Focus on alumni: Zoltán Illés

Written by Fulbright on 07/21/2010. Posted in News

Illés ZoltánZoltán Illés, State Secretary for Environmental Affairs reflects fondly on his Humphrey Experience

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship was a particular, life long experience with several positive effects on my personal and professional development. From among the many, I would like to mention three very important positive component of the program.

Being a Humphrey fellow meant to be a member of an international group of highly qualified people from all over the world. It gave us the possibility to earn a quite diverse view of the world; we had the chance to live, work, study in a multicultural environment, to experience different ways of thinking. Besides learning a lot from our professors and professional partners, we learnt a lot from each other, too.

The program was quite flexible professionally, applicable to personal needs and opened all doors. We received all assistance in arranging our professional activities and in applying possibilities offered to our personal needs.

The Humphrey Program has a high prestige in the U.S. and all over the world. Being a Humphrey Fellow gives a magic password. It’s a life long experience, it means being a member of an elite club – which brings devotion, too. As a Humphrey Fellow, I experienced a lot of help and now as a Humphrey Alumni I am devoted to provide help and assistance to future fellows, to the Fulbright Program.