2nd International Week at SZIU

The International Relations Office at SZIU organized the 2nd International Week between 24 and 27 March. The 33 participants from 11 countries represented 16 partner institutions of SZIU during the four-day event.

Having recognized the networking opportunities of international weeks, more and more higher education institutions organize such events throughout Europe. Some of them have a very long tradition of organizing international weeks annually.

On the opening day Dr. István Szabó, Director for International Relations, welcomed the participants then Dr. Zsuzsanna Tarr, Head of International Relations Office, presented the international activities of the university. After that Ms Dorottya Dedon-Mezei and Mr Gábor Csikós gave a presentation on the implementation and achievements of the Erasmus Programme, the most comprehensive European scholarship programme. At last, the guests were shown around the Gödöllő campus.

In the afternoon Dr. Henrietta Nagy, Vice-Dean for International Relations (Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences), Dr. Katalin Posta, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Viktor Medina from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering gave presentations about the English-language programmes of their faculties, after that the partner institutions were introduced by their representatives.

The next day was dedicated to workshops. The morning session was about intercultural communication led by Gábor Csikós, the afternoon session was about international marketing in higher education led by Ms. Dorottya Dedon-Mezei, Ms. Csilla Kánai and Dr. Zsuzsanna Tarr.

On 26 March there was an international educational fair and café in the Aula where 20 booths were installed to give the visitors information about the various training courses in numerous countries from Asia to America. Other international organizations involved in higher education scholarship programmes (Tempus Public Foundation, Euraxess, Fulbright Program) and exchange students studying at SZIU also took part in the fair. The international café offered food and drink specialities from the represented countries. The registered visitors cast their votes for the best and most informative booth in the end, according to their votes the first prize went for the USA, second for Japan and the third for the Baltic States.

The international educational fair gave the host lecturers the opportunity to do some networking, and on request, partner universities could introduce their institutions and individual meetings were arranged for them.

On the fourth day the guests visited the Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering where they met Dr. Márton Takács, Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, Ms. Zsuzsanna Sándor, International Officer and exchange students from the faculty. After the introduction of the faculty, the guests listened to some students’s cheerful presentations showing them why it was a good idea to choose SZIU within the Erasmus Programme.

In the afternoon Dr. Tibor Bartha told the group a few words about the Faculty of Veterinary Science and then Ms. Éva Orbán, the director of the library, showed them the antique book collection of the library. Finally, the guests went for a sightseeing tour in Budapest.

The participants’ positive feedback about the 2nd International Week will help the International Relations Office organize similarly or even more successful events in the future.

Regarding international cooperation and networking, our 2nd International Week proved to be very successful as the participants could discuss and coordinate the administration of their international relations offices. The International Relations Office of SZIU has always aimed to develop and maintain close relationships with its partner universities since appropriate information and the administrative background for any kind of co-operation can only be ensured this way.