The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) put the final signature to a cooperation agreement on Thursday with Germany’s Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie (KIT) to issue dual degrees to electrical engineering students. The first such class started last autumn with 25 students. Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics told the ceremonial event that the new cooperation scheme would serve as an example for the future. BME already maintained links with KIT’s predecessor institution in the 1980s, with Hungarian students paying regular visits to Karlsruhe, Palkovics, who was a BME student at the time, said.
German ambassador in Hungary Volkmar Wenzel said trade links between the two countries had evolved and had become partnerships and friendships, with the BME and KIT playing important roles in the process. “Technology must be supported because it holds the key to the future,” the ambassador said. KIT deputy chairman for innovation and international relations Thomas Hirth said cooperation between the two universities goes back to 50 years ago and the newly introduced dual degree programme perfectly fits the German university’s international strategy.