This week, Hungary signed an agreement to become the first European Union member country to open a Chinese university. The government’s unusual partnership is with the Shanghai-based Fudan University. The Budapest site is designed to serve about 6,000 students. It is to open by 2024.
Fudan is a respected university. Experts consider it among the top 100 universities in the world. Hungarian officials say Fudan’s presence will help raise the country’s higher education standard and bring in Chinese investment and research. The University also has sworn its loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.