KRE is strengthening partnerships by hosting international guests at the university. German professors visited the university for two days beginning on 27 April. The aim of the meeting was to lay the foundations for long-term academic cooperation between the two universities. Later, on May 4 His Excellency Ronan Gargan, Ambassador of Ireland to Hungary and Marianna Joó Szegedi, Cultural Attaché visited the Károlyi-Csekonics Palace to discuss further expansion of the University's international relations, in particular the possibilities for cooperation with various universities in Ireland.
Visit of German professors
On the initiative of Balázs Arató and at the invitation of Dean Prof. Dr. Péter Miskolczi-Bodnár, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Martens and Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Dederer, two professors from University of Passau, responsible for external relations, came for a two-day visit on 27 April. The objective of the meeting was to establish the groundwork for ongoing academic collaboration among the two universities. The establishment of the cooperation started in a supportive and inspiring atmosphere provided by Prof. Dr. László Trócsányi, Rector of the University of Budapest, and Dr. Gyula Csáki-Hatalovics, Director-General for Economic Affairs.
On April 27th, the two professors were welcomed in the Károlyi-Csekonics Palace by Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Róbert Szuchy, Dean Prof. Dr. Péter Miskolczi-Bodnár and Dean Dr. Géza Horváth. Discussions started on the development of a framework for close cooperation between the two universities and on possible directions of educational cooperation. At the suggestion of Balázs Arató, the two universities will establish a library cooperation to give KRE teachers and students access to scientific literature in German. As a result of the negotiations between the two parties, the launch of a German-language module in the framework of the undergraduate programme - which will last several semesters and provide basic knowledge of German law - was outlined.
The modular training would start with language catch-up training, in which KRE faculty members would be involved, thus strengthening cooperation between the faculties. Students would then be equipped with the appropriate language skills to gain an insight into the basics of German law. It is planned that students from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be able to participate in the course alongside law students. The cooperation would also include joint conferences and research projects, and other forms of training, including post-graduate training.
At the end of the formal meeting, Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Róbert Szuchy awarded the two professors with the Károli Medal. Dean Dr. Géza Horváth kindly offered the guests a guided tour of the impressive Károlyi-Csekonics Palace in German.
The next day Balázs Arató showed the guests the sights and wonders of Budapest on a boat trip. The professors were impressed by the atmosphere of Budapest, the vibrant university life and the hospitality they experienced. Both professors said that they would be delighted to introduce Hungarian students to German law in Budapest, at our university. It is hoped that through joint training, KRE students will be able to acquire unique knowledge that will give them a huge advantage in the labour market.
Irish travelling exhibition and ambassador visit to our university
On 4 May, His Excellency Ronan Gargan, Ambassador of Ireland to Hungary and Cultural Attaché Marianna Joó Szegedi visited the Károlyi-Csekonics Palace, where she met with Rector László Trócsányi and representatives of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-Dean for International Affairs and Dr. Dóra Pődör, Associate Professor and Head of Department of English Studies. During the meeting, the further expansion of the University's international relations was discussed, in particular the possibilities for cooperation with various universities in Ireland.
After the visit, His Excellency opened the travelling exhibition 'INTO EUROPE - Ireland and the EU 1973-2023', which presents Ireland's 50 years of membership of the EU and its achievements during this period. Following the opening of the exhibition, the Ambassador gave a short presentation to the audience. The travelling exhibition is on display at the University until 8 May.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has been working with the Embassy of Ireland in Budapest for more than 15 years, most recently in October 2022, the Ambassador visited the university to attend the opening of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs' travelling exhibition International Joyce (James Joyce 100).