The Association of Diplomacy in Practice won the first prize of the VI. College and University International Communication, Behavioral Culture and Protocol competition. In addition to the triumphalist cup the Hungarian National Association of Protocol’s special prize was also awarded to the GyDT team.
The five students in the team: Barbara Bakony, Zsuzsanna Kerber, Fadi Shadeh, Katinka Zsófia Mossóczy and Fanni Orosz prepared for several months, after which they could prove that they have appropriate knowledge of diplomacy, protocol, culture and communication. The competition was held in the Army Cultural Center’s Grand Hall of the Stephanie Palace. Fanni Orosz organized the preparation, and invited well-known lecturers and established meaningful trainings.
Our main mentor was dr. András Back, current lecturer of the National University of Public Service, who had also been a consul in Washington. Péter Stroh restaurant master held our eating culture training, who taught us the theoretical and practical server/waiter knowledge as well.
The competition was held under the patronage of the Minister of Defense, Dr. István Simicskó, who greeted the competitors in writing. The Chief of Staff of the Hungarian Defense Forces, dr. Tibor Benkő, opened the event as the president of the jury. In the Army Cultural Centre ten teams competed in general knowledge of military-, sports, tourism and diplomatic protocol issues. Competitors also came from abroad; higher education institutions from Transylvania and Transcarpathia also attended.
The organizers compiled real-life tasks: the Japanese emperor, his wife, and the President of the Republic, his wife and their entourage had to be (in theory, of course, but properly) placed around a table.
National flag puzzle, IQ and Hungarikum test, knowledge of European cities and other cultural tasks were all a part of the sixth College and University International Protocol competition. Students living abroad and Hungarian students had to answer questions through situations, which came from the every-day lives of military, sports, diplomacy and protocol.
The competition illustrates the diversity of diplomatic tasks, for example, the participants had to assemble European flags and coat of arms, and identify the country they belong to.
The competition ended with dance performances: the male members of the teams invited the female members of the teams to dance the English and Viennese waltz, the foxtrot and czardas which they had to present before the jury.
We were very pleased that we could participate in this outstanding competition! We would like to thank the organizers and our teachers.