Zhang Zhongshi’s piano concert in Benczúr Ház

The piano concert of Zhang Zhongshi (张 中 石) was organized by the Sino-European Foundation and performed in Benczur House’s Hall of Festivals in May, this year. Classical pieces of Liszt, Kodály, Chopin and Bach were played, some of which were accompanied by Dániel Gaál’s cello.


Zhang Zhong Shi – in Hungary also known as Márkó – began his musical studies in 2003 as a pianist. After several awards and international accolades, he is currently studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a student of Gábor Eckhardt and László Baranyay. Being one of the 10 musician students who was supported last year by the Bank of China scholarship,  Markó had the opportunity to perform in the Grand Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. For his family, friends and classmates, he showed his talents at his home theater in  Benczúr House on May 17, 2018.

China participating at the Folk Art Festival Hungary

 August 25, 2017 News
It was the melting pot of cultures. music, dance and handicraft.
We have attended the annual Hungarian Folk Art Festival in Buda Castle this year, where Hungarian craftsmen and the members of various handicraft trade associations showcased their talent, work along with the Chinese artists. Our Foundation has invited nine artists from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum to represent China at this prestigious event. Amongst them, there were calligraphist, enamel artist, traditional Chinese  dough dolls maker, seal carving artist, master of miniature, lacquer artist, metal and goldsmith, embroidery artist and paper cutting master.

It was a great pleasure again participating at this wonderful celebration! Thank You!


Joint summer program in Hungary

For the second time, we have been organizing the joint summer program of Teleki Blanka Economics Grammar School and Shanghai Pudong Foreign Affairs and Service School. The English workshop program took place from 24 June until 8 July with the participation of 2 teachers and 16 students from China, along with Teleki Blanka Grammar School teachers and students. The aim of the program was to build relationship between the two schools, to exchange ideas about the different school systems and to share intercultural experience . Great bonds were formed and wonderful memories.

We would like to express the gratitude to the Teleki Blanka Economics Grammar School and the Budapest Economic University for their help.

Again, it was a great pleasure to attend this program!

Chinese fencer coaches advanced training in Budapest

Following the young fencing athlete program, between 18 June and 1 July 2017, special fencing coach training was held. The two-week intensive training was organized jointly with the Physical Education University Budapest. During the program, the Chinese coaches had the opportunity to learn different teaching techniques.

Shanghai Lixin University fencing team training at the Tata Olympic camp

In between May 28 and June 10, 2017, the Shanghai Lixin University fencer team trained at the Tata Olympic Training Camp organized by the Hungarian Fencing Association. In the one-week intensive camp, the Chinese fencers had a chance to work together with Greek, Ukrainian and Hungarian athletes. After the camp in Tata, the group spent several days in Prague, where the Czech fencers’ association welcomed them. Similarly, they also had the opportunity to participate in training sessions organized by the association. The programs were co-ordinated by the Sino-European Foundation.

The Asian and the Central European models tested: learning from the past, sharing for the future

The two days’ conference was held in Budapest on May 17-18, 2017. It was organised by the Oriental Business and Innovation Centre (OBIC), which was established by the Budapest Business School / University of Applied Sciences (BBS) and the Hungarian Central Bank. Sino-European Foundation whole-heartedly supported the initiative and welcomed scholars from China.

The conference focused on the following themes:

  • Asian and Central European development models revisited
  • The rise of geopolitics?
  • Challenges of the higher education system in a regional and global context
  • Corporate financial and management challenges in changing business environments
  • Doing business in a diverse social environment

The goal of the conference was to promote exchanges of academic ideas and different perspectives by scholars from the Asia-Pacific region and Central Europe related to developments in the fields of political science and economics, regional studies, tourism, international relations, and intercultural perspectives. The conference intended to strengthen the bridge between the two regions and wanted to contribute to a deeper mutual understanding. In addition to this, one of the key words of our rapidly transforming global environment is ‘diversification.’ This means that regions from very different geographical areas may increasingly find common interests that can be utilised and best practices that can be learnt.

For more information please visit the conference website:


The Foundation of China – Central Eastern European Institute in Budapest – China’s first overseas think tank opens in Europe

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) recently launched a think tank in Hungary to promote cooperation and academic exchanges with countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The think tank, China’s first in Europe, is part of President Xi Jinping’s strategy of culture “going out.” The foundation of the Institute and the event was supported by our Sino-European Foundation.

The China-CEE Institute was launched at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, capital of Hungary, on April 24, 2017. Liu Qibao, head of the CPC Central Committee’s Publicity Department and CASS President Wang Weiguang attended the launching ceremony of the China-CEE Institute.

The keynote speech was delivered by Wang Weiguang, president of CASS, chairman of the think tank network and honorary president of the newly established institute.

Explaining the need for the institute, Wang said growing cooperation between China and CEE countries in all fields requires think tanks and academic institutions to broaden and further studies and exchanges on new situations and issues.

This is an important step for the development of the China-CEE think tank network and also marks a new stage for people-to-people exchanges and academic communication, Wang added. More than 100 think tank representatives, government officials, businessmen and media professionals participated in the launching ceremony.

The ceremony was followed by a symposium titled “China-CEE Cooperation: Joint Efforts to Address Common Challenges.” Experts and think tank scholars from China and CEE countries discussed the common challenges facing China-CEE cooperation and proposed solutions.

Educational delegation in China

The president of our Foundation, Ms. Anny Gao is visiting China with an official delegation at the present. This educational expert team’s aim is to develop further partnerships and establish new exchange programs between Hungarian and Chinese educational institutions.

They also had a successful meeting with the officials at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. The photo captures the special professional relationship with CASS and Sino European Foundation of Chinese Culture and Education.

Dunhuang Study Tour

17 October 2014

In March 2014 Mr. Chang Jiahuang, who is the representative of the center of Dunhuang modern caves, invited teachers and students from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts to visit Dunhuang and proposed an artistic dialogue between the two parties. The subject of the trip is to study the Dunhuang caves (among others, the Mogao Caves, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas).

Situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.

The program was successfully completed in September 2014. In addition to the knowledge and experience they gathered during the trip, the group was able to create their own mural paintings in one of the caves of Dunhuang. Two paintings were created, one features the style of Art Nouveau, while the other summons the ancient symbol of the „Tree of Life” and the „World Tree”.

About Dunhuang:

Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was first constructed in 366AD and represents the great achievement of Buddhist art from the 4th to the 14th century. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures. Cave 302 of the Sui dynasty contains one of the oldest and most vivid scenes of cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, depicting a camel pulling a cart typical of trade missions of that period. Caves 23 and 156 of the Tang dynasty show workers in the fields and a line of warriors respectively and in the Song dynasty Cave 61, the celebrated landscape of Mount Wutai is an early example of artistic Chinese cartography, where nothing has been left out – mountains, rivers, cities, temples, roads and caravans are all depicted.


Cooperation between Shanghai Donghui Vocational School and Blanka Teleki Vocational School of Economics

June 2016.

We have witnessed a unique initiative, when a Hungarian and a Chinese vocational school concluded a partnership agreement with the support of  Sino-European Foundation.

The students of Shanghai Dounghui have visited Hungary to learn about the culture, country and also to build relationship with the Hungarian students to understand better each other culture and to get a better insight about education.

The exchange program was so successful that we can expect more joint programs in the near future.