Long history of teaching Hungarian brings the President of the Republic of Hungary to visit the University of Tartu
On June 21, Tartu and the University of Tartu are visited by the President of the Republic of Hungary, János Áder. During the visit, he will be meeting the Rector, the Vice-rector and the teaching staff of Hungarian of the University of Tartu, in the course of which he will, among other things, be given an overview of the continuity and developments of teaching Hungarian at the University of Tartu.
Hungarian has been taught at the University of Tartu since 1923. "The Hungarian studies at the University of Tartu are highly acknowledged in Hungary," says Tõnu Seilenthal, Senior Lecturer in Uralic Languages and Hungarology, who was awarded the highest international acknowledgement in the field of Hungarian studies, the János Lotz medal, in 2011. The first Estonian to receive the medal was Docent Paula Palmeos (1911-1990) in 1986.
The President will be meeting the professors, lecturers and students of the Finno-Ugric Department of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tartu. Seilenthal expresses his delight over the visit of the President János Áder to Estonia and the University of Tartu, because active communication between the two counties is extremely important for teaching Hungarology. "Teaching of Hungarology is based on an agreement between the countries, the parties of which take care of teaching Hungarian in Estonia and teaching Estonian in Hungary," Seilenthal says, adding: "lecturers, teachers, students, study materials are exchanged for this purpose." Pursuant to the agreement, there are Estonian lecturers who have grown out of the University of Tartu working at the universities of Budapest, Debrecen, Szeged and Szombathely in Hungary. Lecturers from Hungary have been working at the University of Tartu in the period from 1923 to 1941 and again since 1993.
In the course of the visit to the university, the President Áder will also be meeting the Rector, Professor Volli Kalm, and the Vice-Rector for Research, Marco Kirm. In the meeting, they will be discussing future cooperation in promoting the teaching of Estonian and Hungarian at the University of Tartu and at Hungarian universities, as well as the cooperation possibilities of Estonia and Hungary in supporting the languages and cultures of the eastern Finno-Ugric peoples.
The President of the Republic of Hungary, János Áder, will be on a state visit to Estonia from June 20 to June 22.
Further information: Tõnu Seilenthal, Senior Lecturer in Uralic Languages and Hungarology of the University of Tartu, tel.: 7375222, 56 605418, e-mail: tonu.seilenthal [ät] ut.ee.