Shanghai-based Fudan University, a major public research university, is to open a campus in Budapest, which is due to accept students in 2024, the Financial Times has reported.
The Hungarian government is donating €2.2 million to the project, which will become the first Chinese university to operate in the EU.
Fudan University will offer courses in international relations, economics, medicine and technical sciences and cater to up to 6,000 students. Until the Budapest campus opens, joint degree programmes with four Hungarian universities are being offered.
A Hungarian government spokesman said Fudan’s “Budapest campus will considerably facilitate the creation of high-quality education infrastructure and raise the standard of education”, adding that the campus will “give a boost to further Chinese investment, especially the establishment of research and development centres of Chinese enterprises in Hungary”.
Hungary will donate 2.2 million from its public purse to the Shanghai-based Fudan University for its offshoot in Budapest, which regulators have said can launch in 2024.
Agnes Szunomar, a researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, said the government’s accord with Fudan “is about unconditional love between Hungary and China”, according to the Financial Times.
“Quite a lot of countries in Europe have different agreements with Chinese universities, and many European universities collaborate with Chinese counterparts,” said Szunomar.
Fudan University is one of the highest-ranking higher education institutions in the world, placing 34th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.
Date published: 19 January 2021