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Apr 29, 2019

Hungary forges auto industry and inter-university cooperation with China’s Chongqing city

The Chinese-Hungarian auto industry innovation forum presented opportunities offered by the Hungarian-Chinese Technology Transfer Centre as well as developments in the “smart auto industry”

László Palkovics, the minister in charge of innovation and technology, has discussed auto industry and inter-university cooperation on Sunday in southwestern China’s Chongqing city.

According to MTI, the minister attended a Chinese-Hungarian auto industry innovation forum organized by the Hungarian consulate general and the Chongqing Science and Technology Bureau. The forum presented opportunities offered by the Hungarian-Chinese Technology Transfer Centre as well as developments in the “smart auto industry”.

Minister Palkovics said most of the Hungarian auto industry’s research and development focuses on the development of electronically-controlled vehicle systems. The minister said Hungary was “particularly strong” on this front, highlighting the unique infrastructure of the self-driving vehicle test track in Zalaegerszeg, in western Hungary.

During his visit, the minister discussed, among other things, inter-university cooperation. Palkovics also took part in a roundtable discussion on cooperation between Hungarian and Chinese universities. The event was attended by representatives from 16 universities and 11 other organizations involved in education.

The minister noted a bilateral agreement reached in 2014 on bringing a Chinese university to Hungary. Under the agreement, the institution would be operated jointly by the two states, which is unparalleled in Europe, he said.