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Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary Visits the University of Szeged

His Excellency Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary delivered a lecture at the University of Szeged on the 11th November, 2019. The presentation gave perspective on British-Hungarian relations and predictions on what might happen after Brexit, how it would affect education as well as Hungarians studying and living in the United Kingdom.

’Thank you for the invitation, it is my pleasure to be here at the University of Szeged’ Iain Lindsay commenced, who greeted the audience in Hungarian. The ambassador mainly focused on Brexit and its possible consequences.

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’I believe that we are facing two possible options: we either reach an agreement with Brussels or we have to face a no-deal Brexit’ the British Ambassador to Hungary said. He emphasized that one of the main concerns is the establishment of a ’hard border’ between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Parliament votes on 12th December will break deadlock in Brexit negotiations, the issue on how the UK should divorce the European Union will not be debated in the House of Commons until then.

The United Kingdom would become the biggest non-EU trading partner of Hungary if Brexit happened, therefore an agreement guaranteeing free trade subsequently would be desirable.

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Brexit would affect international students studying in the United Kingdom, also Hungarians. According to the ambassador, about 200,000 Hungarians are currently living and 500,000 international students are studying in the United Kingdom – as a result, the maintenance of foreigners’ rights is of major importance.

Strengthening the relation between the two countries has always been a priority for the United Kingdom, while deepening them is even more important ever since the imminent Brexit, according to His Excellency.

’This is illustrated by the fact that the number of British companies present in Hungary as well as in Szeged is continuously increasing, along with the number of possible investors in research and development’ Her Majesty’s Ambassador concluded.

SZTE Experience

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Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."

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Nikki - Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies

My name is Nikki and I am from Iran. Currently I am a second year student studying Physiotherapy at the University of Szeged. I really like the Environment of Szeged as it is a true University City where you can meet people from around the world. I consider Szeged as my second home since I have established my own path here and I have a lot of friends who make me feel home. The reason why I came to Szeged is because I was informed by one of my friends about the fact that the University degrees are EU accredited and will help me to reach my goals and open doors for future job opportunities. Once I have obtained my degree, I would like to stay in Hungary and pursue a post graduate program. Later on I will seize the opportunity to gain some job experience in my field here in Hungary before I hold my ground in Europe.

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