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Fancy a European holiday? USQ journeys to Hungary

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Associate Professor Thomas Banhazi talks about Hungary at a USQ Cultural Diversity Seminar
Associate Professor Thomas Banhazi is known for his expertise in agricultural engineering, but it was the knowledge of his birthplace that was the focus of a recent USQ seminar.

Staff, students and community members gathered for the latest USQ Cultural Diversity Seminar Series on Wednesday (June 14), this time exploring cultural aspects of Hungary.

Associate Professor Banhazi, a Principal Scientist at the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture and a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, spoke of the central European country’s history and culture to the attentive crowd.

Music filled the room as video demonstrations of Hungarian folk dances, and horse riding skills played. Traditional Hungarian dishes, including goulash, were also available for attendees to taste.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to share some of the similarities,” Associate Professor Banhazi said.

“USQ is a wonderfully multicultural work environment that we all cherish. Thus, we might come from different places and have different cultures, but if you look a little closer you will find more things that connect us, not divide us.”

The Cultural Diversity Seminar Series is another example of the USQ community celebrating and valuing its diversity. Headed by the USQ Multicultural Staff Network, the series is designed to provide an insight into cultural aspects of other communities in an informative and entertaining way.

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