2009 Visitors from Hungary
Irina Golubeva (January 23-31)
The Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) invited Irina Golubeva, Director of Foreign Relations and Scientific Affairs of the University of Pannonia (UP), from Veszprem, Hungary to visit Northwest Ohio (right on this photo with Dariel Jacobs, Prof. Lourdes College).
The goal of her program is to find mutually beneficial joint certificate/master programs in English together with the UP and NW Ohio academic partners, discuss ideas and share experience with professors and students who may have an interest in Hungary. Thank you for the support of the Lourdes College and the University of Toledo, as well as the host families (Dariel Jacobs and Nadiya Hinton).
GLC started to work with the University of Veszprem (which is now much larger and has the new name UP) with much success. As a result of a successful grant applications professors from BGSU and Veszprem visited each other and discussed research cooperation. A BGSU professor went to teach to Veszprem for one semester, and a student also was able to study there with support from the Hungarian partners. Several Veszprem students came for summer internship with the "Work and Travel" program to NW Ohio in various fields (incl. environmental, computer etc.) They got paid internship and worked at WSOS or at the Toledo Botanical Garden. They also participated in some educational activities with BGSU students.
In addition leaders from the University of Toledo science departments were invited to Veszprem University where they made presentations, met students, introduced various educational opportunities and cooperation for Veszprem professors and students. As a result of this visit a student from Veszprem was invited for a Summer Fellowship to UT.
In July 2008, professors from Lourdes College visited the University of Pannonia and met with leaders to discuss how they can establish more collaboration. They identified a couple of areas that have mutual interest to develop further exploration.
In October 2008, Marta Talaber, Vice President of the Veszprem County Assembly and Aniko Talaber, Foreign Relations officer of Veszprem County visited BGSU, UT and Lourdes partners and they found several areas that would offer mutual benefit. They shared their experience with UP leaders after their return to Hungary.
Based on all the successful previous activities we are confident that the partnership between UP and NW Ohio academic partners can broaden on many different fields (incl. education, business, engineering, science, foreign language teaching, theatre etc.).
Every year they host in Veszprem an "American Week" with Fulbright scholars from the US living in Hungary to make presentations, share more information from the U.S. and participate in other activities. This year's event will be from April 20 to 24, 2009 and they are extenting the invitation to NW Ohio professors and partners who may have an opportunity to travel to Veszprem at the time of the program. Please contact us for more information at