The City of New Brunswick hosted special visitors from July 5-11 with the arrival of 26 students from Debrecen, Hungary, a Sister City of the City of New Brunswick.
Sister Cities is an international organization that joins communities around the world for the purpose of sharing ideas and culture and cultivating friendships so that we can best learn and grow from each other.
The students attend Fazekas Mihály secondary grammar school in Debrecen. They were all winners in a Debrecen city history contest called “Civis dream,” organized by the municipality and the Educational District of Debrecen.
Their prize was a visit to the Sister City of their choice and they chose New Brunswick!
While in New Brunswick, the group visited City Hall, New Brunswick High School, the Johnson & Johnson Museum and State Theatre. They also went on walking tours of New Brunswick and Rutgers University and dined at local restaurants.
They were accompanied by their school Principal Imre Aranyi; English Teacher Zoltan Viski; and Reka Jenei, International Relations Coordinator for the Debrecen Mayor’s Cabinet.
Their visit also entailed day trips to Washington, D.C., New York City and the Jersey Shore.
On July 10, they met with Mayor Jim Cahill in New Brunswick Council Chambers and offered talented performances of music, dance and poetry, a clip of which can be seen below:
The City of New Brunswick and Debrecen, Hungary have been Sister Cities since 1990. New Brunswick has four Sister Cities: Debrecen; Limerick County, Ireland; and Fukui and Tsuruoka in Japan.