The American Spaces program in Budapest, initiated by the U. S. State Department in cooperation with Corvinus University of Budapest, organized the reopening ceremony of its American Corner on September 16, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
American Corner is a cultural, educational and information center equipped with smart technology which, the press release explains, has all been renewed and is of the highest quality.
Welcome speeches at the reopening were given by Zoltán Oszkár Szántó, Vice-Rector for General Affairs of Corvinus University; Marc D. Dillard, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Budapest; and Ferenc von Maurer, director of American Spaces.
The American Spaces program and its budget is approved by the U.S. Senate and the material of the program is set out by the U.S. State Department.
The remodeling of the center at Corvinus University started in 2018. In addition to modern furniture, high-tech devices were installed at the center, such as an LED touchscreen interactive board, a MarkerBot 3D printer, Apple MacBook Pro and Air laptops, iPads, Chromebook laptops, and programmable educational robots.
During test programs, Corvinus says it received in just under 24 hours ten times more applications for its summer camps based around the center than the institution had originally planned.
Following the official opening ceremony in September, anyone can join the free, skills-based, educational events, created in line with the challenges of the digital age. Programs include public speaking, debating, essay writing, digital literacy, CV writing, video editing and 3D printing workshops, as well as weekly Conversation Clubs, language exam prep courses, information about American scholarships and summer work.
In addition, for high-schoolers there will also be programs that focus on introducing American culture through multimedia outlets and interactive "Visual USA Coolture" presentations and skill-based prep summer camps.
In addition, free cultural events are also offered at the American Spaces Budapest office; plays, improvisation workshops, a presentation series about "Milestones in U.S. Music History," and analytical presentations about the U.S. 2020 elections. The presenters and moderators on these programs are U.S. experts, U.S. university students spending their scholarships in Hungary, or Hungarian experts who have studied in America.
Since July 1, Corvinus has been maintained by the Maecenas Universitatis Corvini Trust Foundation. The university says that it wishes to be one of the 200 best universities in the world and the 100 best in Europe in international higher education rankings by 2030.
Corvinus says it wishes to increase the number of its English training programs with training programs, offered jointly with foreign partners. By 2030, the University wants to increase the share of students on foreign language training programs by almost threefold, with the final aim of giving Hungarian youths the chance to receive higher education training at Western European quality in Hungary.