One of the less discussed modes in which transnational Buddhist connections and interactions are taking place globally is through education, particularly university-level institutions. Increasingly we are seeing the organisation of Buddhist education at a global scale through organisations like the International Association of Buddhist Universities, The International Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities, or through specific Buddhist universities with a global focus, such as The World Buddhist University. Interestingly, Thailand has a particularly important role in the international Buddhist education scene, a fact which has, as far as I know, not yet received detailed scholarly attention.
In an interesting new development, a new Institute has recently been established in Hungary through cooperation between the Dharma Gate Buddhist College and Mahachulongkornrajavidayala University, Thailand’s biggest Buddhist university.
The prestigious Mahachulongkornrajavidayala University of Thailand (MCU) is *opening wide* the gate of the Dharma in Europe.
The new institute, the European Buddhist Training Center (EBTC) is a cooperative effort between *Dharma Gate Buddhist College (DGBC),Hungary and MCU.
From September, 2014, we will open the Master of Arts Program in Buddhist Studies, an MCU accredited degree available at DGBC, Budapest. Language of instruction is English.
The EBTC is unique in a sense that this is the only school, where both religious practice *and* academic research of Buddhism meet in one state-accredited institute of higher education in Europe.
Please find more information on EBTC here: http://www.ebtc.hu/