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Jan 24, 2017

Hungarian city of Pécs awarded prestigious UNESCO award

Pécs has become the first Hungarian city to win UNESCO’s Global Learning City Award in 2017

The city of Pécs has become the first Hungarian city to win UNESCO’s Global Learning City Award this year, the local council and Pécs University have announced.

According to MTI, UNESCO has granted the award to Pécs along with 15 other cities in recognition of their outstanding efforts in “promoting access to education and lifelong learning."

“Pécs has initiated a forum to serve as a platform for experts and stakeholders to further learning city development," UNESCO said.

Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary, Pécs is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Early Christian burial chamber found outside Italy, the Necropolis of Sopianae, which dates back to the fourth century. South of Pécs lies the Villány region, Hungary’s most southerly wine region, known for its full-bodied and spicy reds.

The award will be presented to the city during the 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities in Cork, Ireland, between September 18 and 20.