MATE opens a student recruitment office in Ghana

The Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE) has opened a student recruitment office in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The opening of MATE recruitment office will further boost the enrolment of young Africans and Ghanaians, helping the institution to achieve its internationalisation ambitions.

The recruitment office that aims to assist local young people in the university admission process was opened by the Rector of MATE on 17 June 2021.  The opening ceremony was attended by former students of MATE's predecessor institutions, Mr. András Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, and Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, International Coordinator of Hungarian Trained Scholars, and Economic and an International Relations Expert, who also studied in Hungary. Priscilla Korley, a former student of MATE, runs and coordinates the recruitment office with the assistance of MATE International Student Affairs Centre.

"Internationalisation is a priority for MATE, we currently have students from 102 countries - a total of 1994 students -, 323 of whom are young Africans. So far 42 students have come from Ghana, and we hope that MATE will be able to reach out to young people faster and easier through the recruitment office so new Ghanaian students will also contribute to achieving the 20% international student ratio set by the university" - emphasized Prof. Dr. Csaba Gyuricza, Rector of MATE, at the opening ceremony.

During his stay in Ghana, the Rector visited the Minister of Agriculture, and had the opportunity to discuss the research programme and model farm projects initiated by MATE’s predecessor institution with the Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

This is not the first time that the Gödöllő-based higher education institution has opened towards the African continent. A similar recruitment office in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was opened on 22 February 2021, under the leadership of the University of Pécs, in cooperation with the University of Debrecen the International Business School and MATE.

With the opening of the recruitment office in Ghana, MATE’s recruitment activities will continue in the North-West region of Africa, helping to attract more international students to the Hungarian higher education system, and to increase its quality and competitiveness.

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