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Introduction of the Visiting Professor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary



Dr Gergely Laszlo Kiss-Csapo

Visiting Professor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Dr Gergely Laszlo Kiss-Csapo, has joined the Department of International Exchange in the Faculty of International Humanities at JIU.

Dr Kiss-Csapo is a faculty member selected by the Hungarian Government in accordance with an agreement reached between JIU and the Hungarian Government as of 6 December 2019.

From the Fall of 2023, he will be engaged in teaching and research activities in the field of Hungarian language as well as in the field of Central European relations and others.countries relations.

Message from Dr Kiss-Csapo

I am Dr. Gergely Kiss-Csapó and I joined Josai International University in September 2023 as a visiting professor. In Hungary I am an instructor of Economic Geography and the History of Economics at Budapest Business School. In 2010, I completed my Ph.D. in Regional Geography, with a focus on the socio-economic changes that have taken place over the past five decades in the remote Himalayan region of Ladakh.

As a visiting professor at Josai International University, I am a part of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry's network of Hungarian educators and visiting professors who provide instruction at foreign universities. I am dedicated not only to sharing the rich history and culture of Hungary and other Central European nations but also to actively assisting in the instruction of the Hungarian language at Josai International University.

I hope my stay in Japan will be an exciting period of academic exploration and cross-cultural learning. I'm particularly interested in conducting research related to India-Japan relations, with a focus on geopolitics and soft power. Drawing on my experience of teaching tourism professionals in Hungary and my background as a high-altitude mountain guide, I'm eager to explore the current trends in trekking and mountaineering in Japan. I also intend to investigate how tourism professionals are trained in Japan.

  • Profile KISS-CSAPÓ Gergely PhD

    My education includes an MSc in Geography and Earth Sciences (ELTE, Budapest), MA in History (Károli University of the Reformed Church, Budapest) MA in Ethics, Anthropology and Social Sciences (University of Veszprém). I wrote my doctoral thesis at the Department of Regional Sciences at ELTE Faculty of Sciences in 2009, and one year later I obtained my PhD degree. I wrote my dissertation about modernisation in Ladakh, a fascinating region of the Himalayas in India. My current research has been focused on social consequences of modernisation in developing countries (Nepal, Bhutan, and India), and in the geopolitics of the Northern Indian region, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh Union Territory.

    I have been working in public education for more than thirty years as a high school teacher. Apart from that I have taught some courses at ELTE Faculty of Sciences, Eötvös József College, College of Foreign Trade, College of Communications (now Metropolitan University Budapest), and Budapest Business School Faculty of Commerce Tourism and Catering.
    In my free time I do a lot of test-marking of course, but I like cycling, swimming, and I’m into beer brewing. Since 2009 I have been a high-altitude trekking guide, specialised in mountain-climbing expeditions. I have taken climbers to four-, five- and six-thousanders in the Himalayas (India, Bhutan, Nepal and Ladakh) and in the Middle East (Ararat, Damavand) and in the Caucasus (Bazardüzü).
    At Budapest Business School I teach Economic Geography; Regional Economics; History of Economics, Regional Geopolitics, International Economics, Introduction to Social and Economic Geography. Here at JIU, I teach courses on the society, history, geography and politics of Central Europe.


    Academic interests and research topics
    1.Japanese research on Ladakh and the Himalayas, Geopolitical and cultural ties. The Quad Alliance (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue).
    2.Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges between Ladakh and Japan: the role of soft power in strengthening bilateral relations.
    3.Trekking culture in Japan: Eco tourism and Conservation, Local Tourism initiatives.