4/26/24, 2:06 PM

Transylvania Lectures: How much should we trust AI?

At the latest Transylvania Lectures event on 24 April, organized by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), AI expert, computer scientist and author Dr. Emmanuel Maggiori spoke about the hidden realities, the drawbacks and the dangers of overconfidence of the AI industry. Despite its defects, millions of dollars and an infinite amount of hype is being poured in it, even though the huge AI bubble could burst soon.
4/17/24, 8:18 AM

Transylvania Lectures: Our prejudices have real effects on society

Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc, Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe
How natural is our suspicions and fearful attitudes towards strangers and their customs? What about entire societies, who view themselves through the lense of animosity? Are our differences and ignorance the culprits? These were some of the topics discussed at the most recent edition of MCC’s Transylvania Lectures, held in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca on the 12th of April.
3/28/24, 11:09 AM

“When in doubt, say yes” – An Insight Into Global Exchange Programs at MCC’s Transylvania Lectures

As our world grows more and more interconnected, the value of international exchange programs increases as well. These can act as bridges that connect cultures, enhance career growth and foster international understanding. Participants of these programs not only get the chance for personal growth and learning, but also offer wider career opportunities and expand professional networks across borders.
3/26/24, 10:56 AM

Lingua Franca vs. Linguistic Heritage Debated at MCC Transylvania Lectures

The practical benefits of using universal languages, the international dominance of English and the complex issues of preserving our rich linguistic heritage were discussed by invited experts at the latest Transylvania Lectures event in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, organised by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC).
3/20/24, 11:14 AM

Does Christian Democracy Have a Future?

At the latest event of the Transylvania Lectures series on 19 March, Dr. Sergiu Mișcoiu, historian, professor of political science at the Faculty of European Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University, and Dr. Máté Botos, archaeologist, historian, head of the Department of Political Science at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, director of MCC Press, discussed the roots, development and impact of Christian democracy on European societies.
3/13/24, 2:59 PM

The closure of the Roșia Montană case is a victory for society – Personal testimonies from key players in the process at MCC’s event

"It is a rarity for a state to win against an investor." "It was the fight and the victory of the naive". "Without the street protests this result would not have been achieved". These are just some of the impactful statements made by lawyer Liviu Marius Harosa, politician Korodi Attila and activist Tică Darie, who participated on Thursday, March 11, at the event Who saved Roșia Montană? organised in Cluj by Mathias Corvinus Collegium and moderated by journalist Bianca Felseghi.
3/4/24, 12:48 PM

The Challenges of History Education – MCC Budapest Summit on Education came to Kolozsvár/Cluj

How can we teach history in a religious Eastern Europe, where nationalities and national identities clash, and everyone has their own agenda when it comes to forming the identity of future generations? Stuart Waiton, director of the Scottish Union for Education and Attila Gábor Hunyadi, associate professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy at Babeş-Bolyai University debated this question at on the 1st of March at the MCC center in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca. The event is part of the MCC Budapest Summit on Education.
2/21/24, 1:58 PM

The Dark Side of Mental Health Policies – Canadian Sociologist at MCC

Why can’t we be happy and fulfilled by ourselves? What impact does an over-medicalised approach have on mental health and how have statistics changed in the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic, globalisation and digitalisation? At the latest event of Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s (MCC) Transylvania Lectures series, on 20 February, invited sociologists Dr Ashley Frawley and Dr Ioan Hosu discussed these issues at the MCC's headquarters in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.
2/14/24, 12:11 PM

Parallel Narratives and Distorted Truth – What is the role of journalists today?

Do we really live in a post-truth world? Is the reality itself distorted in the maze of fake news, conspiracy theories, and embellished stories? At the 13 February event of the Transylvania Lectures series, PR expert Dr Graham Barnfield presented the pros and cons of the profession at the MCC center in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.
1/31/24, 1:51 PM

On the Future of the Universe, Great Discoveries and the Role of Remote Sensing in Science

Since its founding in 1958, NASA has pushed the boundaries of scientific and technical limits to explore the unknown. Today the list of things waiting to be discovered seems endless, just like the universe itself. At the latest event of the Transylvania Lectures series, organized by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), Dr Virgil Adumitroaie, data scientist at NASA talked about the ways of unveiling the mysteries of the universe with remote sensing. The event took place on January 30 at the MCC center in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.
12/14/23, 4:20 PM

Transylvania Lectures: Unmasking Morality in the Age of Relativism

Having a smartphone in my pocket doesn't make me a better person. At the last event of this year's Transylvania Lectures series, philosopher and author Dr Sebastian Morello pointed out that many people today confuse technological progress with moral development. The lecturer discussed morality, utilitarianism and the moral issues that drive today's societies with János Simon, theologian and lecturer at the local Protestant Theological Institute on 13 December at the MCC Centre in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.
11/20/23, 11:35 AM

Experts from 9 Countries and Current Topics at the MCC Urban Development Conference

What should the city of the future look like? What are the best practices for creating a healthy and inclusive urban environment? The Future of Transylvanian Cities conference was full of innovative ideas and thought-provoking conversations about urban development, cultural, economic and sustainability topics.
11/14/23, 4:33 PM

Transylvania Lectures: Could AI Sing Michael Jackson’s Next Song?

Rather than fearing artificial intelligence, let’s recognise its potentials and regulate this new technology in a way that doesn’t stand in the way of progress – said Axel Voss, member of the European Parliament at the November 13th edition of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) Transylvania Lectures, where he discussed artificial intelligence and its regulations with fellow EP member, Gyula Winkler.
11/9/23, 2:10 PM

Cambridge Professor at the Opening of MCC University Program’s Academic Year

Mathia Corvinus Collegium (MCC) started the academic year of the University Program with a ceremonial gala on November 8th at the new MCC center in Kolozsvár/Cluj. The event’s guest lecturer was dr. Mark Khater, professor at Cambridge University.
11/2/23, 9:47 AM

The Future of Transylvanian Cities – MCC Urban Development Conference at Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca

Renowned international and local experts will share their research and innovative ideas on sustainable urban development at the upcoming conference organised by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC). The event will take place on 16-17 November at the MCC Center in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.
10/31/23, 2:39 PM

Transylvania Lectures: Discriminations of Artificial Intelligence are a Mirror Image of Society’s Issues

What are the consequences of living in a world mainly built for men? How does AI learn our prejudices? How does gender inequality influence the dynamics of society? Karen de Sousa Pesse digital advisor and dr. Lehel Csató, professor at the Babeș–Bolyai University talked about societal issues brought on by discrimination and the potential solutions of these issues at MCC Transylvania Lectures on October 30.
10/23/23, 4:19 PM

New Opportunities for People with Incurable Diseases

The best way for older people to reach a high age and achieve better quality of life and prevent illnesses is for them to have goals, independence, and dignity – said Andrew Greenwood, a professional dancer and internationally acclaimed ballet master, who helps people with both mental and physical difficulties with his unique dance and movement therapy. Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) has invited Greenwood to hold an interactive presentation on the 20th of October, as part of the Transylvanian Lectures series.
9/19/23, 9:10 AM

MCC Students Studying All Over Europe with Training Grant Scholarship

An exciting summer comes to an end for Mathias Corvinus College (MCC) students who had the opportunity to study abroad with the support of the Training Grant Scholarship.
9/15/23, 4:47 PM

Utopias and Political Propaganda - How to Spot the Traps?

Dr. Jan Bentz, lecturer and professor at Blackfriars Studium, Oxford, gave an enlightening lecture on the use of utopias as a harmful political tool, the Christian roots of utopian thinking and the recognition of deceptive ideologies at the MCC centre in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca. The public lecture on 14 September was part of the MCC Transylvania Lectures series.
9/12/23, 4:14 PM

Four Languages, One Education System – A New Season of MCC Transylvania Lectures Kicks off With Speaker from South Tyrol

Dr Paul Videsott, Dean of the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen (UNIBZ) and editor-in-chief of the European Journal on Minority Issues, presented the Ladin minority’s education system and the complex methodology of language learning in South Tyrol at the latest Transylvania Lectures. He spoke with sociologist Dr István Horváth on 11 September at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) Center in Kolozsvár/Cluj Napoca.
9/1/23, 1:55 PM

Geopolitical experts at Tabakó Festival: Information is now more important than military force

Information warfare, hybrid warfare, the impact of propaganda and censorship, and future conflicts were the topics of an interesting discussion on the first day of the Seps Tabakó Festival on 31 August. Liliana Śmiech, Director of the Warsaw Institute and Csongor Balázs Veress, researcher at the MCC Center for Geopolitics, provided a historical perspective, described the current geopolitical situation and outlined the tools of future warfare.
6/16/23, 11:01 AM

Transylvania Lectures: Is There a Middle Way in a Society Torn Left and Right?

Participants discusses the reasons behind the growing division in politics and social norm at the latest Transylvania Lectures event. At the invitation of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), British historian, writer and broadcaster Zoe Strimpel visited Cluj-Napoca on 15 June.
6/13/23, 3:03 PM

The US Foreign Policy and the Challenge of War in Ukraine

One of the most pressing issues in international politics today, the war in Ukraine has a major impact on global security and stability. As part of the MCC Budapest Peace Forum, William Ruger, President of the American Institute for Economic Research, presented the current US foreign policy on the Russia-Ukraine war and the US approach to the war at Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca on June 7.
5/31/23, 3:36 PM

Transylvania Lectures continues with Oxford professor

The guest speaker at the Transylvania Lectures event in May was Dr Nigel Biggar, Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Oxford. In a talk at the MCC's Centre in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, he presented the controversies surrounding „decolonisation” that are still relevant in the anglosphere today.
4/28/23, 11:38 AM

Germany’s situation discussed at MCC’s first German-language lecture in Kolozsvár

For the first time, Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) organised a lecture in German in Cluj-Napoca. On 27 April, invited experts discussed the public and political situation in Germany and the challenges ahead.
4/25/23, 12:00 PM

MCC Partners with Top European University – A Unique Opportunity for Students

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) is expanding its range of training courses with a unique opportunity: one of Europe's top business schools, the European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT Berlin), is entering into a long-term, extensive cooperation with MCC. Zoltán Antal-Mokos, Prof. of Strategy and Dean of Degree Programs, and Zoltán Szalai, Director General of MCC, gave a briefing on the institution and the application process to the students of the Kolozsvár University Program.
4/7/23, 2:00 PM

Climate Change, Science, and the State – Who Should Decide?

Dr Benoit Mayer, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr Calum T. M. Nicholson, British-Canadian anthropologist, discussed the possibilities and socio-political background of climate change mitigation at an event organised by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Kolozsvár on Thursday, 6 April.
3/29/23, 4:12 PM

World leader or declining country – MCC foreign guests discuss China’s future

Many argue that the 21st century will be China’s century, after America’s century. But can it become a world leader? Invited experts discussed China's global influence, its economic situation and its future at Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s (MCC) panel discussion on 28 March.
3/17/23, 3:45 PM

MCC Transylvania Lectures: has liberalism really failed?

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) hosted a renowned US political scientist and philosopher at the latest Transylvania Lectures event. On Thursday, 16 March, Patrick J. Deneen gave a public lecture at the MCC center in Kolozsvár/Cluj Napoca.
2/23/23, 12:19 PM

MCC Transylvania Lectures: Hungarians through the eyes of a British anthropologist

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) hosted another interesting discussion on Tuesday 21 February in Kolosvár/Cluj-Napoca. This time, the guest of the Transylvania Lectures series was British-Canadian anthropologist Dr. Calum T. M. Nicholson, who discussed the surprising parallels and interesting differences between British and Hungarian culture and history with ethnographer Dr. Árpád Szabó Töhötöm.
2/10/23, 1:51 PM

The end of globalisation – MCC discussion about the US’s changing power structure

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) organized an open lecture in Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe with Dr. Gladden Pappin, a visiting senior fellow at MCC about the changing geopolitical situation of the United States, its influence on the world and the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
12/14/22, 3:44 PM

Journalists in Flak Jackets – Former war correspondent Julius Strauss at the MCC Transylvania Lectures’ latest event

At the latest open event of Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s (MCC) Transylvania Lectures series on the 9th of December at the MCC Center in Kolozsvár, former war correspondent Julius Strauss, MCC visiting fellow talked about what it is like to work on the frontline and the dilemmas and difficulties the war correspondent faces.
12/14/22, 3:30 PM

Transylvania Lectures: The Metaverse Could Cause Social Division

There is no need for it, yet Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse is in full swing, facing serious technological, economic, and geopolitical problems. There is also a strong possibility that the world's other superpowers will want to have their own virtual reality, creating new conflicts and new challenges for diplomacy. These and related issues were addressed by former British diplomat Shaun Riordan at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s (MCC) Transylvania Lectures series.
10/26/22, 2:02 PM

How to Have Impossible Conversations – MCC Transylvania Lectures Continues in the New Semester

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) had a special guest at its latest Transylvania Lectures event Monday, October the 24th in Kolozsvár/ Cluj-Napoca. Dr. Peter Boghossian, American philosopher and pedagogist, Senior Fellow at MCC gave us practical tools to speak with people who hold different beliefs. The audience could learn strategies to guide them through the most difficult conversations in political, religious, or moral topics.
10/21/22, 11:00 AM

The Role of Architecture in National Identity – American Lecturer at MCC’s event in Temesvár

We may not realize in our everyday lives how much architecture influences our society, our cultural and political life. Recent trends in architecture are increasingly distancing themselves from local, regional and national identities, said Stephen Travis Sholl, visiting fellow at MCC, in his lecture The Role of Architecture in National Identity in Timisoara. The event on Wednesday 19 October was organized in partnership between Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) and the Bolyai János College.
9/4/22, 10:01 AM

We Said Goodbye to Summer at Tabakó Festival

The Sepsi Tabakó Festival officially opened with a press conference on Thursday 1 September at the iconic former tobacco factory of Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu Gheorghe). The historic building, unused since 2010, was brought back to life by the locals, with Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) playing a major role in ensuring quality presentations and talks.
5/30/22, 11:38 AM

Hamlet, our contemporary discussed at the MCC round table

More than 400 years after it was written, Shakespeare's Hamlet has been given a new look at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. Dr. Patrick Shoaf Gray, Dr. Adrian Papahagi, Gábor Tompa and Dr. András Visky discussed the play's uniqueness, the meeting of past and present, and the creative adaptation at a public roundtable at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) on Monday, 30 May.
5/2/22, 12:36 PM

What is a Good University Like? – MCC Transylvania Lectures Continues with Guest Speaker from Cambridge

The invited speaker of the Transylvania Lectures’ event in May was Dr James Orr, an expert in ethics and philosophy of religion, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. At the event on Monday, 2nd of May, the speaker discussed the limits of academic freedom, its impact on the public interest and identity politics in Western institutions with Dr András Visky.
4/27/22, 11:22 AM

Transylvania Lectures: finding a peaceful and just solution to war

The Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) organized the third public event of the Transylvania Lectures series. Our guest speaker on Wednesday, 27 April, was diplomat and former British ambassador Charles Crawford, who spoke about the evolution of the international situation after the Cold War, his diplomatic work and the global impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
3/18/22, 10:42 AM

Transylvania Lectures goes on: American Politics – The Good, the Bad and the Future

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) continued its Transylvania Lectures series with a popular second lecture. On March 18, Gladden Pappin, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dallas and MCC guest lecturer, gave a lecture on pressing issues in American politics.