H.E. Mr. József Zoltán Magyar, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Croatia, and Ms. Anita Györei, Counsellor and Permanent Deputy Ambassador, visited the University of Rijeka Rectorate on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. They were welcomed by Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., UNIRI Rector, Prof. Ines Srdoč-Konestra, Ph.D., Dean of the UNIRI Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Ms. Nina Kolaković, UNIRI Rector’s Office.
Madam Rector and Ambassador Magyar discussed the possibility of opening a Hungarian language lectorate at the Department of Croatian Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, following the model of already established Polish, Macedonian and Slovenian lectorates. The students of the University of Rijeka could thus learn Hungarian as part of an elective course, but also learn more about Hungarian culture and civilization and the common past of the Croatian and Hungarian languages and peoples.
Ambassador Magyar expressed his great interest in opening a Hungarian language lectorate in Rijeka, which would enable the Hungarian language, except in Zagreb and Osijek, to be taught at the University of Rijeka.
The Hungarian language lectorate is set to start operating in the next academic year. One professor from Hungary is set to come to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka and will, depending on his profile, hold language courses and/or a course dedicated to Hungarian history, literature, and culture.