AmCham language program reaches 10,000 students

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The Language Ambassador Program of the American Chamber Of Commerce In Hungary launched five years ago now features the involvement of more than 10,000 secondary school students in Budapest and surrounding areas, according to a press release today.

Péter Csucska, GM of Lexmark Hungary and AmCham Board Member speaking at secondary school Terézvárosi Kereskedelmi Szakközépiskola és Szakiskola. (Photo: Hajnalka Hurta) 

Currently, 197 volunteers of 59 member companies take part in the program, to help raise awareness in more than 90 secondary schools about the importance of speaking foreign languages. 

“Together with our 365 members, our goal is to see a ten-spot world competitiveness improvement in ten years for Hungary,” said Írisz Lippai-Nagy, CEO of AmCham Hungary, commenting on the Language and Career Ambassador Programs that are an integral part of the AmCham strategy introduced last year. 

In order to reach the “10in10” goal, AmCham chose four areas where the chances of making a significant impact are the highest. These focus areas are investment, talent, innovation, and health. Hungary is currently ranked 77th among the 148 countries assessed for labor market efficiency, the press statement says. 

The Language Ambassador Program supported by the Ministry of Human Capacities was launched in 2011 to help raise awareness among high school students of one of the European Union’s eight key competencies; the importance of communication in foreign languages, AmCham said. 

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