MCC Budapest Summit on Migration

Each year, Mathias Corvinus Collegium organises a several days long international conference on a global topical issue under the title MCC Budapest Summit, which is considered a science and public life summit and is associated with further accompanying events offering nearly a week of exciting programmes for the participants. Launched in 2019 with the intention of establishing a tradition, MCC Budapest Summit brings together heads of governments, state officials, international best-selling writers and globally esteemed researchers. MCC’s goal is the monitoring and high-level transformation of international political, economic and social discourse. The speakers attending our international conferences have a definitive role regarding also the course of Hungarian intellectual discourse, and through their lectures held at MCC they improve the quality of the trainings offering long-lasting experience to our students. In 2019, Budapest Summit focused on the social, economic and security policy issues associated with migration and the conference to be held in November 2020 will be centred around patriotism.

For over a decade now, we have been organising professional and social events in the British capital under the title MCC London Summit. The event, initially organised only for our foreign partners and alumni community living in the island country, is now also open for the media and the wider public and has evolved into a larger conference. MCC London Summit offers an excellent opportunity for presenting Hungary to the world through the professional activities of our institution and through professional discussions about topical issues of interest for many people. At our last London event, we explored the issue of nation-state sovereignty.


London Summit

The Summit is the initiative of the MCC and the Hungarian Embassy in London. On March 26, 2013, the Hungarian Embassy in London hosted a professional conference for our international professors and leading experts in Hungarian political and economic life. This meeting has since been held annually. By organizing the meetings, it is possible to think together about the future of Europe and the possibilities of Hungary. Thanks to our extensive, international network of professors, we have great professional relationships. We consider it important that we use this contact capital for social purposes in addition to training our students, which is why the 1st MCC London Summit was held with the intention of creating tradition. The event was attended by prestigious professionals, including our regular lecturers. Among those present were, among others, Prof. Dr. Malcolm Gillies, CEO and Deputy Rector of London Metropolitan University; the London School of Economics and Political Science was represented by Prof. Dr. Stuart Corbridge, also Head of the Institute for International Development at the renowned higher education institution and Prof. Dr. Rodney Barker, a researcher and Professor Emeritus in economics and political science. Also attended Prof. Dr. David Sims, a researcher in organizational behaviour from the City University London, who is also a director of the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School, and who has previously gained professional experience at the British Patrol, among others. In addition to education professionals, representatives of big business companies also appeared: Richard Hamilton, Corporate Director of KPMG International, and Jonathan Horsman, marketing director and head of department at Project Associates Rt.

The 2013 meeting was also honoured by the presence of Prof. Dr. David Venter, a practical management instructor at Vlerick Business School in Belgium, formerly head of the South African Institute for Government Communication and personal advisor to Nelson Mandela. At the beginning of the first professional meeting at the British Embassy, Ambassador János Csák and András Tombor, the founder and curator of our Collegium, greeted the participants and expressed their pleasure that MCC could be a mediator between academics, professionals and Hungarian economic and political life, and can promote the effective, professional integration of international trends and tendencies into the Hungarian public administration system. The meeting was praised, among others, by János Strohmayer, the managing partner of McKinsey & Company. In his opinion, the mutual reflection that started here marks the beginning of a fruitful, ever closer cooperation between English professors, professional groups and Hungarian participants. Our hopes have been fulfilled: the 1st MCC London Summit was followed by several similarly interesting, fruitful occasions to further develop the partnership between the representatives of the two countries.

Leadership in times of crisis conference

MCC's 1st International Leadership Conference was held with great professional and press interest. The event featured 12 speakers on “Leadership in a Time of Crisis”. In addition to the foreign professors who regularly teach at the MCC Leadership Program, János Lázár, András Tombor, László Bencsik, János Strohmayer and Erik Bogsch also gave lectures on the topic. After the opening speech of the founder and curator of the Collegium, János Lázár was the first to speak. The Secretary of State of Prime Minister's Office emphasized that the government can maintain social trust if, after the crisis, it follows the principle that everyone who is able to do so should take a greater share of the public burden. The Secretary of State stressed that if the sectors with the money do not contribute to the increasing burden, political stability will be weakened. According to the Secretary of State, after the economic crisis of 2008, Europe remained in a crisis, primarily a social one, despite the fact that it was originally created to solve a crisis and lay the foundations for lasting peace and economic growth. "It is quite shocking that the (...) society, organization and structure created to solve the biggest problems of the 20th century are in the most serious and unmanageable crisis today," said János Lázár.

According to him, it is in Hungary's utmost interest for the European Union (EU) to be able to renew the European idea, to have "more Europe" in the sense of social justice and a fair distribution of resources, because in the absence of this, new crises will have to be faced. László Bencsik, deputy CEO of OTP Bank, and head of the Strategy and Finance Division, emphasized that new players in the crisis can rise above the others with new ideas or improve the position of companies through acquisitions. He recalled that crises are not uncommon events, in the last 200 years, on average, about one-fifth of independent states were bankrupt at some point in time. According to the deputy CEO, the main conclusion of the crisis is that the performance of an organization depends mostly on the people who work there and those with whom it is associated.


IV. Countrywide MCC Pedagogue Conference

The pedagogue conference of spring 2019 was organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium with more than 20 years of talent management experience. The aim of such conference is to help both primary and secondary school teachers to enrich their methodological toolkit with international practices through an innovative approach, focusing on skills and competence development, problem solving, and international experience, using the pedagogical, talent management and methodological experience gained in the MCC Youth Talent Program and the Secondary School Program.

Mathias Corvinus Collegium has also launched a complex talent development program for upper elementary school students since the fall of 2015. The Youth Talent Program (FIT) currently has 550 students in seven cities of the region (Budapest, Berehove, Kecskemét, Veszprém, Szolnok, Pécs, Miskolc), where topics not taught in school education, speech-centred English teaching, personalised development, and a real community await the children.

The MCC Secondary School Program (KP) provides motivated, talented high school students with opportunities for extracurricular learning and development. In addition to free e-learning-based social science-focused training, it provides skills and competency development training days on a monthly basis, and talent development camps to students participating in the Program twice a year.

MCC Secondary School Program's Educator Conference

Mathias Corvinus Collegium's Secondary School Program provides motivated, talented high school students with opportunities for extracurricular learning and development. In addition to free e-learning-based, social science-focused training, it provides skills and competency development training days and twice-yearly talent development camps to students participating in the Program on a monthly basis. At our conference on October 14, 2017, we would also like to address practicing teachers who teach high school students, university faculty, and prospective educators involved in teacher education.  The aim of the conference is to enrich the methodological tools of secondary school teachers with good practices with an innovative approach, focusing on skills and competency development and problem solving, including international experience. The conference aims to be a professional meeting point where interested educators and teacher trainees can take part in attitude-forming lectures and where we provide an opportunity to learn and share new methodological ideas that they can use in their day-to-day teaching work. At the event, each participant will receive a short methodological booklet summarizing the contents of the conference. 

MCC Youth Talent Program Pedagogue Conference

The Youth Talent Program (FIT) attaches great importance to the cooperation with teachers, the exchange of methodological and pedagogical experiences, as well as the presentation of innovative talent management methods and the promotion of their application within the school framework. The “Talent Care at the Higher Level” conference is a tradition-building initiative. Our aim is, on the one hand, to present the talent management possibilities and methods of the upper secondary school age group, to share the experiences of formal and non-formal education systems, and, on the other hand, to outline the basic features of assertive-supportive pedagogical attitude. The conference aims to be a professional meeting point, a community base, where we provide a forum for educators interested in talent management to share methodological ideas. The event also provides an opportunity to get to know the FIT Program as a form of training that operates with innovative teaching methods, and to explore the topic through a number of expert presentations.

The first steps in recognising and developing the abilities of talented children are taken by the family, but later, cooperation with educators, psychologists and other actors in education, is the only way to achieve effective personality and skill development. To achieve these goals, we are organising conferences for pedagogue, which, with the help of experts in the field of talent management, will present formal and non-formal educational tools for identifying and developing children with outstanding abilities, and will also be a professional forum for pedagogical experience sharing.