Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Graduation ceremony for Hungary- FAO fellows

21 June 2013, Budapest, Hungary

FAO-Hungary scholarship, graduation, 201318 students celebrated at the Ministry of Rural Development their Master Degrees in various agricultural disciplines (Horticulture, Animal Science, Food Science and Environmental Management). They are the forth cohort of foreign students financed by the Hungary – FAO Scholarship Programme. The students graduated at Corvinus University of Budapest and Universities of Debrecen and of Kaposvár. The celebration was opened by Mr Géza Poprády, Secretary of State, Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary and Mr Raimund Jehle, Senior Field Programme Officer, REU.
Mr Poprády highlighted the importance of the programme for Hungary and expressed his expectations that through the students the links to the countries will be further intensified. Mr Jehle emphasised the excellent support of Hungary regarding FAO’s work in the Region and indicated that the students will contribute to enhance FAO’s links with the countries of the Region and also called the students on making contacts with the relevant FAO Country Representations. The graduated fellows come from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Viet Nam.
The Scholarship Programme started in 2007 as part of the FAO-Hungary Host Agreement with the establishment of the Regional Office and the Shared Service Centre.  Based on this experience, Hungary extended the fellowship and there will be 44 more students for the next two years. It provides a unique opportunity for young specialists from developing countries to improve their professional skills and competences. FAO provides technical advice on the selection of the fellows and our staff participates in the training activities (on gender perspectives, international cooperation, etc.).