Budapest Office—Main Office
The Antall József Knowledge Centre (AJKC) in Hungary, during its ten years of existence, has introduced a variety of events targeting Hungarian students enrolled in higher education, as well as domestic and international professional audiences. The Knowledge Centre is named after József Antall (1932–1993), a Hungarian teacher, educator, librarian, historian, and statesman, who served as the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Hungary after the fall of communism (from 23 May 1990 to his death on 12 December 1993).
The Knowledge Centre’s main objectives, in line with PM Antall’s philosophy, include managing talent and providing students and young professionals with wide-ranging practical knowledge through various events. The Knowledge Centre is a foreign policy think tank researching topics such as the Visegrad Cooperation, the future global role of the EU, the US, China, issues of the Middle East and Far East, security policy, as well as technological and social innovation.
The whole of AJKC works toward strengthening institutional relations both at the national and international level, developing scholarship and internship programmes, and boosting professional cooperation via international conferences, workshops, and event series. Our institution’s main office is located in Budapest, operating with two international departments—focusing on European and global relations, respectively— and a thematic department—covering areas such as talent management and innovation. In addition, AJKC has a regional office Győr and an office in Brussels, which was established in 2015 to represent the Antall philosophy in the heart of the European Union and promote the values that he stood for at an international level.
The publishing activities of AJKC involve releasing professional publications, scholarly works on political and social sciences (with special regard to security policy and international relations), as well as university textbooks. In our autobiographical series, prominent personalities of the Cold War period, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, and Helmut Kohl, recount crucial years and decisions still affecting their lives. Reacting to events of political, social, and economic significance in the 21st century, the professional publications series of the Knowledge Centre features works incorporating the latest results of international relations and geopolitics, the history of politics, economics, and psychology.
The Brussels Office of Antall József Knowledge Centre represent the political, economic, and cultural philosophy of József Antall, Hungary’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister after the fall of Communism. The Office is dedicated to following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Antall, whose vision of Hungary and its place in Europe made him a remarkable statesman. He was not only the initiator of the Visegrad Cooperation but he started the EU accession talks as soon as Hungary regained its full sovereignty. With his visit to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 18 July 1990, he paved the way for Hungary’s full membership in NATO, while, on 16 December 1991, he signed the Association Agreement of the European Communities.
The aim of the Brussels Office is to preserve this pro-European and pro-Transatlantic legacy, as well as his belief in participatory democracy and freedom, while also emphasising the importance of learning the lessons of history and promoting future progress.
The establishment of the Brussels Office enables the Knowledge Centre to transcend regional boundaries and represent the legacy and values of Prime Minister Antall on a European level. Therefore, our objectives include analysing the political-economic-social agenda of the EU, connecting Hungarian opinion leaders with their international counterparts, organising events, and engaging established experts and young people in an intercultural dialogue.
As a result of the cooperation agreement between Széchenyi István University and the Antall József Knowledge Centre, the Győr Office was opened in September 2016. The primary aim of the Office is to enrich the scientific, educational, and community life of the university through the organisation of joint events, such as conferences, workshops, professional forums, and discussions. Furthermore, the Győr Office intends to initiate and facilitate the development and maintenance of regional professional collaborations in topics corresponding with the interests of the Knowledge Centre.
In addition to the programmes organised mainly in the field of political and social sciences, the Győr Office also seeks to focus on issues that are closely connected to the economic circumstances of the city and might be relevant for the further development of the region (e.g. Industry 4.0, digital transformation, and their social consequences; industrial innovations, etc.).
Internship programmes are also available in Győr, thereby providing students with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with and take part in the work of the Knowledge Centre. Activities as part of the internship programme also allow students to gain professional and practical skills that they would not necessarily acquire during the university training. Moreover, with its programmes and projects, the Győr Office aims to address locals and the representatives of the private sector potentially interested in the Knowledge Center’s activities and, thus, intends to actively contribute to the diversification of the intellectual activities of the city.