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Over the Anniversary: Rectorial Election and Plans Interview with József Bódis rector
How would you evaluate the year of the anniversary? One thing is for sure: even those who did not believe in it or did not regard the celebrations as a good idea, must acknowledge the success of the anniversary year. We managed to celebrate it with extremely diverse and worthwhile programmes. I also think that the events surrounding the 1st of September was a real salute to the founders. On 8 December a leader of Europe was inaugurated an honorary doctor, and this event, together with the concert of that night, was a worthy closure of the year of 2017. The news of Mr. Tusk’s inauguration was not confined within the country; it was live broadcast to Brussels, which is quite a rare occasion for the university and the town as well. I hope we were able to widen the renown of the University of Pécs. I am glad that we could close such a successful year. Since the academic year started on 1 September, the anniversary is extended well into 2018. The Anniversary Chronicles will be published soon; an illustrated summary of the main events of the anniversary year. I think this publication will be a nice present to those who we must specifically thank for their support. What is your opinion about the rectorial election and its results? I was utterly happy about the fact that there were as many candidates as four, since it means that the rectorial position of the University of Pécs is an attractive position. I think the campaign was moderate, which was good for the university. During the elections everything went down in accordance with the regulations. Even the Electorial Senate Meeting was very moderate and temperate. The fact that only the second round brought about a final result also showed that senators were considering the case very seriously, and I hope their decision was as wise as possible. I would be glad if the decision of the Senate was confirmed by the sustainer as soon as possible. And until then? As I said earlier, I would like to work as a managing rector after the official announcement of the results of the rectorial election; I will do every task I need but I wouldn’t like to start anything that may hamper the work of the future rector. I wish the confirmation arrived as soon as possible so that I could carry on by synchronising our tasks with the new rector. A higher education institution always faces a lot of work to do, thus I suggested a program at the Rectorial Board meet-
ing and at the Deans’ Meeting that is not bound to the person of the rector but would improve the life of a university a lot. It consists of several factors – among other things, issues of deregulation and the administration of doctoral students; organisational matters. The circumstances of the Szentágothai Research Centre are also important: if we aim to establish an internationally renowned research centre, it must be made autonomous. We have already taken a step toward that aim when we decided that the centres of excellence may belong to SzCR, which could provide the Centre with resources. The organisational and operational rules of SzRC should be modified in this view. What do you mean by deregulation? We need to follow legislative and regulative changes, and they are so fast that sometimes we feel we get lost among the host of legal regulations. The Chancellor and I have asked the former dean József Ulbert to screen the administration making our daily life difficult and point out those rules that are not bound to any rules now so that we can get rid of them. I think this measure is not bound to the person of the current rector but contributes to a more efficient operation. You have also mentioned the possibility of a change in the organisational framework. Universities in Hungary operate within the framework of rigidly defined faculties, albeit there are several positive international examples for institutes and schools instead of faculties. Maintaining the faculty structure, it would be worth to give smaller departments a chance to become more independent and autonomous as ‚schools’. The intent is given in several cases, for instance the strong and progressive Institute of Psychology at the Faculty of Humanities may receive a chance. I would prefer a similar solution for dentistry as well. These matters do not depend on the person of the rector, either. How is the Modern Cities Programme going along? I think a new chapter has opened. A number of developments have been included in this programme, but it is without doubt that one of the chief elements is the renewal of the medical campus, and the groundworks already have begun. I am glad that we have been able to move forward and we may make up for the delays. I am convinced that the success of the Modern Cities Programme is of everyone’s interest. UNIVPÉCS — 1
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In the spring semester of the 2017/2018 academic year several Erasmus student arrived at 10 faculties of the University of PĂŠcs within the framework of Erasmus+ Programme. The UP Centre for International Relations organized an orientation day for foreign students studying at the UP on 5 February. The event was held in the Knowledge Centre of the UP.
Pécs has several great sights to get discovered and the University of Pécs has a growing community of international students. “It’s not only about Pécs, but about Central Europe, too. Cluj-Napoca, Zagreb, Praha can be reached easily – said István Tarrósy, Director of the Centre for International Relations. He added: “UP is just the right place for you. Have a memorable, meaningful and enjoyable stay!” Judit Németh, Institutional Erasmus Coordinator described the
process of student administration. The Erasmus Student Network presented its cultural and sports events for the semester. In the orientation day students received theoretical and practical information: the Erasmus Office provided detailed information about the progress of registration, Dancing University, student hostels, the „Hungarian as a foreign language” courses at the university and the cultural programmes for foreign students.
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Day of Hungarian Higher Education „This is not only a celebration of Pécs and UP, but a celebration of Hungary and Hungarian science” – said József Bódis, Rector of the University, in the ceremony. Zsolt Páva, the Mayor of Pécs, also recited the founding book. Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello read out the letter of Pope Francis. „From now on, the birthday of the University of Pécs will also be the Day of Hungarian Higher Education.” announced Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and then added that one of the crucial issues of the world today is the future it holds for the young people. Therefore it is important that UP be one of the top universities of Europe, and this aim is being supported by the Government with the Modern Cities Programme at the moment. The Prime Minister added that it is also an aim to increase the number of researchers in Hungary by 20000 by the year 2020.
Professor György Buzsáki Honoris Causa Brain researcher György Buzsáki was inaugurated as an honorary doctor of the University of Pécs during the gala ceremony on 1st September. He got his medical degree at the university of Pécs, and in 2011, his professional activities were awarded the "Nobel Prize" of brain researchers, The Brain Prize. The new honorary doctor of the University of Pécs recalled his university studies in his speech: he was a second-year student when he first met Professor Endre Grastyán, who thrilled him so much with a lecture about the limbic system in April 1970 that he applied for the Special College, and thereby sealed his fate: he became a brain researcher. He wrapped up his speech by dedicating it to his dear master, "Uncle Bandi" Grastyán.
The King and the Bishop UP called for a tender for designing a public statue to be made in honour of the jubilee of the foundation of the University of Pécs, and this was won by Norbert Kotormán. The art piece, showing King Louis the Great and Bishop William, is located at the northern side of the Cathedral. The two men are not looking at each other, but at the people walking by, and the keys they are holding relate to the bishop’s coat of arm, now the University’s coat of arm. At the inauguration ceremony of the statue, an event held in the Granary Visitor Information Centre, the significance of the foundation of the university and the statue were underlined by Mayor Zsolt Páva and Sijbolt Noorda, Leader of Magna Charta Observatory. The statue was blessed by Diocesan György Udvardy. UNIVPÉCS — 7
Closing Conference of the National Brain Research Programme The closing ceremony of the National Brain Research Programme was held on the Day of Hungarian Higher Education, in the Kodály Centre. The members of the Presidency Board - József Bódis, László Lovász, József Pálinkás, and Tamás Freund - gave toasts. „Don't publish, when you have results. Publish, when you have something to say." said John O'Keefe, brain researcher, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, together with Edward Moser and May-Britt Moser, in 2014. In the scientific block of the conference all three of them talked about their researches. The presentation of György Buzsáki, Brain-Award winning scientist, closed the day. Mr. Buzsáki received the above mentioned recognition in 2011, together with Tamás Freund and Péter Somogyi.
FENS Regional Meeting in Pécs The FENS Regional Meeting Conference was organized, jointly, by the Hungarian Neuroscience Society and the University of Pécs between 20 and 23 September in Pécs, in the Kodály Centre. The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) was founded in 1998 at the first Forum of European Neuroscience Societies. Today, FENS represents 43 European national and independent neuroscience societies, with nearly 23 thousand members. Nearly a thousand guests arrived in Pécs, including Nobel-Prize winner Thomas Südhof and the researcher winning the latest The Brain Prize, Wolfram Schultz, to attend this meeting that can be seen as sub-conference of the large conference organized biannually by the European Neuroscience Societies.
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The “Own” Money of the University of Pécs The Central Bank of Hungary issued a silver commemorative medal in the nominal value of 10000 HUF, and its coloured metal version of 2000 HUF, thereby saluting the 650-year history of Hungarian higher education. Virág Szabó, sculptor, designed the commemorative medals which were issued in a limited number. The obverse shows the coat of arms of Bishop William, with a fragment of the papal bull authorizing the foundation, in the background. The reverse side shows the facade of the Rector’s Office, with a fragment of the papal bull authorizing the foundation of the medieval university, to its right. Simultaneously with the presentation of the medal, the Pécs station of the travelling exhibition of the Central Bank, called “From Denarius to Forint – the History of Hungarian Money” was opened in the Halasy-Nagy József Aula. UNIVPÉCS — 9
Interdisciplinary 3D Conference 3D printing attracts huge interest, as shown by the more than 450 people registering for the conference organized in the Szentágothai János Research Centre of UP, and the more than 20 companies participating, from the fields of medical technology to vehicle part manufacturing. Simon Vanooteghen related tailor-made healthcare solutions in relation to a hand implant, Philip Brantner talked about an already existing version of a hospital equipped with a 3D laboratory, Alexander Berry presented a new sewing machine used for operations, whilst Márta Nagy explained what a 3D-scanner cannot do. In the art section, the effects of 3D printing on 3D film making and statuary were discussed.
Novelties in the Rector's Office At the entrance of the Rector's Office we can now find the Wall of the Academicians, with the names of the academicians of UP shining upon it. This art piece was created by the artists of the Faculty of Arts, led and organized by Márta Nagy. The book titled Members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences from the University of Pécs (1921–2017) has been published, edited by László Szilágyi. The models of the jubilee statue competition – the designs of Erika Németh, István Rigó, Norbert and László Kotormán, Katalin Oláh and Ferenc Trischler can also be seen here. In the Room of the Senate we can see the art-piece of Zsuzsanna Tóth, showing each year of the University of Pécs symbolized by a fleur-de-lis. There was also a time-capsule which was buried in the forecourt, and this will be opened at the 700-year anniversary. 10 — U N I V P É C S
New-wave Goodbye from the Jubilee At the end of the jubilee year, a large-scale goodbye party, called Bye-bye 650, was held in the Expo Centre, organized by the Student Council of the University. The event started with an international dance evening, thanks to the Dancing University, and then the best competitors of the Voice of UP competition, in their gala programme, presented Alan Walker remakes and a brand new song, written specifically for this occasion. The appearance of the world famous young Norwegian DJ, Alan Walker, was the highlight of the night. The programmes were held at several locations simultaneously. Among the other performers, a local band and DJ – Mongooz and the Magnet, and DJ Venom – were the most popular. U N I V P É C S — 11
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
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“Pécs is a metaphor for Europe. Because if we agree that the main landmarks of a European town are the Market Square, the Town Hall, the University, and the Cathedral, this town with the oldest Hungarian University, with five churches in its name, is worthy of being a metaphor for Europe many times over.”
The Senate of the University of Pécs conferred the Honoris Causa Doctor title upon Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, former president of the Republic of Poland on 8 December 2017. At the ceremonial senate meeting it was highlighted that he was the first European politician, who as an Eastern-Central European received a leading role in the united Europe, furthermore he is one of the first European statesmen, who have always supported the cooperation of Visegrad countries. Donald Tusk has made an effort to deepen and widen the range of Hungarian-Polish relations, he has been an active participant of the Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day celebrated annually since 2007.
In accordance with the requirements stipulated in the doctoral statutes of the University of Pécs the Senate of the University confers the degree of honorary doctor upon those persons from Hungary and abroad who have achieved outstanding results in their respective fields for several decades, who have gained international recognition; have maintained close links with the University of Pécs, who have rendered the university and the Hungarian sciences outstanding services, and the recognition of whose activities, by conferring upon them the honorary doctor title, boosts the prestige of the University of Pécs. The Rector and the Senate of the University of Pécs conferred the honorary doctor title on Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council on Friday in the lately renewed atmospheric Halasy-Nagy József Aula. In the recommendation speech His Excellency was praised to be “a Polish politician and historian, whose national as well as European life-work is closely connected to Hungarian, regional and European history and is especially worthy to receive the honorary doctorate of the University of Pécs.” József Bódis, rector of the university emphasized in his speech: “Today’s ceremony plays a distinguished role in the 650-year jubilee of our institution. I honestly believe and hope that by conferring the honorary doctor title on Donald Tusk, our university will be stronger, and together we can achieve our goal of building a higher educational institution of outstanding reputation.” – said the rector. In his acceptance speech which was especially personal in tone, Donald Tusk drew attention to his views on being
European. For him, it is a reason to be proud of, for he firmly believes in the future and goals of the European Union, not giving in to the trending euroscepticism. On the migration crisis he pointed out that we have to defend our borders, however at the same time we have to separate ourselves from racism and xenophobia. He called Pécs as well as his native city, Gdansk European microcosms with their unique history and culture. “Pécs is a metaphor for Europe. Because if we agree that the main landmarks of a European town are the Market Square, the Town Hall, the University, and the Cathedral, this town with the oldest Hungarian University, with five churches in its name, is worthy of being a metaphor for Europe many times over.” – said the president in his inaugural address. He added: Europe is – and has the chance to also be in the future – the best place on Earth. A special and unique territory of freedom and culture. A precondition for its survival is our solidarity, which goes beyond divisions and natural conflicts of interests. The University in Pécs is the best place to deliver this European confession of faith with full conviction. Which I hereby do. Zsolt Páva, mayor of Pécs expressed his hopes that the Eastern-Central European states become more influential members of the European Union, driving it forward in the coming period. “The person of Donald Tusk bears serious potential in this process. Therefore one of the oldest founded universities of the continent and the city of Pécs is proud to have such a distinguished honorary at the local university doctor as the Polish president of the European Council.” – said the mayor. U N I V P É C S — 13
Pécs is the Gate of your Future! The Government of Hungary, within the framework of the Modern Cities Programme (MCP), has supported the University of Pécs to the tune of almost 25 billion HUF. It was declared that this support shall strengthen the competitiveness of the university, increase the number of foreign students, and provide the necessary infrastructural conditions. This university development project, however, is much more than a mere series of investments: construction is basically a tool for the university to show how it is guarding its traditions, and how open it is for new things. The ultimate aim of the programme is to strengthen the presence of the University of Pécs on the domestic and international map of higher education and science. It is clear that spectacular development is expected at UP, thanks to the MCP programme. 14 — U N I V P É C S
Nominated for Rector by the Senate of UP
The University of Pécs held a Senate Meeting to elect the new nominated rector of the university in the József Halasy-Nagy Aula on 18 December 2017. Attila Miseta has won the majority of the votes, therefore he is going to be nominated on behalf of the university at the Ministry of Human Capacities for the highest governing position of UP from 1 July 2018.
The mandate of the current rector, József Bódis is going to end with 30 June 2018. There were four valid entries for election, however, Bálint Bachmann withdrew his application before the Senate meeting on 18 December 2017. At the meeting, which was public, he confirmed his withdrawal. Each of three candidates gave 5-minute speeches, after which the first round of voting began. 41 members of the Senate each gave a vote one by one, the Chair of the Electorial Committee, Adrián Fábián presided over this part of the meeting and guaranteed that everything was in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the University and the law. In the first round, József Betlehem has won 15 votes, Attila Miseta has won 15 votes and Róbert Gábriel has won 11 votes. The voting was valid, but without a majority, so a second round was needed, from which the candidate with the least votes was excluded. The second round was also valid with following result: Attila Miseta has won the majority of the votes (23), and József Betlehem has won 18.
According to the results of the Senate meeting, Attila Miseta, Dean of the Medical School is going to be nominated by the University of Pécs to fill the position of the rector from 1 July 2018. After this election at the university, the Minister of State for Education recommends a candidate for rector, and it is the President who appoints the rector of the University of Pécs. Attila Miseta was born in 1960 in Kaposvár. He has been teaching at the University of Pécs since 1984. He received his PhD degree in 1995, his habilitation in 2000, and in 2004 he has become a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been the Dean of the Medical School since 2010, and since 2013 he is also the director of the Department of Laboratory Medicine. His main topic of research is molecular biology. Among other prizes, he has won: the Markusovszky Prize; for supporting the Hungarian language medical education in Transylvania he has won the István Báthory Prize; the Péter Bálint Prize, and he has been awarded the Pro Communitate Prize of Pécs in 2014. U N I V P É C S — 15
Dávid Gáspár, a student majoring in piano at the Music Institute of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, played and improvisational music serving as a prelude to the event. Since the last meeting two of our esteemed professors have passed away: Magdolna Kovács (Medical School) and Miklós Kengyel (Faculty and Law), the memory of whom the participants honoured with a minute long silence. During 2017 ten new members of this illustrious group have joined, who after receiving their official nomination by the president of Hungary received their university gowns from József Bódis rector on 1 September 2017 at the unveiling ceremony of the sculptures of Louis I of Hungary and Pope Urban VI. The gowns symbolize that these professors now belong to the professorial staff of the University of Pécs: • At the Faculty of Law: Tímea Drinóczy and László Kőhalmi, • At the Medical School: András Komócsi, Miklós Koppán, László Mangel, Gábor Reuter, Attila Schwarz and Csaba Varga, • At the Faculty of Health Sciences: Péter Tamás, • At the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development: Gábor Szécsi. 16 — U N I V P É C S
The University of Pécs organized its traditional New Year’s Professorial Meeting on 10 January 2018 at the Hotel Palatinus. Professors, retired and emeritus professors have been invited as well as the leadership of the university with almost two hundred attendees altogether.
The Professorial Meeting is known to offer a wonderful occasion to summarize last year’s achievements, which was especially eventful thanks to the Jubilee Year of the foundation of the University. The Universitas Televison, which celebrates the 25th anniversiary in 2018 showed the highlights of last year in a 20 minute video summary. In his speech Rector József Bódis said that the jubilee programmes have been successful, “they have been brimming with content, we will remember and which will make us proud.” He pointed out that for the fruitfulness of the jubilee year celebrations we have to thank many people, and it was a joint effort, a good example of cooperation. Regarding the future, the rector expressed his hopes that the change in the leadership of the university will be “smooth, and it will set the university on a new course with improved vivacity.” The official part of the event was followed by a banquet offering an opportunity to the professors to have casual conversations. TÓTH Mariann
Scientits Propose to Create a Novel Painkiller with no Adverse Effects on Body Temperature
Antagonists (blockers) of the so-called TRPV1 channel are being developed as novel painkillers by several pharmaceutical companies. This development, however, has been hindered by adverse effects on body temperature – some TRPV1 antagonists increase body temperature (cause hyperthermia), whereas others decrease it (cause hypothermia). The research team at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix, AZ), headed by Professor Andrej Romanovsky, M.D., Ph.D., collaborated with scientists at AbbVie (North Chicago, IL), Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA), and the Medical School at the University of Pécs (Pécs, Hungary) to address this problem. This international team of academic scientists and pharma researchers has found that the different adverse effects on body temperature stem from the same mechanism. If this mechanism is tamed, the drug will not affect body temperature in either direction. This research has been recently published in the journal Acta Physiologica. For more than 10 years, Dr. Romanovsky’s laboratory has studied TRPV1 antagonists, synthesized by different pharmaceutical companies, each having a different effect on body temperature. “Until now,” says Andras Garami, M.D., Ph.D., an early participant in this work and the first author on the
Acta Physiologica paper, “we thought that different effects of TRPV1 antagonists on body temperature were caused by different mechanisms. To our surprise,” continues Dr. Garami, “the present study shows that the hyperthermic and hypothermic effects are in fact caused through a reverse modulation of the exact same mechanism!” “The TRPV1 channel can be activated by different agents,” explains Dr. Romanovsky, “but only one type of channel activation affects what will happen to the body temperature. It is the activation by an acidic environment. If an antagonist blocks this activation, hyperthermia occurs; if it exaggerates it, then hypothermia develops.” This discovery paves the way for creating new TRPV1 antagonists with no side effects: in order to have no temperature effects, the new compounds should not interfere with TRPV1 activation by an acidic environment. “Understanding how the pharmacological profile of a TRPV1 antagonist affects body temperature is also important for repurposing TRPV1 antagonists,” says William Schmidt, Ph.D., President and CEO of Catalina Pharma, one of the startups working on new medical uses for these compounds. “Many pharmaceutical companies tried to develop TRPV1 antagonists, and even studied them in early-stage clinical trials,” continues Dr. Schmidt, “but, due to their adverse effects on body temperature, the development of most compounds was terminated. Now, they are sitting on the shelf, so to speak, and waiting for potential new uses. Better understandings of how the pharmacological profile of compounds are linked to effects on the body temperature – and this is what the paper gives us – is of enormous help.” U N I V P É C S — 17
The UP Welcomed
By last Autumn the University of PĂŠcs has more than 4000 international students, which is an important milestone in the history of the university of PĂŠcs.
A good indicator of progress is the fact that in 2010 the number of incoming students barely number exceeded 1500. The 4000th international student, Ide Kanako, a first year student of the Medical School from Japan was greeted by József Bódis, rector of the University of Pécs with a diploma at the Stipendium Hungaricum Gala. The growth of the number of the international students was a strategic goal of the university management since 2010, naturally in line with the development of the infrastructure and the professors’ team. As far as the former condition is concerned,
the Modern Cities Programme is a great benefit for the university as it provides financial resources for the development and modernization. One of the performing artists of the Stipendium Hungaricum Gala was Mino Rabenjafimanantsoa from Madagascar and her band, who was the Voice of the UP in spring. The international students had the opportunity to learn a Hungarian folk song with the help of the Eszterlánc Band and with an outstanding talent, Noémi Sturz, student of folk singing at the Academy of Music.
LANGUAGE EXAMS DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER
NAME OF LANGUAGE EXAM
ECL (European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages) www.ecl.hu
DATE OF EXAM (English, Polish, German, Italian, Slovakian, Spanish, Russian, Rumanian, Serbian, Croatian) Levels A2, B1, C1 – 13th April
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
19. 03. 2018.
Level B2 – 14th April 09-10. 04. 2018.
09. 03. 2018.
26.-27. 11. 2018.
26. 10. 2018.
Oral exams 7-21. 04. 2018.
04. 03. 2018.
Goethe https://www.goethe.de/ins/hu/hu /spr/prf/anm.html
English written exam and listening exams on 05. 04. 2018. German written exam and listening exams on 06. 04. 2018.
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04. 03. 2018.
GETTING INFECTED BY HUNGARIAN ALTERNATIVES FOR ACQUIRING OUR NATIVE LANGUAGE
This article is mainly based on conversations with co-workers at the University of Pécs specialized in Hungarian Studies: Dr. Mónika Dóla (senior lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, responsible for teaching Hungarian as a foreign language for international students) and Dr. Katalin Pelcz (Head of the Hungarian Programme in the International Studies Centre, ISC, of the Medical School).
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Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages in the world and a whole life is too short to acquire our mother tongue. You are afraid of it, but when you try to form a simple sentence in Hungarian to buy food in some shop, the shopkeeper tends … to answer you in English. s n o less I’m sure you’re familiar with these thoughts and situation. Bad news: a big challenge and serious demotivation are given. Let’s suppose that despite all of the above you want to give our beautiful Hungarian language a try. When, where, how can you manage it in Pécs? Practical summary for every international student who is ready to take the risk of getting infected by Hungarian.
There are two important programmes for Hungarian language learners. One of them is run by the Faculty of Humanities. In case you are studying at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Humanities, Arts or Engineering and Information Technology you will be delegated to this programme by the Office for International Relations and Erasmus Programme. For students studying at the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics, Health Sciences and the Medical School, the courses of the International Studies Centre are available. Keep calm if the lessons can’t be integrated into your schedule or you wouldn’t like to take part in the course you are placed into. If you’re willing to take another course because its place is nearer to your flat, you can do it since there is a good connection between these two organizations and “in case of emergency” they are open to accommodate individual requests. Besides, you can take Hungarian seminars organized exclusively for the students of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Engineering and Information Technology. There is also an obligatory language course at the Faculty of Medical Sciences focusing on professional terminology. This article focuses on two if the language programmes, mentioned above, that focus on teaching general Hungarian.
Both courses have a special focus on speaking and transferring knowledge that you can use in your everyday life in Hungary. The objective of the courses at the Faculty of Humanities is to help Erasmus students survive the time they spend in Hungary. These are some kind of crash courses that provide first aid to overcome the language barrier. Teachers won’t bombard you with complicated grammatical structures but provide simple and alternatives ways of communication. The objective of the Hungarian Programme is a bit different because it does not only involve students living here just for a short period of time 22 — U N I V P É C S
but also foreigners who work in Pécs or spend their university years in Hungary. The aim of the ISC courses is to teach you, in a pleasant way, how to speak Hungarian correctly. That’s why they study more complex structures from the beginning. Don’t worry, you won’t get lost in the maze of difficult grammar. It is not expected of you to find out (grammatically) correct Hungarian phrases on your own, it is the teachers who give you the structures, examples and phrases you can rely upon. WARNING! You may get infected by the language after some lessons. Take it easy, there is a cure for it: you can ask for more lessons at the Faculty of Humanities, you can have individual lessons at the ISC and you can also participate in the “summer university” courses of the Hungarian Programme, a great opportunity for practicing your Hungarian all day round.
You don’t have to do anything else but register for a „Hungarian for Foreigners” course via Neptun. It has six levels and each stage is successive. The basic requirements of the semester courses are the same for both programmes: there are two seminars a week and meeting the course requirements (attendance and exams) will allow you to receive a certificate indicating the level of your Hungarian. Last but not least and the best part of the deal: you can get ECTS credits and/or university credits for these courses as well.
Teachers are an inevitable part of your fun in Hungarian lessons. At the Faculty of Humanities you are going to be taught by native students specialized in Hungarian studies. What makes a good atmosphere in the seminars if not the pure fact that your teacher is as old as you and he/she also has to go through the same tortures of higher education? Making the situation even friendlier, Dr. Mónika Dóla adds that there is a so called “tandem programme” for students who would like to learn each other’s language. Practically speaking, if you are a Japanese willing to learn Hungarian and find a Hungarian student who wants to learn Japanese, you can become each other’s teachers and students. Amazing, isn’t it? In the ISC you will work with qualified teachers specialized in teaching Hungarian as a foreign language. Never suppose a totally serious atmosphere, what’s more, take it for granted that you will meet very creative teachers and innovative actions there. Don’t be surprised to get an overview of Hungarian cuisine, because your tutor is fond of gastronomy or have a Pilates session with your Hungarian teacher in the summer university.
These courses are free of charge for Erasmus students. If you take part in the courses at the Faculty of Humanities, you have to pay only for the copies of the notes created for Hungarian learners. If you study at the ISC you need to buy the course book (and workbook) of the programme. Its name is
„MagyarOK” and it is available for around 5.000 HUF in the foreign language bookshop of Pécs, in many web shops or at the ISC. If you don’t have money for it, it’s no big deal at all as being broke belongs to the general feel of being a university student, you can borrow them from the library, too. In case you are placed into a different programme or can’t sign up for the courses of the Hungarian Programme because of a Neptun bug but you would like to study at the ISC, you can still manage it but this time you, unfortunately, need to pay. University students have to pay just half of the price of the semester courses, which means, it costs 30.000 Ft for you. The summer university, mentioned above, is a horse of another colour. It’s more expensive but there are scholarships to assist your participation in it.
According to my experiences and to some anonymous interviews I made with international students, we can say that you could manage your life in Pécs without speaking Hungarian. You can go through most everyday situations you bump into with basic English. Why should you bother with Hungarian when you have a lot of other things to do as a university student? After all, the Erasmus Programme offers you a huge variety of past time activities and the company of other foreign students who also speak English. Being part of an international community provides you with something absolutely fascinating and unique but is it really enough? Think it over, you could get this feeling everywhere, but if you are in Hungary, why wouldn’t you get a taste our culture by picking up the language and enhance your otherwise unforgettable experience?
ideal case, around intermediate level and a professor whose English is, also in an ideal case, around intermediate level, too? Why is this scenario better than a cooperation between a professor, who is a native speaker, and an international student whose Hungarian is around intermediate level?” On the other hand if you are able to use at least basic Hungarian you’ll leave your comfort zone which includes everything along the way between your flat and the university. With the help of Hungarian language you can also improve the quality of your life in our country. It’s easy to see that students who accept the challenge to get to know our native language travel more, visit Hungarian exhibitions more often and go to theatre regularly. If know Hungarian you will be more strongly attached to our country. In the future your knowledge will enable you to read a Hungarian website and gather information about what’s going on in the country. Long story short, if you learn Hungarian you will definitely be a richer person when you return to your home country.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If this article aroused your curiosity you can find further information on the website of the Hungarian Programme and for details you can contact the co-workers. A good tip: if you need personal help feel free to ask your Faculty Erasmus Coordinator for advice.
On the one hand speaking, or trying to speak Hungarian facilitates the communication with native Hungarians. As Dr. Kata Pelcz puts it: „Why is the cooperation thought to be more simple and fruitful between a student, whose English is, in an
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A Dream Come Interview with Cristina Constenla Villoslada, one of the first Spanish students who chose the Medical School in Pécs, and finished her career here.
So, first of all, why did you choose Pécs and decide to graduate from here? We could say that Pécs chose me. It was the dream of my life to study medicine, no matter what it could take. In Spain it is difficult to get into a medical school because you need to have very good grades and having tried it on two occasions I decided to look for other alternatives. So it was the need that made it sharpen the wit. When looking for options, the opportunity to study in Hungary emerged and the first condition was to go to Budapest to do an entrance exam and an interview. So I packed my suitcase and flew to Budapest. After the interview and the exam they told me that there was also an option to go to Pécs. „To Pé…what?!” This was the first time in my life that I heard the name of the city which finally became my home for the following 6 years. So Pécs chose me. When I started the University the idea was to do the first two years in Pécs, then ask for a transfer to a Spanish University. We had this in mind mainly because living abroad cost a lot of money for my family and a public university in Spain would have been more affordable. So that’s what I did. Having passed the first two years I requested a transfer which was never granted, so again, it was a difficulty that forced me to make a decision. And the decision was to stay in Pécs and finish my studies. The moment I decided to stay, life took a 360º turn. I became happier, accepted that I was going to stay and started to enjoy the great experience that life gave me in the form of living in another country, using another language, getting to now a different gastronomy, seeing life in another way, and mixing another culture with mine. I would give and receive. Misfortune became an advantage. When you finished the University what opportunities did you have to become a doctor in Spain? Did studying in Pécs help you when you prepared for MIR (Médico Interno Residente- an important exam in Spain which you must do take to become a doctor)? When I finished I had the same options as any other Spanish to pass the MIR. The only drawback was having to translate all the documents into Spanish because it was expensive, but nothing else. The MIR exam is a very concrete test which has become more specific over the years, so to make sure that you will pass the exam the best is to join one of the various different academies operating in Spain. It's like running a marathon and you need to have a good coach. I think my education in Pécs has given me a solid background to become a doctor. 24 — U N I V P É C S
How is life after the Medical School? What do you think about these years? Regarding life after Medical School, everyone has their own story, I guess. After the university I took a year off, and then I decided to prepare the MIR. I am very happy to have made that decision so I could become the doctor that I always wanted to be. Looking back and thinking about what I experienced, the gift that this ’adversity’ gave me and the wonderful people who shared their life with me during these six years, all I can say with a smile on my lips is that I would do it again. We all know that memory is selective and luckily, most of my memories are good memories. When I think about Pécs, the university, the lifelong friendships I've made there, my classmates, I can only think of one thing: to say thank you. I am grateful indeed to have been able to fulfil my dream and to have lived it in such an intense and special way. Being away from home, away from your family and the culture of your "mini world" is not easy, it is not a path covered with roses but if you open yourself to what the world may offer you, if you open your eyes, ears, mind and heart, it is amazing what you can receive. What do you miss the most about Pécs? Without a doubt the great friends I have made. And of course mulled wine (forralt bor) in winter, and lángos. (She laughs) Would you recommend to study in Pécs to anyone? Yes, apart from the high quality of education, it gives you a unique and special life experience. Unforgettable. Can you tell us what you do now, in terms of work, travel, volunteering, etc ...? I am currently a third year resident of Pediatrics at the Pediatric Hospital Sant Joan de Deu in Barcelona. The specialty of paediatrics in Spain lasts for 4 years. The years of residence are very After all, these are the years when you can get the most out of yourself and decide the type of doctor that you want to become. The free time you have left, and the holidays can be managed in the way you want. Being a resident does not allow you time for volunteering. This year, during the holidays, I volunteered in Ethiopia, but it was something that I organized. In my hospital during the fourth and last year of your residence you can do an external rotation, including the possibility to go and take part in some NGO projects.
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Legal aid for students by students “We are mostly contacted with problematic cases and issues of tenancy and rents; matters related to contracts and termination of contracts, or even to disputable legal cases of flatmates. Consumer rights are another huge area, and students also encounter problems with service providers, since in many cases they only can enter into contracts in Hungarian, thus they do not even know what they have signed and under what terms and conditions they have access to the services. We also need to make foreign students aware of the fact that in Hungary they are bound by Hungarian legal regulations. The service is provided by legal students under the supervision of professional mentors with a legal degree. Each step of the service is regulated and based on education. We do office work indeed, not only simulate it. It is unique in Europe. Actual work started in the autumn of 2017; hundreds of students asked for information on Campus Legal Aid Clinic on the Information Day. Our students have sorted out over twenty cases so far. Each case can involve writing dozens of letters, and the maintenance of the website is their task, too. It is not legal service, only legal consulting and aid. However, we have also provided legal advice for start-ups operating within the framework of the Simonyi Centre for Business Development at the Faculty of Economics. The students of the legal faculty can take legal Clinic I & II as a course, thus they acquire theoretical knowledge, and
Campus Legal Aid Clinic at the Faculty of Law of UP offers legal aid especially for foreign students, but also for Hungarian students if need be. They do have an office, but contact is made in the virtual space. We have asked Tibor Füzy, professional head of CAMPUS Legal Aid Clinic.
in the second year – 20 students can participate in Campus Legal Aid Clinic at the same time – the already prepared students can apply they knowledge in the practical field as well. Our first year is still in the experimental stage; we have organised a workshop at the Medical Faculty as well so that students can get to know this service, and we can get acquainted with their demands. In the future we wish to provide legal knowledge specific to certain professions, so that students would be aware of the legal regulations of their professions. This will be the next step for Campus Legal Aid. Thus, we are planning for a closer co-operation with the faculties in question. And our optimistic main goal is to create a community of alumni the members of which are able to help and support each other, and to propagate the news of what is happening at the legal faculty in Pécs. One of the former students, who took part in the work of the predecessor of Campus Legal Aid Clinic, have been employed by a big American legal office, and when they heard how we have developed, the office undertook mentoring Campus Legal Aid”. The address of the office: 7622 Pécs, Dohány utca 1-3.; 2. floor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.legalclinic.hu Facebook: Campus Legal Aid Clinic
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Mónika Galambosné Tiszberger, assistant professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs has always been interested in statistics, she worked at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, at Eurostat, then she came back to the University of Pécs to teach. She has three children, she had been the president of the Student Benefits and Dormitory Committee, she also participates in different project works, she is mentoring students. Her hobby is patchwork. She holds free workshops about time management at the Faculty of Business and Economics. I asked her to give some tips about time management that could be useful for students. The main focus: how to use our time more efficiently?
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How do you spend your time?
The first step of time management, which everybody can do is the following: try to summarize at the end of every day for a week, what you have been doing that day. This way you can face the truth and find out, what how you spend your time. There is an exercise that I usually have the students do near the end of the workshop, maybe you have already seen it on a video. There is a big glass bowl, there are big stones and some rice. The task is to place the stones in the bowl, then fill it up
You have to prioritize of course, which can be challenging. Our hearts would sometimes overwrite what we consider a priority. However, we have to see the deadlines for that given day, week, month clearly. If you have an online calendar, when you set reminders, where we should take into account how much time you need to complete a task, so as not to be reminded to submit an essay an hour before the deadline, when you still have not written it. Many people say, that ‘I don’t do sports, because I have no time for that’. If something is important to you, you have to make time for it. If your hobby is important to you, you should be more organized in other areas of your life, then you can find the time for your hobby. This is only a question of priority. You have to find out for yourselves. If you cannot find time for something, it might be not that important after all. One has to prioritize, however, I am going to give you a counter-example. If you look out the window, and see that the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, then throw away everything and go running, take a walk, because you cannot do that after 6pm in winter, because it will be dark and cold outside. Reorganize your tasks. You should not stick to the plan too hard. Time management is mostly self-discipline. The main goal of studying at the university is to find work after graduation, and to have a good job. If we draw the slices of the cake, how much of our time we spend in the workplace, we can see that work is a big piece of that cake. If we are lucky and have a job that we love to do, feel nice while doing it, then we can imagine that a huge part of our lives is in order. If this is your goal and you mean it, pay attention already at the university, what it is that you find interesting or fascinating even. You do not have to pass every exam with flying colours. However, you still have to pass every exam, otherwise you cannot get a diploma. But it is recommended to read a little about every subject, at least as much as to be able to decide for yourselves, whether you are interested in it or not. Please do not say about anything that it is useless. It is enough to find one thing, this might even be part of a subject, that you like, or find interesting, then you can do research in that area, or join the Scientific Students’ Association at your faculty, immerse yourself in that topic, and you might even make a living through that area. This is especially characteristic at the Faculty of Business and Economics. I liked statistics for example, I tutored many fellow-students, when I was a student myself, then after graduation, I worked for the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, later at Eurostat, then I came back to the University of Pécs to teach statistics. And I never had to say ‘Oh my, I have to go to work’, or when I have to come up with examples to use in the exams, I never felt that I would not like to do it.
TIME MANAGEMENT IS MOSTLY SELF-DISCIPLINE with rice. Then we change the sequence: first, we pour in the rice, then we have to see that not all of the big stones fit in the bowl any more. The bowl symbolises a certain amount of time, the big stones represent tasks that demand a lot of time, and the rice grains symbolize tasks that we can do in a short amount of time. They are not less important, sometimes there are important tasks, which we can complete quickly. We have to conclude, that if we do not plan the big stones into our days, weeks, months, then we will not have enough time to do them.
Filling it up You can learn or prepare for in advance, how to use those random gaps in your schedule. You should not be spending them doing something important. If you have to wait for example, use the time to relax a bit. I always have something to read with me. Or you can plan your next week, or collect ideas for presents. Or this could be the half hour that you would spend on scrolling through social media platforms, listening to music, because these are activities that you can stop doing any time.
Order This might sound strange and a bit of a cliché, but if we consider, how much time we have spent searching for something, then we can realize, that order is quite important. We can also save some time, if there is some system, a place for everything around us. 30 — U N I V P É C S
Reward I would like to stress the importance of rewarding ourselves. It is motivating in itself if we check what we have already done, tick, or cross those items on the list. You can also find a reward that motivates you, e.g.: if you are ready with a certain task, you can go and have some ice-cream, or you can go for a walk, or go jogging, watch a movie, or buy something – not every day, and not during the day of course, there are different levels.
The other extreme Meanwhile, pay attention and try not to overdo anything in any aspect. You do not have to spend your every minute usefully. If you are trying too hard, you might end up regretting to spend time, when you were not doing anything useful, but this is not the aim. I think there are opportunities for everybody. First, find out how you are spending your time. Because you might be able to save time without losing quality.
How to overcome procrastination? You have to create a list, where you can check what you have already done. If something has no exact deadline, set one for yourself. I find that it is easier and less painful to do something quickly. The Pomodoro technique* also says that you should do those things, that would not take a lot of time to complete, on the spot. In my experience, postponing takes a lot of extra effort. It lingers in the back of our minds, that we have to do something, and then it becomes a pressuring factor. If you would like to actively avoid this painful process, then restrain yourself, and do that given task the sooner the better, and you will feel relieved. The outcome will be much better, but this again is a question of self-discipline. It does not come easily.
+1: Let go You have to realize, that you will not be able to do everything, therefore you sometimes have to say no, and you have to delegate. You have to see, that there are some tasks that others can also do well enough, and you have to ask for help and also be ready to accept it. Mariann TÓTH
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First aid and emergency medical care are free for foreigners, in other cases you have to pay for the treatment. A full coverage general health insurance for Hungary is a prerequisite for registration at any faculty of the University of Pécs. The General Practitioner (GP) Service provided by the Centre for Occupational Health and Hygiene of the University of Pécs Clinical Centre offers primary care for the students of the university. The place of consultation: Pécs, Nyár u. 8. Should you have any questions, problems or would like to make an appointment please contact our English speaking contact on +36 72/507 520. (available btw. 11-12 a.m./16-17 p.m.) Please make an appointment: Web:haziorvos.pte.hu Tel.: +36 72/507 520 (available btw. 11-12 a.m./16-17 p.m.) E-mail:email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com The treatment of foreign students is as follows: • if the student is insured by one of the insurance companies the university has a contract with (Generali Providencia) all expenses are covered by the insurance company • if the student is insured by any other insurance companies not in contract with the university, the student needs to pay for the treatment on the spot according to the operative Code of Charges and Benefits of he UP. The student receives an ambulant card and a receipt/invoice and can get reimbursement from his/her own insurance company • if the student is not insured he/she needs to pay for the treatment on the spot according to the operative Code of Charges and Benefits of he UP. The student receives an ambulant card and a receipt/invoice. If any further examinations are required, or specialist treatment is needed those are accessible through primary care. In case of emergency (or outside the GP opening hours) you can go to: Internal medicine: Emergency Department / ‚Klinikai Központ Sürgősségi Orvostani Tanszék’ Janus Pannonius Clinical Block (former 400-bed clinic) Address: Pécs, Ifjúság útja 13. or Traumatology: The ‚Honvéd’ Hospital / ‚Honvéd Kórház’ Address: Pécs, Akác utca 1. First, however, please call the following number to confirm which hospital to visit: +36 72 536-000 /33742
The Student Counselling Service
Student Counselling is considered an invaluable service within the University of Pecs. Its primary objective is to provide students with professional, discreet and responsive psychological counselling. What are the primary challenges facing students? Challenges associated with academia in references to studying and training: learning difficulties; stressful exams, anxiety, repeated failures. Uncertainties encountered during the development of one’s professional identity, hardships met in the adaption of the University lifestyle. Accommodating to intensive challenges routinely faced when encountering a new spectrum of socio-cultural experiences: being far from one’s family, unfamiliar environment, difficulties in communication, local behaviour and attitudes common to the host environment, difficulties assimilating to the perplexity of the Hungarian culture. Routine challenges associated with life, potentially creating a barrier towards studying: self-esteem, self-confidence; relationships within the family and among friends and partners; and difficulty towards effectively establishing valuable relationships, loneliness and isolation. The service is intended to offer counselling to students enrolled in the English language programme and seeks to render professional assistance to students struggling with a plethora of challenges and difficulties evolving from potential changes and upheavals in their personal lifestyles and studies. The service is free of charge and guarantees complete discretion. Professional counselling is available to the individual and to small groups. It is a bona fide service provided by the University of Pecs, without a service fee. Identifying and averting the problem causing difficulties can help students re-establish control of their lives and maximize their potential towards acquiring harmony, balance and the sense of well being. Individual counselling consists of personal interviews, where challenges can be discussed; solutions, alternatives and perspectives are offered. Appointments for counselling can be made by email only. A member of the staff will reply, and provide a suitable appointment for the first meeting. Our work is facilitated if the applicants indicate the problem they seek assistance with. Students, if they wish, can maintain their anonymity up until the first session. Making appointments for counselling: firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more at: http://counselling.pte.hu/
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My interest in participating in an Erasmus exchange programme existed even before I started university. As a result, the only thing I had to think about was finding the most suitable place. In my first year as psychology student at the University of Pecs I met many Erasmus students from all over the world so it was easy to gather information about the various countries and cities where I could possibly go. When I finally decided to apply, I visited the Erasmus coordinator at the university to get further information on the application procedure. I met people from the University of Valencia and they informed me about their university’s requirements, about the classes and about life in Valencia in general. Of course you can never be fully prepared. Nevertheless, since I was already a foreigner in Hungary, the fact that I had to start over in a new country didn’t seem too frightening. I wanted to get to know more about Spanish culture, practice my Spanish and study new things at the university. I was quite enthusiastic about the new classes I would have to enrol.
I was lucky to have my Spanish friends there so they could help me with finding an apartment since there was no dormitory available for Erasmus students. In the beginning communication was quite complicated, and I also had to adapt to a new city, like it happens everywhere. I had to change my classes because one of them was not going to be held at all and another one proved to be in Spanish. Finally, I managed to find four classes that were completely in English, plus the Spanish course which was about to start from October. The Erasmus coordinator there was quite helpful in handling this problem and always updated us in time. Personally, I believe Spain is the perfect destination for travelling. Every place I visited was beautiful and the weather was mostly warm and sunny. The city offered many opportunities for leisure including concerts, museums and students events. People have the opportunity to buy an annual membership for renting bikes in the city from specified stands which made transportation much easier. Naturally, buses connect every corner of the city, also at night, so transportation was not difficult to figure out. I’m extremely satisfied with my classes at the university, regarding both their uniqueness and the way they were taught. I liked the interactive way of the Spanish teachers and I had the chance to participate in practical trainings, such as visiting clinics with children or elders. I also worked in a lab with microscopes and last but not least my Spanish improved to the extent that I could engage in everyday conversations. To sum up, my Erasmus experience in Spain left me with only positive emotions and memories and gave birth to a Spanish side within myself. I had the opportunity to do travels in a different part of Europe and, at the same time, gained knowledge that helped me with my psychology degree. So I don’t think people need a special reason to enrol the Erasmus programme. They should have neither fear nor hesitation to apply.
Name: Panagiota Koufopetrou Specialization, class: BA in Psychology Academic year: autumn semester 2016-2017 Country and city of destination: Valencia, Spain Receiving institution: Universidad Catholica de Valencia
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Selecting the country and the university is a challenging and at the same time exciting task because there are so many wellknown partner universities and one has to select the best that suits for him/her. The main reason for my choice was that I wanted to improve my knowledge in German, which I learned years ago, but never had a good chance to practice it. Therefore, I went to Germany. The accommodation was well managed by the host university and I could stay in a dormitory. These dormitories are usually located in calm and green areas. Bus stops and shops were all within a 10-minutes walk’s distance. The dorm itself was divided into floors, and every floor had two sections with 7-11 rooms. In each section there were up to eleven people living, who shared one common kitchen, two toilets and two bathrooms. The rooms in the dormitory were private. It was a good experience to be part of the host culture and learn things this way and although there was a possibility to rent a flat (university agencies assist you with this), I chose to take the
dormitory (250 euro/month). The rooms were clean and provided me with all the basic necessities i.e. furniture, internet, bed-sheets, blankets etc. The atmosphere of the dormitory was quite unique in itself as there were people from several different cultures and countries living all together in one building. The teaching staff was competent and had the required skills to teach or explain things in English if a student had difficulties with understanding. Apart from the curriculum, the atmosphere of the class itself offered ideal conditions to learn a lot. Being in class together with so many international people from different countries, having discussions and presentations and listening to different perspectives and ways of thinking was a truly worthy experience. The assessment methods varied from course to course and teacher to teacher. Normally, the method of assessment meant a ‘Referat’ a 12-15-page long essay in a chosen topic from the syllabus. This essay had to be submitted at the end of the course. Giessen is a small city in Germany with a very high student population. There is not lot to do in the city; luckily, it is 45-minute train ride from Frankfurt am Main. Students receive get semester ticket (ca. 230 euro) which can be used as a transport pass, a cafeteria and a laundry card. With the semester ticket, every student had the chance to explore the whole country and travel to other cities for free. From the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main, you can travel to several destinations in Germany or abroad. Tickets are usually not very expensive and if you want to travel somewhere beyond your state, you can get a student discount when purchasing your ticket. In conclusion all I can say is that it was undoubtedly a unique and life changing experience for me. Every single moment was full of studying and fun. I consider myself lucky to get such an opportunity to meet a lot of people, to compare the various study programmes and teaching methods and to study the questions of migration which is so timely in Germany at the moment.
Name: Abbasova Ruslana Ruslan Specialization, class: BA International Relations Academic year: Third year 5th semester Country and city of destination: Germany, Giessen Receiving institution: Justus Liebig University
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Programmes of the
UP Sports Office Spring 2018
There will be lots of mass sport events for university citizens this spring. In the first half of the semester „nights” play an important role, because two popular events will be held within a month including the UP Night of Pub Sports and Night of Sports. If you are interested in racket sports then this half-year will be your favourite semester because the Sports Office is planning to organise the I. UP Racketlon Cup which includes four different locations for squash, badminton, tennis and table-tennis. The various championships between the Faculties will continue from the middle of February (men’s, women’s handball, men’s basketball and mixed volleyball). Both the Soccer Tournament between the Faculties and UP Futsal League will return with a spring edition in March. The latter is one of the most popular events, including close to 30 teams competing 36 — U N I V P É C S
week after week to decide who will be the futsal champion of the semester. Danube Regatta, the sports festival of the year takes place on the 5th of May. Similar to last year, our Dragon Boat Team and Students can warm-up for this national event using the VII. UP Dragon Boat Regatta in Orfű. For the first time in the history of the Sport Office, this semester will be closed by a monumental sport event („I Decathlon - UP Sports Picnic”), where you can take part in various sports competitions at several locations. To get information about the upcoming sport events, visit our website „univpecs.com” for more details or Follow the UP Sports Office on facebook: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PTESPORTIRODA/
An interview with Kassiyet Adilkhankyzy, Bharatanatyam dancer, student of the University of PĂŠcs.
When did you start to dance? I started learning Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance form from South India) at the age of seven at the Indian Cultural Centre in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2010 after completing high school, I was awarded the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) scholarship from the Government of India to get intensive training in Bharatanatyam under the able guidance of Padma Bhushan Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan at Ganesa Nat38 — U N I V P É C S
yalaya in New Delhi, India. The training was very intense, we had 6-7 hour long dance rehearsals, nattuvangam (a South Indian form of rhythmic recitation) and music classes. Simultaneously I began to teach and by teaching, I was learning more in-depth aspects of the dance form. Several months later, I began to travel with my guru and the fellow dancers across India and abroad. I can say I was literally breathing, eating, sleeping – and dancing!
Could you please tell me more about this dance form? Bharatanatyam may be the oldest classical dance tradition of India, which originated in the South Indian state called Tamil Nadu in the 2nd century CE. Bharatanatyam’s theoretical foundations trace back to the ancient Sanskrit text by Bharata Muni, with the title Natya Shastra. The term Bharata, consisting of ‘Bha - means ‘bhava’ - feelings, emotions, which are parts
of the communication in this dance. Sometimes, with my dance friends, we stop talking with words, we just show things with expressions. The next part, ‘Ra’ stands for ‘raga’ - which means melody and ‘ta’ stands for ‘tala’ - which means rhythm. The other part of the word ‚natyam’, means dance. So if we put it together, ‚Bharatanatyam’ means a dance, which combines facial expressions, melody and rhythm. When did you decide to come to Hungary? How did that happen? I made the decision to study probably because I realized the fact that I never know how long I will be able to dance, it is always good to have another support. My parents wanted me to go for economics, finance or IT, but I was not too excited for any of those. I came up with another idea: International Relations. I thought, it embraces culture, arts, communication and diplomacy as well, so I can put it up together with dance in future. I always wanted to explore Europe, and I thought: why not to study there? This would be the best way to discover and experience Europe from within, so I started looking for universities. While searching on the internet, I came across the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship program from the Government of Hungary and quickly applied online. Several days later, I came to know, that this scholarship programme is the educational cooperation agreement between Hungary and Kazakhstan, and I need to apply through the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan. After completing the required procedure, I was glad to know, that I have been granted the scholarship to study at the University of Pécs, which was my first choice. I chose the University of Pécs because it is the first university in Hungary and one of the major higher education institutions of the country. When I arrived in Pécs, I was absolutely mesmerized by the similarity this city has with Almaty, where I was born. The exact same TV tower looking over the city and the beautiful rolling hills. I will show you!!!
When did you arrive in Hungary? I arrived in September 2017. I feel blessed and fortunate to study here. It is a dream come true opportunity! How do you like International Relations? Oh, it is amazing! It is a bachelor programme, three years. I really like my professors and the subjects we study. I really have been looking forward to my second semester! Do you have the chance to dance here in Pécs? Yes, I performed couple of times already. I have been given a great opportunity to perform at Byebye650 at the Expo Center and I also had the privilege to teach local and international students. For me it was a great experience to teach non-Indian dancers for the first time and seeing them doing all the steps is such an amazing feeling. I had so much fun! The second occasion was at the country presentation at ESN (Erasmus Student Network), when the Indian community in Pécs requested me to represent India. I am looking forward to more opportunities to spread the fragrance and joy of dance! What do you think about the Dancing University Programme? I think it is amazing! I was very delighted to see that the university has a dance faculty and the students are able to be part of this fantastic community. I tried joining the community in the beginning of the semester but it was hard to continue during the examination period, shall revive soon. Can you tell me little bit about this dance? I have the feeling that it is similar to poetry. Yes, it is poetry in dance. Every story we do in Bharatanatyam, is a metaphor, an allegory. It is also very important for the audience to open their hearts and minds to dance, because they have to allow dance to touch them. We usually depict different stories, poems through dance and to be able to do so, we need to understand the language and also know the hand gesU N I V P É C S — 39
tures to convert the story into dance movements. To create one dance piece requires many hours of research work, you need to know the language, poetry, literature, you have to understand the music and you also need other people’s expertise, such as scholars, vocalists, flautist, drummer etc. and most importantly, you need to be inspired, since all of this is interconnected. It is challenging, but very interesting. Many authors wrote their names in the given poem itself so that they will not be forgotten. My guru wrote many poems and transformed them into dance, and it is fascinating to see her and us dancing to her poems. After
many decades and hundreds of years, the poem, which she wrote will remain and probably other dancers will dance on her poems. I just think it is amazing! Not so long ago, there was a Kathak dance performance in Pécs by Padmashri Shovana Narayan. Do you know her? Yes, I have known her for several years, because she and my guru have been friends for a very long time. However, Shovana ma’am dances a different style of Indian classical dance called Kathak, which comes from the Central and Northern parts of India. Shovana ma’am is India’s most celebrated and outstanding Kathak dancer, guru, author, scholar and choreographer. For her contribution to the field of dance, she was awarded the Padma Shri (highest civilian award in India). It is very difficult to receive this award, only a few people get nominated but as far as I know, she has also worked on government work and it is extremely hard to combine both and achieve such heights in two completely different fields! To me, she is a true source of inspiration and I wish one day I can become like her! I was very happy to see her in Hungary! Thank you for bringing her here. Using these facial expressions is quite new for me, because all the dances I know, are not using the face in this way. Is it very far fetching to say, that it is similar to theatre in this aspect? No, you are absolutely right. However, there is a very heavy technical aspect as well. You have to be fit enough and have the stamina to be able to dance. I would say, that it is easier and faster to achieve a perfection in technical aspect rather than the facial expression part. Because the emotions and feelings come later, with age and experience. Is there any age limit to learn this classical dance? No. But it is advised to begin as early as possible. Many children in India start dancing at the age of 5-6. There
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is another interesting fact about classical dance, that the older you get, the better you dance! It is totally different from ballet and other dance forms because the combination of three aspects which I mentioned earlier come together with maturity. You have seen Shovana ma’am’s performance not long ago here in Pécs. She was absolutely out of this world, you only achieve such perfection with good training, many years of rehearsals, a lot of hard work and talent. What do you like the most about this dance? I think that any dance style can keep you fit and healthy, but only Indian classical dance can touch you spiritually. You can really feel the bliss and divinity. As I said earlier, this dance form consists of three different aspects and when they come together your body, mind and soul come to an alignment. Every single story you depict, you have to be that character. You cannot be who you are, you need to get out of your body and mind and be that particular character, whether it is a young girl or an old man. This pushes you beyond your capacity and also broadens your mind, you start thinking what would that character have done or would do? You have to go back in time when this character existed. I do not know, whether there is any other dance form, which is so complete and unique. I want to share a small story, which I experienced while traveling for performances in South India. Whenever I entered any temple, I could see those two-thousand-year-old dance postures carved on the walls of the temple. And it absolutely blows your mind and you end up coming out with so many questions like, who carved them and how did it happen and how is it still alive? So now you can understand, why I chose to be especially a Bharatanatyam dancer. I think I have the big the responsibility of carrying this dance form forward and spreading its fragrance across different countries. Mariann TÓTH
On 19 February, Dancing University opened again. It has been functioning since 2000 and since that time over 30.000 participants have had the chance to take the different dance and movement courses. The project has also set two Guinness world records. It is open for students and employees of the UP and also for the citizens of Pécs. It functions as an ideal place to make friends, as an interesting leisure-time activity, and also as a training opportunity. In the spring semester of the 2017/2018 academic year body-shaping dance aerobics, boogie-woogie, rock and roll, swing, belly dance, hiphop, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian dances, Cuban Salsa, Latin dances, self-defence, ballroom dancing, Zumba and gymnastics are offered the for employees. In 2016 a unique course, called creative dance, was offered the first time for patients with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The Dancing University is an extraordinary project in Hungarian higher education and the PTE Dance Team is similarly unique. This group, whose members are the students of the university, was founded in 2011. They perform various dances all around the country. Their three evening-length dance shows were on in several theatres. They have performed together with famous Hungarian singers, actors and actresses, a Spanish flamenco group, a symphonic orchestra, and singers from Ireland, Nigeria and Madagascar. In 2015 the members of the PTE Dance Team were the cheerleaders in support of the rowing teams of Harvard and Princeton universities. U N I V P É C S — 41
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19 MARCH – DAY OF INDONESIA
Location: E78 Concert Hall – Zsolnay Cultural Quarter 6 p.m. Introduction to Indonesian culture (traditional Balinese and Javanese dance performances; Bali musical instruments; culinary presentation of Indonesia 20 MARCH – DAY OF CHINA Location: House of Art and Literature 3.30 p.m. C hina from Hungarian perspectives – Discussion with dr. László Bárdy, Hungarian orientalist 4.00 p.m. A cupunctures points and health cultivation – Lecture by Dr. Jia Yongsen TCM medical doctor of the Confucius Institute of the University of Pecs (Faculty of Health Sciences) in English with Hungarian interpretation Location: Knowledge Centre 6 p.m. Photo exhibition about the last 3 years of operation of the Confucius Institute 21 MARCH – DAY OF INDIA Location: E78 Concert Hall – Zsolnay Cultural Quarter Programs from 6 p.m. 22 MARCH – DAY OF JAPAN Location: Király utca 9. Pécs (Origami Club) 5. p.m. Origami and Furishuki workshop with Judit Wogerne Sagi (Origami Club, Pécs). At the workshop we can get to know and practice not only interesting techniques of Origami but also the traditional furishuki, wich is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.
ea-taster with Mariann Toth tea-blogger. T You can tast sencha - a traditional Japanese green tea - and alos genmaicha, also called brown rice green tea. Genmaicha is the Japanese name for green tea combined with roasted brown rice. You can also get answers on this event for further tea-related questions. U N I V P É C S — 43
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BUSINESS Simonyi Summer Social Entrepreneurship Program Date: July 6-28 Short description: The SSSEP 2018 focuses on creating socio-economic value in the region surrounding the University of Pecs. Participants will provide professional support to social entrepreneurship initiatives that can have real social impact in the region. They will cooperate with culturally and professionally diverse student groups in a practiceoriented, experiential learning context that focuses on real-life projects, collaborating with project owners in the region. Who should apply: The program invites undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students from any disciplines Language of instruction: English Earned credits: 3 ECTS credits Organizing unit: Simonyi Business and Economic Development Center Website: http://simonyisummer.ktk.pte.hu/
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Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University Date: July 22–August 19 Short description: Would you like to learn Hungarian in an interesting, effective and interactive way? Register for our Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University to learn not only the language but also receive current information about Hungarian culture, cuisine, traditions and much more! Groups are small and multicultural, so students receive personalized feedback. Learn our unique and interesting language in the natural language environment and learn more than just a language! Who should apply: anyone who is interested in speaking Hungarian! International students who start their studies in September or are already in Hungary but do not have time for language courses during the regular semester. Language of instruction: Hungarian (English) Earned credits: 13.5 ECTS / 9 ECTS credits Organizing unit: University of Pécs, Medical School, International Studies Center Website: www.isc.pte.hu; www.magyar-ok.hu
MUSIC SUM – Summer University of Music Date: June 29-30 Short description: Students will learn about specific eras of pop music during the Summer University in Pécs, the capital of Hungarian music. Participants will work on their own projects in small groups while attending daily courses taught by well-respected researchers and members of the Hungarian pop music scene. During the course, students will create a musical production to be performed at the end of the second day as part of the Zsolnay Light Festival. Who should apply: Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students Language of instruction: English Earned credits: 2 ECTS credits Organizing unit: PTE University of Music Website: www.zen.pte.hu
In addition to these programs, the University of Pécs organizes the following summer courses for its partner institutions: 1. Summer Program in English Language and Education This is the second time we will hold the 4-week-long summer course for the 35 students of our Chinese partner institution, Hangzhou Normal University. The program seeks to improve academic English skills and will give insight into the theory and practice of education. Organizing units: Centre for International Relations, Faculty of Humanities 2. The Cultural Heritage of Hungary and Europe This 2-week-long summer course will be held for the 20 students of a Chinese partner institution. This academic program focuses on cultural studies and includes dynamic field trips and excursions to cultural sites of Pécs, Baranya and Budapest. Organizing units: Centre for International Relations, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development 3. Hungarian Folk Music and Folk Dance This is the second time we offer the 10-day-long summer program for Japanese students from Josai International University. This academic and entertaining summer course provides students with insight into Hungarian folk tradition and includes a special Hungarian dance program with traditional live music. Organizing units: Centre for International Relations, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts
SOCIAL SCIENCES „Identities Under Pressure?” Changing European Union, New Global Order in the Making Date: June 28-July 7 Short description: The course looks at the changing intercultural climate within the European Union in light of such global challenges and pressures as the ongoing refugee crisis, transnational terrorism and regional cooperation - in particular, across Central and Eastern Europe, especially within the Visegrad Four. Globalization, but even more so, ‚Glocalization’ will be discussed from different identityrelated angles, including also the perspective of university cities bearing the title ‚European Capital of Culture’. Who should apply: Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students Language of instruction: English Earned credits: 3 ECTS credits Organizing unit: Centre for International Relations Website: http://summerschool.pte.hu
More information: http://summerschool.pte.hu Centre for International Relations email@example.com You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at ’Pécs Summer School’ and on Instagram at pecssummerschool. U N I V P É C S — 45
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“PÉCSI EGYETEMI NAPOK” / PÉCS UNIVERSITY DAYS (PEN)
27-29. APRIL, ZSOLNAY LIGHT FESTIVAL 28 JUNE- 1. JULY, PÉCS PÉCS
It maybe a bit early to celebrate summer, but it is a tradition to hold the Pécs University Days right after the spring break. It is a great party you should not miss! The biggest cultural and music festival of University of Pécs will show the world once again what life is like on the campus. Groups from several faculties compete for the Students Rector title year after year. Every team has to have a candidate, a special mission and a story about themselves and about the PEN. There have been teams formed by international students, so we recommend you to join in. Last year a new PEN event was launched called the “Voice of UP”. It is a local singing competition. The first to win this contest was Mino Rabenjafimanantsoa, an international student from Madagascar. What a voice, what a style! We wonder who will be the next star? Tickets: PTE Early Bird: 5.990 HUF #PEN2018
FISHING ON ORFŰ
Last year, Pécs hosted the first light festival in Hungary, a unique event in the world of such festivals. While most of the light festivals are positioned for wintertime, Pécs pioneered in scheduling a program in the summer, offering an abundance of events for those interested day and night alike. The Zsolnay Light Festival is preparing st for a three-day event featuring the various branches of 21 -century mapping art, street entertainment, theatre, music and contemporary circus. This year's festival also places great emphasis on the integrated visualization of the triad of art, technology, science. Besides artificial light creations, art projects using natural sunlight will also be included. Free!
BALATONSOUND 4-8. JULY, ZAMÁRDI
Being one of Europe's largest open air electric music festivals 20-23. JUNE, Balatonsound place on the banks of Lake Balaton. SunkORFŰ, PANORAMA CAMPING issed DJ-s and takes bizarre costumes guarantee sweet memories. Do
Don’t you think Pécs is short of a beach? Well, we have a beautiful lake not far from Pécs, instead. It is next to a lovely village of less than 800 inhabitants called Orfű. Ten years ago the lead singer of one of the iconic bands of Pécs organized a festival with his friends on the area of the local campground at Orfű. It turned out to be such an extraordinary and unique event that it just had to be continued. It is the one and only music festival where you can go fishing! Oops, we should not have let you know about this, even a single ticket is far too rare and precious treasure. Tickets: 6.900 HUF for a day, 19.900 HUF for 4 days #fishingonorfu
VOLT 27-30. JUNE, SOPRON VOLT Festival is an annual four-day music festival held in Sopron. Established in 1993, VOLT attracts over 100,000 music fans every year. It is located in Sopron, close to the Austrian border, 60 kms from Vienna and 80 kms from Bratislava. It is a green festival, so you are asked collect your trash in a Green Festival Bag. Please note that Blue Frankish (= Kékfrankos, Blaufränkisch), Traminer, and Green Veltliner (= Zöld Veltelini, Grüner Veltliner) are well-known Sopron wines... Line-up: Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden, Hurts, Alan Walker, Limpbizkit Tickets: 12.990 HUF for a day, 51.990 HUF for 5 days #volt2018
not forget to pack your tanning lotions! Line-up: David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Dj Snake, Disciples, Vini vici, Jonas Blue Tickets: 14.000 HUF for a day, 57.900 HUF for 5 days #sound2018
SZIGET FESTIVAL 8-15. AUGUST, BUDAPEST The community of Sziget was founded 25 years ago based on the idea of creating a temporary “dream nation”, celebrating and sharing the best from cultures and peoples across the globe. The biggest festival of Eastern Europe takes up the whole island of Óbuda. Beyond the main stage 'Szitizens' can find lots of other events that give the festival a more varied feel indeed. The first names of 2018 include: Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher, Parov Stelar, Bastille, Gogol Bordello, Fink, Shame! Tickets: 20.900 HUF for a day, 89.000 HUF for a week #sziget2018
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