Since its inception in 2010, the Antall József Knowledge Centre (AJKC) has introduced a variety of events targeting Hungarian students enrolled in higher education, as well as domestic and international professional audiences. The Knowledge Centre is named after József Antall (1932–1993), a Hungarian teacher, educator, historian, and statesman, who served as the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Hungary after the fall of communism (from 23 May 1990 to his death on 12 December 1993).
The Knowledge Centre’s main objectives, in line with PM Antall’s philosophy, include managing talent and providing students and young professionals with wide-ranging practical knowledge through various events. The Knowledge Centre is a foreign policy think tank researching topics such as the Visegrad Cooperation, the future global role of the EU, the US, China, issues of the Middle East and Far East, security policy, as well as technological and social innovation.
The whole of AJKC works toward strengthening institutional relations both at the national and international level, developing scholarship and internship programmes, and boosting professional cooperation via international conferences, workshops, and event series. Our institution’s main office is located in Budapest, operating with two international departments—focusing on European and global relations, respectively—and a thematic department—covering areas such talent management and innovation. In addition, AJKC has a regional office in Győr and an office in Brussels, which was established in 2015 to represent the Antall philosophy in the heart of the European Union and promote the values that he stood for at an international level.
The publishing activities of AJKC involve releasing professional publications, scholarly works on political and social sciences (with special regard to security policy and international relations), as well as university textbooks. In our autobiographical series, prominent personalities of the Cold War period, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, and Helmut Kohl, recount crucial years and decisions still affecting their lives. Reacting to events of political, social, and economic significance in the 21st century, the professional publications series of the Knowledge Centre features works incorporating the latest results of international relations and geopolitics, the history of politics, economics, and psychology.
Conducting research is one of the core activities of the Antall József Knowledge Centre and its aim is to present its scientific results on as many forums and among as wide an audience as possible. Toward this goal, AJKC Digital was created that incorporates every of our research materials.
AJKC Digital can simultaneously be viewed as a means of legacy preservation and as a platform integrating a library function, thereby young people, university students, and professional audiences can be aided in their studies and work.
The purpose is to create and make available through subscription a digital platform, unique in Hungary, that features all the research materials, professional publications, books, magazines, podcasts, and video contents prepared or presented by AJKC researchers and experts or colleagues of AJKC partner institutions.
The Antall József Knowledge Centre has been organising the think.BDPST conference, Hungary's strategic conference on research, innovation, and future technologies, upon being entrusted by to do so by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
The Fund is an international donor organization, established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries—Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions. The Fund does so by awarding €8 million through grants, scholarships and artist residencies provided annually by equal contributions of all the V4 countries. Other donor countries (Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States) have provided another €10 million through various grant schemes run by the Fund since 2012.