Eötvös Loránd University
The Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). The original institution was founded in 1635 and transferred to Buda in 1770-80. The number of students has reached 32,000, and there is an academic staff of 1,800 highly-qualified teachers and researchers. Currently, the university has eight faculties, out of which the Humanities is the largest with c. 10,000 students and c. 800 teachers. The Faculty of Humanities is divided into 15 Institutes, out of which the Institute for Oriental Studies offer BA, MA and PhD in Arab, Chinese, Hebrew, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Turkish Studies. The Confucius Institute of ELTE is specialised in Chinese culture and Sino-Hungarian relations.
Professor Gábor Sonkoly, is a historian specialised in social and cultural history of modern European cities and in the notion and practice of cultural heritage, especially in Europe and in India. He holds a PhD in History from the Eötvös Loránd University (1998) and the École des Hautes études en sciences socials, Paris (2000). He is the Vice-Dean of Research and Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Hunanities of the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. He is the head of the Department for European Historiography and Social Sciences. He also teaches at the Bhaktivedanta College of Budapest, the first state accredited Vaishnava theology school in Europe.