European Relations Department
European Union relations and the Visegrad Cooperation play a central role in the activities of the Antall József Knowledge Centre, since the very concept of the V4 was established by József Antall, who, in addition to the regional cooperation, also considered European integration as a factor of key importance in the future of Hungary.
In addition to educational events, the European Relations Department also organises professional programmes and conferences for a wide international audience. Events by the Department include workshops, panel discussions, organised for students and experts alike, a summer school and a leadership training. The Department also contributes to the research activity of AJKC. There are two research tracks connected to the Department–the EU research track focuses mainly on topics related to member states and EU institutions, while the Central Europe research track has a special focus on the Central European region and the foreign policies of the V4 countries.
It is a high priority for the European Relations Department to engage in long-term cooperation with relevant foreign institutions that can contribute to the implementation of its international educational programmes, research projects, and publications. The Department works in partnership with the following institutions: the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the University of Economics and Business in Prague, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, and The Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe, which publishes the bi-monthly magazine, New Eastern Europe. In the course of its activities, the Department closely cooperates with embassies, universities, research institutes, cultural institutes, and ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Justice.
In the programmes and the research activities of the Department, we are also committed to the neighbouring regions, especially the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership Countries. Our international educational programmes, conferences, and research materials put emphasis on the analysis of these regions too, and we welcome talented young experts from these countries to our events.
Global Relations Department
The Antall József Knowledge Centre devotes special attention to key regions of the world outside of Europe. The goal of the Global Relations Department is to facilitate scientific cooperation between Hungary and states of strategic importance on various continents. An instrument of this effort is the organisation of conferences, roundtable discussions, and workshops, as well as educational and student exchange programmes, which entails the desire to understand the region and support intercultural dialogue.
The main objectives of our colleagues in charge of East Asian affairs include supporting young researchers and experts specialising in the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, facilitating exchange of experience at the international level, and providing a platform for publication. Our colleagues focusing on the Middle East aim to present and analyse the political, economic, cultural, and societal characteristics of the region through conferences, workshops, and roundtable discussions in cooperation with Middle Eastern organisations and educational institutions.
The aim of our experts working on the development and analysis of transatlantic relations is to deepen the broader American-Hungarian relations (including Latin-America and Canada) by bringing together policymakers, established and aspiring experts, scholars and students at both the domestic and international level through conferences, publications, seminars, professional discussions, and research. With the expansion of the Knowledge Centre’s scientific work, the Department also takes part in research projects with the aim of including original materials in the range of publications released by AJKC.
The Global Relations Department is also responsible for building relationships with overseas organisations and universities, especially in Asia and America, as well as for managing scholarship programmes with institutions, such as the Fulbright Commission, in order to provide opportunities for students and young professionals to gain valuable experience in various fields within the AJKC talent management programme.
Talent Management and Innovation Department
Talent management is central to the activities of the Antall József Knowledge Centre. Through the lectures, publication and internship opportunities on offer, secondary school and university students can acquire experience not typically available via school curricula. Our offices in Brussels, Budapest, and Győr all host students who seek internship opportunities either to complete a professional practice as required by universities or out of personal interest.
For secondary school students, the Soda Lab (since autumn 2013) and Talent Academy (since 2018) have been organising events, company visits and mentor programmes on education and career guidance and the useful ways of spending their community service required by their schools. The projects present a new view on education, that are based on opinion-sharing, learning in groups, first-hand experiences, and cooperation.
The publishing activities of AJKC involve releasing professional publications, scientific 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 is made up of works incorporating the latest results of international relations and geopolitics, the history of politics, economics, and psychology.