PetrSU Students at Summer University in Hungary
Students of the Department of Baltic and Finnish Philology of PetrSU took summer courses in Hungarian studies.
The Summer University in Hungarian studies took place in the city of Badacsonytomaj on the Lake Balaton. Among its participants were representatives of national republics of Komi, Udmurtia, Mari-El, and Karelia.
Teachers of universities of Hungary delivered lectures on the history, culture, literature, and architecture of Hungary. The organizer of the Summer University is Janos Pusztay, a scholar of Finno-Ugrian studies, director of Collegium Fenno-Ugricum.
The Department of Ural Philology of the University of Western Hungary has been hosting the two-week-long Summer University for 20 years. The courses on Hungarian studies are held in the Russian language for representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Among the participants are journalists, cultural workers, public figures, and students. Professor Janos Pusztay highlighted that the aim of the Summer University is, on the one hand, to provide information about Hungary and, on the other hand, discuss crucially important issues for all peoples who live in minority (Finno-Ugric peoples). The participants and teachers discussed problems of modern Finno-Ugric studies, bilingualism, and preservation of the languages and cultures of the Finno-Ugric peoples.
PetrSU students shared their impressions of the trip.
“The summer courses on Hungarian studies in Badacsonytomaj were of great benefit both in respect of studies and work. We had an amazing opportunity to attend lectures on Hungarian literature, architecture, learn about the Hungarian language and the history of Hungary. The lectures were delivered by outstanding teachers of Hungarian universities who told us about the troubled past of the Hungarian people, motivated us, representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples, to preserve language and culture.
This year is the anniversary year of the summer courses. For the 20th time, Professor Janos Pusztay has hosted this event for people who are interested in the Hungarian culture and work with the Finno-Ugric languages. This is an opportunity for youth to gain new knowledge and experience, get a fresh look at the task of preserving the language and cultures of native people. Our power lies in diversity, in the fact that we are all different and the cultures of our peoples are one of a kind.
The Summer University featured a conference of the Finno-Ugric peoples at which representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples from different regions of Russia covered language situation and the activities on preservation of folk culture in each region. The participants of the summer courses benefited from attending the conference, and learned more about the situations in the regions, and compared those with what is happening to their people.
A special thanks to Professor Janos Pusztay. He is an outstanding linguist who has time and energy to help our peoples. The fate of our peoples is in our hands.
“First of all, I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Janos Pusztay for the opportunity to be a part of the Summer University on Hungarian studies. To my mind, this is a great chance to learn the history, culture, and architecture of Hungary, discuss issues of the Finno-Ugric peoples, share practices and adopt the experience of other representatives of national republics.
Thanks to flexible schedule we managed to see the local sights, visit the capital of Hungary Budapest, the ancient city of Balatonfured and summit the renowned Badacsony Mountain.
Every day we met students and postgraduates from the University of Budapest who held lectures on the Hungarian language, told about the historical events and in the evening sang Hungarian songs. I think that all the participants of the Summer University left with an enormous bundle of knowledge and new ideas.”
The visit of PetrSU students to Hungary was organized with the support of Oxford Russia Fund, Ministry of National and Regional Policy of the Republic of Karelia and the Students’ Union of PetrSU.