HUNGARIAN CULTURE DAY

Yugra State University alumnus Vitaliy Sigilyetov studies at Budapest Business School and teaches the Hungarian language at the University of Budapest.


On the Hungarian Culture Day, YUSU hosted a student meeting with Vitaly Sigilyetov giving him the floor to speak about the educational and internship opportunities in Hungary for young people from among the indigenous peoples of the North and to present his Ob-Ugric Youth Summer School.


Vitaly shared his life story with the audience telling he was born and raised in the small Khanty village of Pug-yug in the Nizhnevartovsk district of Yugra. Since no public transport has been available there, one can reach the location only by snowmobile in winter, or going down the river in one's boat in summer. His family leads a traditional way of life in the taiga, hunting and fishing. They speak the Vakh dialect of the Khanty language, hence Vitaly is a native speaker as well. In 2016, the young man graduated from Yugra State University with his major in Environmental Management and then continued his studies in Hungary within a scholarship program. This was made possible due to the bilateral cooperation between YUSU and Hungarian universities. Now Vitaly studies and tries to preserve his native Khanty culture and language.


During the Khanty and Hungarian language crash course performed by Vitaly, the students were listening to live speech and learned a few words in those cognate languages, to their surprise. In addition, the YUSU-based Hungarian Language Office hosted the popular science workshop "Traveling and studying in Hungary" ("UtazásMagyarországon"). Vitaly called on the students to study the history and geography of Russia and Yugra, making the example of the Hungarian youth's commitment to getting knowledge about their country as well as of their love for their native language and identity.


Recall that the Hungarian Language Office in Moscow was first opened in 2006 with the assistance of the Hungarian Embassy and the Hungarian Cultural Center in Moscow.


"I believe that holding such events contributes to the maintenance and further development of cooperation in education and culture fields between the kindred peoples", Vitaly Sigilyetov summarized.


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