More and more Moroccans would study at Hungarian universities

Tar Gábor | 2023-02-01
Nearly 1,200 Moroccan students have applied to Hungarian universities for the academic year starting in September. Of these, 165 students will get scholarships.

Between 2023 and 2025, the number of scholarship places for Moroccan students at Hungarian universities will increase from an annual 150 to 165. This is stated in an agreement signed by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Morocco’s minister for higher education and innovation.  

Record number of Moroccan applicants

As reported by MTI, Szijjártó stressed that in addition to the continuous growth, a record number of students (1,151) from Morocco have applied to study for this academic year.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Abdellatif Miraoui, Morocco’s minister for higher education and innovation at a press conference on 30 January. (Photo: MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry)

The rectors’ conferences of the two countries will hold a joint meeting in March. Hungarian institutions will send guest lecturers to the largest Moroccan universities and also fund joint research projects.

More than a thousand students from Turkey also study here

A few weeks ago, Péter Szijjártó signed a higher education cooperation agreement with the Turkish Minister of Education for the period 2023-2025.

Under the agreement, the Hungarian government will increase the number of scholarship places for Turkish students from 150 to 200 each year. In line with current challenges, this will include medical and nuclear training.

Hungary is now the 12th most popular foreign destination for Turkish students. More than 1,000 Turkish students are studying in Hungary this year. 16 Hungarian universities have Turkish partners with continuous exchange of lecturers and students. Two universities run a Turkology department, while Ankara University offers courses in Hungarian studies.

Nearly 42,000 foreign students study in Hungary

The number of foreign students studying in Hungary has increased significantly in recent years. According to preliminary data of the KSH (the Hungarian Central Statistical Office), in the academic year 2022-23 a total of nearly 42,000 foreign students study in Hungarian higher education.