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EUR 15 M granted by the Budapest government to Hungarian universities of Transylvania. Orban received the ‘Bocskai Istvan’ award for his contribution to the development of the Sapientia University.
The Hungarian government will allot, in the coming years, HUF 4 bln (nearly EUR 15 M) for the Sapientia and Partium universities of Transylvania. The announcement was made yesterday by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, during the event that marked the opening of the academic year at the Sapientia University of Targu Mures. On this occasion, the Hungarian official signed the ‘accord in principles’ on the collaboration between the government of Hungary, the Sapientia Foundation and the Partium Christian University of Oradea, for the development of Hungarian-language higher education in Transylvania. “This accord does not provide exact data and only lists well-established purposes and principles,” Orban said, quoted by Mediafax. The rector of the Sapientia University, Laszlo David later said that the money will serve to continuing the investment in the university’s building of Cluj-Napoca, building a student hostel with 240 places in Targu Mures and expanding the educational facilities in Miercurea Ciuc with bio-technology laboratories.Viktor Orban also received from the Sapientia University the ‘Bocskai Istvan’ award (named after a prince that lived in Transylvania during the 17th Century), granted in premiere by the institution “as recognition of outstanding merits” for the development of the university. According to the Laudatio, when the university was founded, there were many skeptics in Transylvania that claimed Sapientia would have neither students, nor professors, but Viktor Orban said that “where there’s a lake, there will also be fish and other creatures,” and he was proven right. In his turn, the Hungarian PM said that “nobody can deny his roots and blood,” and Hungarians must be proud with their history, as “self-pity is wrong.” “Hungary lost millions of people, it lost territories, but we must not pity ourselves and instead we must work hard and use the suffering through centuries to our benefit. Self-pity will kill our nation.” The award will be granted, each year, to personalities.Asked to comment the recent request made by the Romanian foreign minister Titus Corlatean to Hungarian politicians to refrain from getting involved in the Romanian electoral campaign, Viktor Orban answered: “Fortunately, we are free people,” hinting that each will do what he pleases in this regard.