Presentation on Cornell University by our Alumnus

Mark Sarvary, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and Director of the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories at Cornell University recently visited Szent Istvan University, met with students and faculty members and gave a presentation about Cornell University to the personnel of International Relations Office. He visited our university to initiate an exchange program between Szent Istvan University, his alma mater and Cornell, where he has spent the past 17 years.

Mark Sarvary graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Szent Istvan University. He continued his studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and received his PhD in 2006. After his postdoc research fellowship at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland he returned to Cornell to the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior as a teacher and researcher and was appointed to direct the Investigative Biology Laboratories (

The first cooperation between Cornell University and predecessor of Szent Istvan University dates back to early 1990s. Under the deanship of David L. Call there were several teachers and staff exchanges between Godollo and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. We were very pleased that Dr. Sarvary’s idea of starting a new, broader cooperation between the two universities was welcomed at both sides.

Cornell University is ranked No. 19 in the world out of 980 institutions, the third time in the last four years it has achieved that mark, according to the 2016-17 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings published Sept. 21 by The Times of London.

The University has been founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White and opened in 1868, thus Cornell is among Ivy-League/Ancient Eight universities. Its 14 colleges and schools are located in 608 buildings on about 810 hectares: seven undergraduate units and four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition.

We have been also informed that Cornell was ranked No. 4 best US Colleges and Universities by international students:

With a highly diverse student population including students from 120 countries, Cornell is very welcoming of international students. Top majors for international students at Cornell include business administration, multi/interdisciplinary studies, and electrical engineering. Cornell students can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $49,116.

An exchange program between the two universities would provide a unique opportunity to Cornell students to spend a semester at the Godollo and Budapest campuses of Szent Istvan University, and to Szent Istvan University students to explore the Ivy League level education that Cornell provides.