Hungary is planning to offer more full scholarships to Filipino students in the coming years.
New Ambassador of Hungary to the Philippines Dr. Titanilla Tóth made the commitment as part of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries during a virtual meeting with President Duterte Wednesday.
The ambassador joined a group of newly assigned foreign envoys who presented their credentials to the President via video conference.
“Hungary is a stable and reliable partner in Europe to your country,” the ambassador told the President.
“Aiming to build our people-to-people contact, Hungary offers 35 full degree full scholarships to Philippine students every year, and we would like to extend this number in the upcoming years,” she added.
The ambassador also vowed to exert efforts to “deepen our friendship and mutual beneficial cooperation, bring our relations to new heights by emphasizing the trade, the water management, the education and cultural activities.”
She cited that the bilateral ties between Hungary and the Philippines have gained a new momentum since its embassy in Manila was reopened in 2016.
The Philippines remains “an important partner” of Hungary in the region, according to Tóth. “Testified by several high-level visits, cardinal agreements, and underlined by the protection of our common solid Christian values together,” she said.
President Duterte has welcomed the cooperative ties between the Philippines and Hungary, particularly thanking European for its support for education of Filipino students.
“Let me express appreciation for Hungary’s scholarships for Filipino students pursuing advanced degrees in your country. This will help foster amity and mutual appreciation between our peoples. These augur well for the future of our relations,” he said in his remarks.
Duterte said he was also pleased with the “strong momentum” of high-level exchanges between the two countries despite the pandemic. He mentioned the visit of Hungary’s foreign minister in October as well as the hosting this week of the 2nd meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation.
“I thank Hungary for supporting the Philippines in the multilateral fora in line with your government’s policy of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries,” he said.
Duterte also took note of Hungary’s financial cooperation proposal to facilitate expanded collaboration on water management and other areas.