Transylvanian School of Politics

Aim of the school’s programme is to provide young people interested in become opinion leaders and community organisers in the future with practical knowledge.

Together with the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) and the Hungarian Youth Conference (MIÉRT), we launched the Transylvanian School of Politics in 2017. This training addressing the Transylvanian youth aims to enable them to effectively represent the values and interests of Hungarian communities in local public life outside the mother country. During the series of trainings instructed in the Hungarian and the English language, the participants may, for example, gain insight into the operations of political parties and campaigns, the techniques of community building, the methodology of polling, speech writing and video production, while their leadership skills are developed through negotiation, rhetoric and presentation exercises. Working in small teams, young adults can participate, among others, in skill development trainings and hold discussions with noted and renowned Hungarian and foreign experts and practicing politicians. The programme is supported by the Pro Iuventute Association, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foundation for a Civic Hungary.

The programme works in small groups and places special focus on teamwork. The education is conducted both in Hungarian and English. Our training combines the following 4 elements:

  • Political management: running parties, communication systems and campaigns, polling methodology, general management, public relations and community management matters.
  • Skills training: negotiation technology, rhetoric, presentation and speech writing skills.
  • Background discussions: domestic and foreign professional, public figures discuss their personal experiences.
  • E-learning: audio and video materials for relevant presentations, newsletters, e-learning materials. Political philosophy, political analysis, economic knowledge, and submission of assignments (eg.: essays, presentations, analyses, videos).

Examples for our  lecturers:

  • Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office
  • Katalin Novák, Minister for Family Affairs
  • Judit Varga, Minister of Justice
  • Frank Füredi, Professor, University of Kent
  • David Venter, former Communication Advisor to Nelson Mandela
  • Malcolm Gillies, former Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University
  • Richard Hamilton, former Corporate Affairs Director, KPMG UK
  • Claude Chollet, Founder of the French association Observatoire du journalisme
  • Tony Hockley, Instructor at London School of Economics, Founder and Director of the British Policy Analysis Centre

The training is free of charge, consisting of 4 intensive training weekends. During intermediate periods the programme provides supplementary e-Learning materials. The e-learning platform also serves as our assignment submission page- there are a total of 7 assignments during the full 7-month programme, including essays, presentations, speech writing, research and videos.