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Created on: 16. May 2023

Cultures, Colours, Flavours at MATE, 2023 Spring

Despite the large-scale renovation works taking place on Szent István Campus, the most popular cultural event among international students could be held again at Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the end of April. On the occasion of the International Dinner, Amenza Service Restaurant (former Alma Mater Restaurant) was once again filled with people, and during the evening, plenty of nations presented a piece of their culture, showing the colourful multitude of their folk costumes and national cuisine.

​​​​​​​Beside the Hungarian table nine nations prepared and served their national dishes (Algeria, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Palestine, Mongolia). After the nimble-footed dancers of the MATE Forduló Folk Dance Ensemble opening dance show​​​​​​​, talented Bangladeshi, Indian, Indonesian, Kenyan and Syrian students entertained the guests with their traditional songs, dance and instrumental performances. We could also see English waltz, quickstep, rumba and jive performed by Hungarian competitive dancers.


Capriovus Kft., represented by research, development and innovation manager Dr. Csaba Németh, partner of MATE's Buda Campus, Institute of Food Science and Technology, offered their dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free products. It has now become a tradition that among our prominent guests we were able to welcome the representatives of the Lao-Hungarian Friendship Society, Judith Striker and Phayboun Komgsaysack.

​​​​​​​For the first time in the International Dinner event series, students could also participate in E³UDRES² Science Pub Quiz arranged by E³UDRES²-MATE Students' Representatives of the project.  The questions were aimed at getting to know the consortium member countries Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Romania and promoting international project work. The quiz questions drew the attention of fellow students to the increasingly popular project offering longer and shorter joint courses.


Antonietta di Giovanni, representative of the Italian university of Campobasso, Università Degli Studi Del Molise, was among the members of the jury. The president of the jury was professor emeritus Dr. István Fehér, who celebrated his 80th birthday last year and is still actively involved in the university education and events. The seven-member professional jury decided on the basis of serious criteria: they took the appearance, color, texture, smell, taste, intensity, character and quality of the food and drinks into account.

Thanks for colorful program and learning Hungarian folk dances, time flew fast. At the end of the evening, the jury announced the results and the valuable gifts of OTP Bank, Fincsi Cake and MATE Center for International Education were distributed. In the Best Appetizer category, the representatives of Palestine won. The Best Main Course was cooked by India, and the Best Drink went to Indonesia. Brazil excelled again in the Best Dessert category. The audience award was voted for the enthusiastic Lao team for their dessert.

The video created with the support of the MATE Media Center, the work of Mátyás Karsai, can be viewed at the following link: