The government’s goal is for Hungary to be among the top ten countries in the world in terms of innovation by 2040, said the Minister Responsible for Culture and Innovation on Tuesday, 7 November in Győr at the inauguration of the Science and Innovation Park building.
János Csák highlighted that, to achieve this, the government allocates approximately 300 billion Hungarian forints for innovation annually, and in the past seven years, the total amount reached 2.1 trillion forints. He added that
the goal of launching the Jonh von Neumann programme was to facilitate the connection between universities, research institutes, businesses, and the financial sector to strengthen the economy.
He went on to emphasize that if these areas remain fragmented, and barriers persist within institutions and among stakeholders, the country cannot be successful.
János Csák mentioned as a positive example that the Széchenyi István University has integrated into Győr’s economic life, and the new Scientific and Innovation Park strengthens cooperation in the field of research, development, and innovation. He also discussed the need to increase the number of publications, patents, and startups in Hungary, which international collaborators can also help with.
Róbert Balázs Simon, the Fidesz Member of the Hungarian Parliament for the region, mentioned that the renovation of the former Győr Biscuit and Waffle Factory’s cube building was the first phase of creating the Scientific and Innovation Park. The development of the adjacent area will conclude with the second phase in 2025 and the third phase in 2030.
Csaba András Dézsi, the Mayor of Győr spoke about how the city’s development is closely linked to the growth of the university or Audi Hungaria. He added that
Győr’s success is driven by the knowledge, diligence, talent, and work of the people living there.
Bálint Filep, the President of Széchenyi István University, emphasized that the building could become an important location for the economy. He went on to state that close and genuine partnerships with economic players are essential for the university.
Alfons Dintner, the chairman of the board of Audi Hungaria Zrt., talked about the fruitful relationship between the university and Audi so far, and about how, through the operation of the innovation park, the company’s ‘next level’ strategy will reach an even higher level.
During the inauguration ceremony, Széchenyi István University and Audi Hungaria Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement, which includes, among other things, the development of practice-oriented training, organization of preparatory and industrial internship programs, as well as joint research, development, and innovation projects related to sustainability.