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Budapest Business School
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University of Applied Sciences
Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC)

The Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC // Center) was established in 2016 by the Budapest Business School (BBS) and the Hungarian National Bank (MNB). In line with the strategy of our university, the main goals of OBIC include the direct channelling of Asian economic development experience into the Hungarian national economy, as well as the development of educational, research, cultural and economic relations between Hungary and East Asian countries. 
Background

The establishment of OBIC in 2016 was justified by several factors. The reorganizing international economic and political environment in Europe has opened up new perspectives in terms of both foreign economic relations and knowledge transfer between East Asia and Hungary and has increased the demand for trained and experienced professionals who know the languages, culture and economy of the East Asian region. Hungary’s “Eastern Opening” policy has created new opportunities has created new opportunities and OBIC takes advantage of these through student and researcher mobility, scientific research, the development of inter-institutional relations and the teaching of Eastern languages.

Mission

The general goal of OBIC is to improve the competitiveness of the Hungarian economy through an understanding of the experience of the East Asian region. It plays an important role in the implementation of BBS’s international strategy and its specific objective is to become a leading institution in Oriental business studies. Its activities target India, Indonesia, Japan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as other countries in the Pacific. OBIC supports the teaching of Oriental languages and intercultural management, the organization of thematic and target group-specific training and the conduct of applied research, and the development, publication and operation of mobility and scholarship programs. In the last 4 years, about 50 instructors have participated in educational, research projects and mobility programs, and nearly 450 students have completed studies under OBIC programs.

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The OBIC main website is available HERE with constantly updated content. 

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OBIC - Introduction
The Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC) was established by the Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences (BBS) and the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) in 2016 with the objective to contribute to a better understanding of the East Asian region and to educate op...

The focus is on high-level scientific research, mobility and wide dissemination of knowledge

The work of the OBIC Research Center is fundamentally focused on the economies and societies of East Asian countries, regularly operating research teams involving BBS faculty as well as foreign researchers with an East Asian research focus. IT publishes its results in a number of high-quality conferences and study volumes and publications. The most significant OBIC Book Series has been published since 2016 and now boasts 8 issues covering a wide range of topics, from economic development strategies to country-focused study collections.

The Center provides an opportunity for the academicians of our University to apply for researcher mobility scholarship and supports the mobility of international scholars, within the framework of which the invited lecturers and researchers can carry out research at the Budapest Business School.

OBIC also organises one of the most important international conferences of our university every spring. Over the course of the past three conferences, more than 140 speakers and 400 participants from 20 countries were represented.

OBIC in numbers

Director

Associate professor
  • Office: 1165 Budapest, Diósy L. u. 22-24.
  • Office: Building K, 2nd Floor, Room 8; Building D, 2nd Floor, Room 50
  • Phone: +36 1 467-7968
  • Internal extension: 968
  • E-mail: valoczi.marianna@uni-bge.hu

Research Manager

Research Manager

Research Assistant, Project Manager

Research Assistant, Project Manager
  • Office: 1165 Budapest, Diósy Lajos u. 22-24.
  • Office: KII.08.
  • Phone: +36 1 467-7800
  • Internal extension: 398
  • E-mail: Balog.Amadea@uni-bge.hu

Project Manager

Project Manager
  • Office: 1165 Budapest, Diósy Lajos u. 22-24.
  • Office: KII.08.
  • Phone: +36 1 467-7800
  • Internal extension: 398
  • E-mail: kovacs.gabriella@uni-bge.hu

Activities

High level of scientific research and wide dissemination of knowledge

The work of the OBIC Research Center is fundamentally focused on the economies and societies of East Asian countries. OBIC is not only responsible for BBS’s largest international conference, but also for organizing book launches, professional discussions and workshops. Since 2016, 8 books have been published as part of the OBIC Book Series, all of which are available on the OBIC website. They cover a wide range of topics, from economic development strategies to country-focused study collections. OBIC also regularly operates research teams involving BBS faculty as well as foreign researchers with a research focus in East Asia.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kiadvanyok/

Visiting Researcher Mobility Program

OBIC supports the mobility of international researchers, within the framework of which invited academicians can carry out research work at the Budapest Business School. During their stay, in addition to their research work related to the East Asian region or various research areas of the BBS, they also hold special courses for BBS students, thus contributing to knowledge exchange and diverse education.

Incoming researchers receive a scholarship and OBIC aims to make the length of their stay (whether a few weeks or a few months, depending on the call) as meaningful as possible, promoting educational, research, cultural and economic activities between Hungary and East Asian countries.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/inward-researcher-mobility/


OBIC publications

  • OBIC Book Series

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kiadvanyok/obic-book-series/

  • Conference abstract volumes

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kiadvanyok/obic-absztraktkotetek/

  • PhD volumes

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kiadvanyok/phd-kotetek/

  • DITEC conference proceeding

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/ditec-conference-proceeding/

  • Intercultural management textbook

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/intercultural-management-textbook/

  • Studies

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kiadvanyok/tanulmanyok/


OBIC East Asian Book Corner

The OBIC East Asian Book Corner is located in the special room of the Library of the BBS Faculty of International Management and Business. The collection includes East Asian-themed books in Hungarian and English, which can be read or borrowed locally. Here, students, faculty, and researchers can silently retreat to the world of politics, economics, culture, and society of East Asian countries. The offer of the book corner is constantly expanding.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/obic-east-asian-book-corner/

Student mobility in the form of semester abroad in East Asia

The mobility scholarship provides an opportunity for BBS students to pursue studies at East Asian higher education institutions for one semester. Depending on the call, the application focuses in BBS partner institutions in countries of the East Asian region.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/hallgatoi-mobilitas/

East Asian summer school for BBS students

For each summer, OBIC announces its call for application for East Asian summer schools among BBS students. Within the framework of the summer school, one can participate in week-long programs of various East Asian institutions, the costs of which are covered by OBIC.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/summer-school/

Outbound researcher mobility for BBS faculty members

OBIC provides an opportunity for BBS faculty and researchers to apply for researcher mobility aimed at fostering the development of educational, research, cultural and economic relations between Hungary and East Asian countries, conducting topic-specific research, and enhancing BBS's foreign language academic performance.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/kimeno-oktatoi-mobilitas/

Conference participation support

Every year, OBIC announces a call for BBS faculty and researchers to participate in international conferences in OBIC target countries in East Asia and/or in scientific events about East Asia in Europe. The participants present their own research topic at the international conferencecontributing to the general goal of OBIC, i.e. to promote cooperation, exchange of knowledge and development of educational, research, cultural and economic relations between Hungary and East Asian countries.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/konferenciareszveteli-tamogatas/

Free Oriental language courses (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Vietnamese)

The general goal of OBIC is to contribute to the training of professionals (economists, international relations experts) who speak East Asian languages and know the culture and economy of East Asian countries and regions. As part of this, the Center provides opportunities for BBS students and faculty to take free courses in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Classes take place twice a week in 2x45 minute blocks in groups of 5-20 people for 12 weeks accompanied by great language teachers who motivate students to learn Oriental languages semester by semester.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/keleti-nyelvtanfolyamok/

East Asian Intercultural Management training

Organised by OBIC, BBS students and faculty can participate in free East Asian Intercultural Management training. The course lasts 6 hours a week for 20 weeks, for two semesters, at the end of which students receive a certificate of completion of the course. The course is held by our excellent instructors, experts of the Far East, based on elaborated and extremely interesting topics. The textbook of the course is now available to anyone interested.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/tavol-keleti-menedzsment-trening/

Professional and cultural events (conferences, workshops) related to the region in the fields of international management, international relations, finance, commerce and tourism. 
OBIC International Conference

In order to strengthen and deepen the relations between the East Asian and Central European regions, OBIC organises an international conference in Budapest every spring with the involvement of experts from the region. The topics of the conferences of recent years have focused mainly on the relations system of East Asia and Central Europe.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/rendezvenyek/obic-nemzetkozi-konferenciak/

PhD Conference

By organising its annual PhD Conference, OBIC provides an opportunity for purposeful PhD students from different doctoral schools of Hungarian and foreign universities to present their latest research on East Asia and receive expert feedback, thereby contributing to their academic studies. As a follow-up to the conference, OBIC also offers publication opportunity.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/rendezvenyek/obic-phd-konferenciak/

Dialogues with the Orient event series

OBIC launched its Dialogues with the Orient series of events – occasionally enriched with cultural performances – in the autumn of 2018. It aims to explore the most relevant topics of East Asia related to the economy, international relations, politics and culture with a thematic focus, involving researchers, experts, diplomats and business representatives.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/rendezvenyek/dialogues-with-the-orient/

OBIC Workshop

The OBIC Workshop provides an opportunity for BBS researchers, who have taken part in OBIC's outward researcher mobility program, to present their studies born as a result of their research in East Asia and to receive opponents' feedback on their work.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/rendezvenyek/obic-workshop/

Expanding BBS's international relations, contributing to the development of joint academic and other programs

In its domestic and international partnerships, OBIC takes a conscious and focused approach along with its core goals and values. At the same time, it is always open to the development of new institutional ties with the possibility of meaningful, successful cooperation. In this way, it is constantly working to expand its professional-scientific cooperation network and to deepen its existing relations.

Further information: https://www.obic-bbs.hu/en/nemzetkozi-tevekenysegek/