H.E. Dr. József Bencze, the Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary in the Philippines, visited the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) on Monday, July 10.
The Ambassador, a lawyer and former National Police Director of Hungary, was received by Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, University President, and other officers of the architecture school. But the invitation goes back to Dean Joseph Espina, and Bro. Bela Lanyi, SVD, the SAFAD External Linkages Coordinator who is himself of Hungarian origin.
Ambassador Bencze was impressed by the vibrant contacts of SAFAD with Hungary. After 2015 when a delegation of the University of Pécs in Hungary visited SAFAD, vibrant linkages were established. While USC regularly sends PhD, MA, BS Architecture students to Pécs, a Hungarian architecture professor from Pécs spent a semester at SAFAD. He was successful in introducing in Cebu ArchiCad, a newly purchased Hungarian software with excellent capacities for building information modeling (BIM) .
After a meeting with school officials, Ambassador Bencze gave a highly appreciated talk at the SAFAD Theater. He presented new opportunities for international cooperation, and in particular with Hungary. After his speech, the Commercial Attache of the Hungarian Embassy in Manila, Dr. András Ruff came on stage. Dr. Russ emphasized that while Hungary is located in Central Europe, its language is of Asian origin, and that Hungarian people are highly receptive to Asian culture.
This attitude is similar to the sensitivity of Filipinos who are in East Asia but deeply influenced by the European culture. Therefore, Filipinos who intend to study in Hungary will like the country. The Hungarian government offers a special scholarship, Stipendium Hungaricum, that will make it possible for young Filipinos to acquire their BS, MA or PhD studies in Hungary fully covered by the Hungarian state. USC SAFAD’s students asked several questions which showed their interest in this new opportunity.

Source: Bro. Bela Lanyi, SVD
Department of Architecture
11 July 2017