The Ambassador of Oman to expand cooperation

The Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Hungary visited the University of Debrecen on Tuesday to discuss the University's training portfolio and its extensive domestic and international network of contacts. Malallah Albalushi also inquired about the possibility of increasing the number of Omani students during his meeting with Rector Zoltán Szilvássy.

Rector Zoltán Szilvássy and Director of Coordination and Strategy Okszána Kiszil presented the history of higher education in Debrecen, the university's training and mobility system, its unique infrastructure and its ever-expanding international network to the delegation from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Hungary.

Zoltán Szilvássy also highlighted the institution's four-helix innovation structure, in which it works with industry, government officials and financial institutions to implement projects designed to harmonise research.

- I have been serving as ambassador to Hungary for three months, during which time I have met with openness everywhere. I am pleased to see that this is also the case at the University of Debrecen, as I came here with the aim of broadening cooperation between the renowned universities of my country and your institution," Malallah Albalushi said at the meeting.

Through the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship scheme, 38 Omani students are currently studying in Hungary, 11 of them at the University of Debrecen, the largest number of them in the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management. The diplomat called for the expansion of the number of students in the fields of agricultural and medical sciences, IT, cyber security and artificial intelligence, among others.

- Our university boasts a Confucius Institute for Chinese culture and relations, a Russian Cultural and Language Centre for Russian traditions and students, and we are in the process of setting up a cultural and community point, a so-called Turkic Corner for our Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Azeri and Turkish students. It is conceivable that in the future we will create a similar one for students from Arab countries studying here," said Rector Zoltán Szilvássy.

At the end of Tuesday's meeting Malallah Albalushi and Zoltán Szilvássy agreed to continue talks.


The Omani delegation also visited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hajdú-Bihar County; the diplomats were accompanied by a representative of the organisation to the University of Debrecen.

Press Office – TH