First Steps in Building an International PhD Community in Hungary

1st DOSZ Ambassador Workshop

23-24 of July 2021, Budapest

The 1st International Ambassador Program Workshop, hosted by the Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Candidates (DOSZ), took place on July 23-24 in Budapest, Falk1 Event Centre.

The DOSZ Ambassador Program was founded this year by the Association with the participation of PhD ambassadors from 17 countries, and also with an International Committee supporting their work. The goal of the program is building international communities and scientific relations, also supporting international PhD candidates in Hungary. The start of the program was supported by Tempus Public Foundation via the project ‘Community for Internationalisation of Hungarian Science’ (2019-3-HU01-ESC31-077698). The program reflects to the rapidly growing number of international PhD candidates in Hungary.
The workshop opened with a group visit to the Library of the National Assembly, where the ambassadors had the chance to learn more about the 150-year-history of the Library of the Parliament, its special collections, and services through a 40-minute presentation. This was followed by a walk through the fascinating reading rooms. Saving the best for last, they ended the tour with a group picture in the proximity of the famous Hungarian Parliament Crown. The group also appears on the Facebook page of the Library of the Parliament.
The second day brought together 17 international ambassadors, both online and offline, to represent PhD candidates of their countries pursuing their education in Hungarian higher education institutions and to foster scientific cooperation.
The workshop provided a space for the ambassadors to express their thoughts, set their annual goals, and make them acquainted with their commitments and what could be expected from them. In this regard, they emphasized the significance of international PhD community values and ethics. Over and above, they seized this opportunity to brainstorm about the DOSZ Ambassador cultural scientific event, which aims to represent the culture and scientific life of the chosen country/region, facilitate international scientific connections, and create a more inclusive PhD community. To smooth their work, the ambassadors also received guidelines on how to manage a project digitally and were divided regionally into groups to conceptualize it with the flexibility to realize it together, or separately. The projects were presented and the floor was open to comments, questions, and feedback.

Eventually, they discussed the most suitable internal and external communication strategies to maintain connection with one another on the one hand, and reach out to the PhD candidates on the other.

Lastly, the ambassadors were informed about future opportunities for personal development and upcoming events where they can represent the ambassador program, advocate for doctoral students’ interest of their nations, and celebrate their achievements.

Article written by Rawand Ben Brahim, DOSZ Ambassador for Tunisia.
Video created by Ayisi Nyarko Daniel, DOSZ Ambassador for Ghana.