A cooperation agreement dealing with research and education was signed between the University of Debrecen and the town council of Mád. Tokaj wines will be the subject of the research.
- It is a long-standing wish of ours to prove scientifically the uniqueness of Tokaj wines. With the University of Debrecen we would like to demonstrate the unique and positive physiological effects of the minerals in the wines. This will hopefully stimulate the region's tourism, and positively influence local economic development - stressed József Tatárka
, Mayor of Mád, at the press conference held to introduce the co-operation on Wednesday at the University of Debrecen.
The mayor explained that the town would provide infrastructure for the university’s research and teaching, so that the territory, which occupies a fifth of the Tokaj foothills wine-producing area, would have a stronger presence on the international market.
, the rector, emphasized that the University of Debrecen’s plans regarding the health industry harmonise with Mád’s ideas; the framework of the agreement will include an examination of the physiological and bio-medical impact of the Tokaj wines.
- Our researchers will analyze which bioactive components we use if we drink, for example, Furmint or Hárslevelű wines. These wines can have an important role in curing a number of diseases which affect a large number of people, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases - said Zoltán Szilvássy.
The rector added that within the framework of the co-operation they were planning further research in agriculture, tourism, and health sciences, and will include the food industry in the joint work.
József Tatárka, responding to a question, said that in order to promote the economic development of the region, the town council of Mád would be happy to support the creation of a community college in the locality.
- With the new training institution we do not wish to prejudice the educational role of Eger and Sárospatak. Mád would rather focus on research, since the areas for investigation are almost inexhaustible. The community college could, however, assist in keeping young people in the locality, since the viticulture technologies used here require a very special technical knowledge, hence the need for properly trained labour - said the mayor.