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Pécs, Hungary

  • City population: 
    145,985
  • City/Urban area: 
    163
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 12,366
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    13.5

The borderless city Pécs is a model example of cultural cohesion

Located in the southwest of Hungary, Pécs is traditionally a city of ethnic diversity and a model example of cultural and social cohesion. In 2010, it was named one of the European Capitals of Culture and joined the Creative Cities Network to promote creative industry clusters.

Vision and Motivation

Pécs learning city vision is to strengthen communities, and share ideas and best practices with other GLNC members. The city also hopes to further improve regional cooperation with potential stakeholders.

Challenges and Goals

When it had to change its economic structures from heavy mining industries to light industries, it resulted in a decrease of population and the loss of many skilled workers. This demographic change is one of the main challenges Pécs faces.

Plan and Implementation

The city established an Integrated Strategy for Urban Development that reflects innovative industrial growth towards green energy and sustainability. NGO-based practices are acknowledged through a so-called ‘Pécs Civic Gate Movement’. The city will extend dialogue with its citizens, civil society groups and other stakeholders to identify and realize learning needs with a bottom-up approach. It also plans to initiate a standing commission on building the learning city structure and organize an annual learning festival.

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