VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

14 November 2018

On the occasion of the 143rd and 86th anniversaries of Kuno Klebelsberg’s birth and death, respectively, the Klebelsberg Cultural Center honors the memory of the onetime Minister of Religion and Education by organizing a weeklong commemorative event between November 12th and 18th, 2018. Our own Gábor Ujváry has been invited to attend. His presentation is titled Birth, History and Epilogue of the Collegium Hungaricum after WWII.      

Kuno Klebelsberg often referred to the two foundational motivations of his thinking on culture: 1.) raising the educational levels of the “lowest classes” and 2.) the necessity of engendering a class of Hungarian elites who could perceive events from a European perspective. In the interests of the latter, he created a scholarship program for the cream of Hungarian youth (today what we would refer to as a postgraduate program) and to foster their further  development, set up a network of so-called Collegium Hungaricums (CH) in foreign cities that were important to Hungary from a foreign policy point of view. CH’s were opened in Berlin and Vienna in 1924, in Rome in 1927, and a CH-like institution in Paris also in 1927, where Hungarian scholarship students could further their studies; approximately three-fourths of these students would later go on to join the Hungarian intellectual class. 

There is no entry fee for the event, but preregistration is required. You may register here.

Location: Klebelsberg Cultural Center, Templom u. (Street) 2-10, Budapest

Date: 6:30 PM on (Wednesday) November 14th, 2018