Being the capital of Banat, Timișoara is the most Western
city of Romania, not only geographically, but ideologically
too. Along the centuries different peoples have lived in
this area in the spirit of fraternity, regardless of their
ethnic origin (Romanian, Hungarian, German, Serbian,
Bulgarian or other nationalities). Nowadays Timișoara is one
of the most important university centres of the country.
HSOT, as the Hungarian students' organization of Timișoara.
In the days of the Revolution from 1989 some enthusiastic
students had the idea of assembling the Hungarian students into
an organized form. As the revolution's burst of enthusiasm died
down, it seemed to be more advantageous to create a student
organization and a youth one, namely the Hungarian Students'
Organization of Timișoara (HSOT) and the Hungarian Youth's
Organization of Timișoara (HYOT) instead of the Party mentioned
above. According to its constitution, the HSOT is an apolitical
organization, an institution representing the interests of the
Hungarian students from Timișoara. HSOT offers both an
opportunity of improvement of their professional skills and a
possibility of spending their spare time.
The mechanism of HSOT is based on a modern structure.
The main decision-making organ of the HSOT is the General
Assembly, which in March every year elects the board consisting
- the Operative Council and the Student Council.
The leadership of the Operative Council is made up of a
president, two vice-presidents and the financial responsible.
Seven representatives of the HSOT's departments form the Student
Council. The activity of these departments is concentrated upon
- Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Public Education, European
Integration, Sports, Clubs & Circles
Four of the six departments mentioned above have direct
connections with the students. The main task of the Home
Affairs' Department is that of trussing the students, while the
Sports and the Clubs & Circles' Departments try to maintain and
strengthen these bonds through their leisure programmes. The
relationship of the Public Education Department with the
undergraduates isn't less close, but its basic emphasis is laid
upon professional instruction.
What makes the difference of the Foreign Affairs Department and
the European Integration Department with the others is that they
serve the HSOT members co-operating with other student
The experience gained in the last ten years made it possible for
HSOT to develop such a modern and flexible structure, having
enthusiastic volunteers in the background.
And every mechanism is driven by small cogwheels
The HSOT's clubs and circles offer a large variety of programmes
for every student, giving them the chance to learn and to relax
at the same time. Those who are interested in economics have an
opportunity to meet and participate at different seminars in the
Economic Club. The purpose of the Ecological Club is to get to
know the flora of Banat and also deals with problems of
environmental protection. The Do-It-Yourself Music Circle
improves our musical knowledge by auditions and jam sessions.
During the Film Clubs we have the possibility to make a travel
to the mysterious world of the artistic films. The students from
the veterinary college can meet at the Veterinarian Club, and
for those who are interested in different arts the Prima Studio
offers many expositions and art camps. Our Psychological Circle
means a lot of discussions concerning anything related to
psychology. We also mention on the one hand the Hikers' Club,
which belongs to those attracted by nature and trips, and on the
other hand the Folk-Dance Group organizing dances and dance
One can't imagine the students' life without parties, which take
place twice a month. The pretensions of those who are interested
in literature and arts are fulfilled at the tea parties, where
they can meet actors, writers, musicians or other artists, too.
Another way of spending the spare time is to participate to
different HSOT championships.
The news of the HSOT comes directly from the printing machine.
Our student paper
As the unique student paper written in
Hungarian in Timișoara, For You deals with everything that might
interest local students and not only. Besides the permanent
editors, there are also many contributors involved, so due to
its atmosphere For You had become the most important information
A whole week: just Festival!
Starting from 1991, the HSOT Festival can be considered the biggest
programme of the organization, a cultural event which sets in
motion about 700-1000 students every year.
At the beginning, the Festival encouraged the local amateur
manifestations, and later it succeeded in inviting artists and
student groups from other university centres, too. In 1995 a change
can be noticed in the history of the Festivals, from an ideological
point of view. The world is characterized by professionalism, so
the organizers concentrate upon inviting guests from the whole
country and from abroad, giving the Festival the chance of
continuous extension of its domains. One can tell that the Festival
had managed to overcome its period of amateurism.
The wiser ones can show what they know at student conferences.
The Scientific Student Conferences are opportunities for
Hungarian students to assert their professional knowledge in
their mother tongue.
These Conferences organized by the HSOT aim those studying at
technical universities. Beside the presentation of the
individual works, the conferences offer as well a possibility of
developing new student-student or even student-teacher
HSOT never forgets about the freshmen.
The target of the Freshmen's Camp and the Freshmen's Party is to
make easier the accommodation of the freshmen to their new
environment, also offering them the possibility to get to know
each other and the HSOT.
The first HSOT Freshmen's Camp took place in 1995, and its
popularity is unbroken ever since then. The three-day camp's main
activity is relaxation, and one of its aims is to increase the
number of the HSOT's active members. Also by this reason is
organized the Freshmen's Party later, in November.
The sport fans are invited to the HSOT Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are the biggest sport manifestations of the
HSOT. Both of the Olympics, the Winter and Summer HSOT Games
have a large variety of programmes during a week.
The Madaras peak of the Harghita Mountains became the
consecrated place for the Winter-Olympics, organized at the
beginning of the 2nd semester of each academic year. The Summer-
Olympics take place in May at Timisoara.
Each of the Olympics is characterized by a large popularity,
offering unforgettable days for its participants.
The only rule of the Cup is: no rules!
The HSOT Cup is the most informal programme among all the
activities of HSOT. It requires a lot of spontaneousness and
creativity, and it gives the participants the chance to have fun
Sometimes the candles of the HSOT's cake are blown out: the HSOT Anniversary.
There is a time every year when the Hungarian students in
Timișoara come together to celebrate the anniversary of their
organization. During these days everyone can find the programmes
matching his expectations: theatrical performances, concerts,
folk-dances, films, parties, etc.