The Belt & Road Center was established to not only conduct research on the Belt and Road initiative but also to coordinate the academic work of other think tanks concerning the project in the Central and Eastern European region. The Center is run by the Pallas Athéné Geopolitical Foundation (PAGEO) and the Pallas Athéné Domus Mentis Foundation (PADMA) with the help of the John von Neumann University.
The Chinese leadership announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 with the aim of strengthening the relations of the countries along the Ancient Silk Road and increasing their trade by improving and developing their infrastructure. The Central and Eastern European region is one of the destinations of the New Silk Road – the networks starting from China reach Europe here, so the importance of the region requires the coordination of scientific cooperation related to the Initiative.
Founded by Pallas Athéné Foundations, the Belt & Road Centre will coordinate the scientific activities performed in the countries of the region concerning the One Belt One Road Program and collect the research and information related to the project.
The scientific and professional work of the Centre is performed by Pallas Athéné Geopolitical Foundation, while the inter-university contacts as well as the teacher and student exchanges are coordinated by Pallas Athéné Domus Mentis Foundation and John von Neumann University.
Pallas Athéné Geopolitical Foundation was created in 2014 by the Central Bank of Hungary, with a main objective of encouraging the creation of geopolitical knowledge, which will help promote economic development in Hungary and in the Central-Eastern European region. As the importance of Geopolitics is growing, we need to find proper answers, while creating balanced, well informed economic policy. It is vital to create new international network of relationships and develop geopolitical knowledge base for the population and for the stake holders.
Pallas Athéné Domus Mentis Foundation (PADMA) aims to support the education of experts in economics and finance in Bács-Kiskun county, especially in Kecskemét, and to support interdisciplinary investigations.
About the John von Neumann University
The John von Neumann University’s (hereinafter JNU) main campus is located in the Kecskemét area which is one of the most developing region in Hungary. The JNU was established with an integration of almost forty-year-old traditional higher education institutions in the region and as a symbolic act was renamed in 2017 after the famous Hungarian scientist, John von Neumann. Professor Neumann contributed to the world of science among others in the field of quantum mechanics, computer science, economics and game theory. The spiritual revival of the university is accompanied by an infrastructural renewal as well. The JNU will launch its business and economics programs in a brand-new campus in Kecskemét and in the capital city of Hungary, Budapest in the renewed 800-year-old old city-hall within the ancient walls of Buda Castle. Scholars who founded and lectured in the most prestigious MBA programme in Hungary in the past 20 years – reaching a total 67 per cent market share – constitute JNU’s economic faculty. The university – following the traditions of the predecessor institutions – is a significant centre of higher education and research where students on BSc, MSc and MBA courses can get their diplomas in Engineering, Information Technology, Business and Economics, Agriculture and Teacher training.