The government regulation Nr. 176/1998. (X. 30.) discusses the Agreement on mutual recognition of qualification documents and academic certificates between the Government of Hungary and the Government of People’s Republic of China.
The most significant results of the educational area in the 21st century:
September 2004 – The opening of the Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Primary School.
December 2006 – The establishment of the first Confucius Institute in Hungary.
In December 2006, the ELTE Confucius Institute opened its gates. Later three more were established, one in autumn 2012 at Szeged, in August 2013 at Miskolc and in March 2015 Pécs Confucius Institute also was inaugurated.
December 2012 – Starting the Pop up Hungary program.
Pop up Hungary project is organized by Beijing Hungarian Cultural Institute in order to promote Hungarian education. The name of the project is part of a brand-building to promote the Hungarian education and educational institution to the Chinese in a single framework. The project concentrates mainly on rural areas, and had many successful events organized in Xi’an, Yinchuan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Yangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Chongqing.
13 November 2013 – Signing of Bilateral Educational Cooperation Plan for the years 2013-2015.
Liu Limin deputy minister of the Chinese Ministry of Education and Péter Szijjártó, at that time secretary of state responsible for foreign affairs and trade and also government commissioner responsible for coordinating Chinese relations signed the Cooperation Plan at the Chinese Ministry of Education.
13 November 2013 – Signing of the Agreement on the Establishment of Regional Confucius Institute.
The agreement signed by the Chinese Language Teaching Council and the Eötvös Loránd University states that the University will serve as venue for the Teacher Training Center serving the Confucius Institutes in the Central and Easter European region. (The ELTE Confucius Institute Central and Eastern European Regional Teacher Training Center was officially opened in November 2014.)
Year of 2014 – Starting the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program.
The governmental Scholarship Program, currently handled by the Tempus Public Foundation offers subsidy for foreign students willing to enter the Hungarian higher education system.
27. October 2014 – Inauguration of the Library for Hungarian Language and Music Teaching of Beijing Hungarian Cultural Institute by Péter Szijjártó, minister of foreign affairs and trade.
The collection of the Library is unique in China and offers a free insight for the ones interested in Hungarian music and language teaching.
November 2015– Inauguration of Hungarian Research Center in Beijing.
The Research Center was inaugurated by Viktor Orbán Prime Minister at Beijing International Studies University.
October 2015 – Starting of the Kodály Point program.
Kodály Point is the own brand of the Beijing Hungarian Cultural Institute which main goal is to promote the music teaching using the Kodály concept. The Kodály Point offers music classes in small groups for children between the age 3-12, for adults, and also offers choir classes for poor children from the neighborhood.
In March 2016 the music education of the Beijing Hungarian Cultural Institute’s Kodály Point started participating in the Chinese national educational system. At the moment the program offers music classes using the Kodály concept in Beijing Nr. 1 Kindergarden, in Chaoyang District Experimental Primary School and Beijing Guangqumen High School.
June 2016 – Inauguration of Hungarian Research Center in Tangshan.
The Research Center was inaugurated by Ms. Cecília Szilas, ambassador of Hungary to China at Huabei Technical University.
September 2016 – The Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Primary School was broaden to High School.
From the beginning of the autumn semester of 2016 the School established in 2004 also offers high school education, and became the Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Primary and High School.
11 October 2016 – Signing of Bilateral Educational Cooperation Plan for the years 2016-2018.
Hao Ping deputy minister of the Chinese Ministry of Education and Bence Rétvári, secretary of state signed the Cooperation Plan at the 4th China-CEEC Education Policy Dialogue of EU-China Education Ministers Conference.
Current and proposed Hungarian majors in the higher education institutions of People’s Republic of China:
- Beijing Foreign Studies University – Hungarian major (This is the oldest Hungarian major in China, established in 1961.)
- Beijing International Studies University – Hungarian major (The 7-yers-long major was established in 2015.)
- Sichuan International Studies University – Hungarian major (From September 2016)
- Shanghai International Studies University – Hungarian major (From September 2016)
- Huabei Technical University ( in the city of Tangshan) – optional minor ( From September 2015)
- Tianjin Foreign Studies University – Hungarian major (proposed)
- Xi’an Fanyi University – Hungarian as optional second foreign language (proposed)