Hungary and China have signed an interstate agreement under Hungary’s amended higher education law to allow continued operations of the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Budapest.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade highlighted that the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine was the second higher education institution secured under the new higher education law after McDaniel College of the US State of Maryland. He also expressed hope that an agreement would eventually be reached on the future of Budapest’s Central European University as well.
The minister said that this proves that the criteria laid down in the higher education law can be met. He added that there are a total of five universities in Hungary whose home countries needed to sign interstate agreements with Hungary in order to secure their continued operations in the country.
Minister Szijjártó noted that Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine has had a school at Budapest’s Semmelweis University since 2010. He also noted that in May, Hungary and China elevated their bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, the highest rank in China’s diplomatic relations.