President Katalin Novák has met with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Dar es Salaam, where they signed an agreement on expanding the Stipendium Hungaricum grant program to Tanzanian students in 2024-2026.
The president said Stipendium Hungaricum supports some 12,000 students studying in Hungary from all over the world. The agreement will now provide that opportunity for Tanzanian youth too, she added. Samia Suluhu Hassan said the agreement also allowed Hungarian students to win grants at Tanzanian universities. The talks also touched on the war in Ukraine, migration, demographic issues and strengthening economic ties, Novák said. As the first Hungarian president ever to visit the East African country, Novák said she aimed to “understand the Tanzanian people’s mentality and way of life.” The president said she had discussed their countries’ history with her Tanzanian counterpart, and saw the meeting as an opportunity to “grasp the challenges the other faces and to learn from each other”. Hungary aims to enable foreign students studying at its universities to return to their homelands and use their knowledge there, she said. Meanwhile, there is room to expand economic ties between the two countries, said Novák. She said she planned to organise a business forum during Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Budapest to bring the economic players of the two countries together. She also invited Samia Suluhu Hassan to the Demographic Summit Budapest will host in September. Novák is scheduled to stay in Tanzania until Thursday. She will lay a wreath at the memorial plaque of Hungarian traveller and natural historian Kálmán Kittenberger. She will also visit the grave of Hungarian doctor László Sáska on Thursday.