Build Yourself! Budapest

Date: 03-05 June 2022, MCC / Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest (Tas vezér str. 3-7), Szilágyi Erzsébet Hall Language: Hungarian

Motivating and helping the growth of the member organisations is one of FUEN’s main concerns. Therefore we have started the Build Yourself! capacity-building trainings back in 2019, and we are happy to announce that after a few online trainings during the pandemic, we are back to normal with trainings with physical participation.

After trainings in English and German, now it comes the time to continue our series of regional trainings and to introduce a third language in the Build Yourself! programme: in June we will organise two trainings in Hungarian language for the knowledge-based organisational development of the FUEN member organisations in the Carpathian basin. The first regional training, held in Budapest and hosted by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium will share knowledge with the members of the Hungarian minorities in Eastern Europe as well as the nationalities in Hungary.

The training will take place on 3-5 June 2022 in Budapest, and it includes courses on organisational and political communication, wartime communication and the new possibilities brought by the new media, but also a visit to the Parliament of Hungary.


Gergo Butka

Gergo Butka is a community organizer from Satu Mare: since returning to his hometown from the European Studies Faculty in Cluj-Napoca, he has been organizing cultural and sports events for more than 15 years. He came to the municipality from the economic sphere, but he also has significant experience in NGO organizations. As one of the most active city councilors and then as a communications consultant for Satu Mare City Hall and the mayor, he brought several new projects to the city: organizing job fairs to attract young people home to university towns, building a skate park and organizing the StreetMusic Festival and other events. From February 2021, he is the manager of the city’s cultural center. Its main activity is now the reorganizing of the institution and for the year of 2021 he wants to bring many new experiences to the community.

Kurt Rothleitner

Kurt Rothleitner is a former deputy Landesobmann and member of the federal board of the Junge ÖVP. The married father of 2 children works as a city political trainer and can look back on a wealth of experience from many years in the banking industry. Besides that, he is voluntarily involved in various associations in the fields of politics, sports and the federal army.

Sofia van der Vegt

For almost fifteen years, Sofia van der Vegt has regularly taught and trained for the Robert Schuman Institute on different topics, spanning from soft skills such as team-building, communication skills and personal development to EU related subjects. She attended university in Switzerland, Hungary and Germany, studying international economics and receiving a Masters degree in European Studies from the Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg. She has lived in eight different countries, calls three nationalities her own and is married to a Dutch, which is probably why Sofia van der Vegt also teaches a Masters course on Intercultural Communication at Edward Bernays University College, in Zagreb, Croatia.

She started her professional career in the private sector in Vienna, but soon went to Croatia where she gathered valuable experience working for a German political foundation developing and implementing EU funded projects across South Eastern Europe between 2004 and 2010. Sofia van der Vegt enjoys writing - with her first novel almost finished- plays tennis, meditates, and loves spending time with her family and friends who happen to live all over the world. She is a devoted mother of three and speaks three languages at home, as she believes each language we speak opens the door to another universe.


03 June, Friday
CET 13:00 – 14:00 Arrival at location (MCC Budapest, Tas vezér str. 3-7)
CET 14.00 – 14.45 Lunch – Scruton (MCC, Tas vezér str. 3-7)
CET 14.45 – 15.00 Welcome speech Péter Lánczi Deputy Director General, MCC
CET 15.00 – 16.00 Hungarian-German Institute for Collaboration - presentation Bence Bauer Director, MNI, MCC
CET 16.00 – 17.30 Organisational and Political Communication András Hajdú Lead Researcher, MCC
CET 17.30 – 18.00 Coffee break
CET 18.30 – 20.00 Crisi Communication Attila Demkó Security Policy Expert, Head of the MCC Geopolitical Workshop
CET 20.00 Dinner – Scruton Restaurant (MCC, Tas vezér str. 3-7)

04 June, Saturday
CET 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
CET 10.00 – 11.45 Roundtable discussion
CET 11:45 – 12:00 Break
CET 12:00 – 13:30 Old and new national policy challenges - roundtable discussion
CET 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch – Scruton (MCC, Tas vezér str. 3-7)
CET 15:30 – 16:30 Visit to the Parliament
CET 16:30 – 18:00 Roundtable discussion
CET 18:00 – 18:30 Commemoration at the Trianon Monument - Kossuth Square
CET 19:00 Dinner – Scruton Restaurant (Veres Pálné str. 12, 1053)

05 June, Sunday
CET 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
CET 10.00 – 11.45 New media, new possibilities? Bence Arany communication specialist, MCC
CET 11:45 – 12:00 Break
CET 12:00 – 13:00 Sum-up Dávid Kosztrihán Director, Leadership Training Academies, MCC
CET 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch – Scruton (MCC, Tas vezér utca 3-7)
CET 14.00 Leaving

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event program.

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