Fulbright Hungary visit to Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky

Written by Fulbright on 12/09/2019. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary considers it a priority to visit US campuses, look up alumni, meet campus advisors, as well as to inform potential applicants interested in Hungary and the Central European region.

Fulbright Hungary co-sponsored the annual meeting of the Fulbright Association in Washington in October, 2019. We hosted the kick-off reception at Marymount University on the first day of the conference.

Fulbright Hungary visit to Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky

After the Fulbright Association and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, ED Károly Jókay visited the University of Virginia, West Virginia University, Marshall University (WV) and the University of Kentucky in late October, 2019.

Fulbright Hungary visit to Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky

The international directors, deans in charge of study abroad and foreign students, as well as key alumni acted as hosts. Jókay met with Fulbright alumni of Hungary and other programs, with faculty and students interested in Fulbright grants in general and in some cases specifically Hungary or Central Europe. Each university offers programs and specializations that are of interest to future Hungarian scholars and students.

Fulbright Hungary visit to Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky

Fulbright Hungary looks forward to receiving applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year from the communities of scholars and students at these institutions. We will certainly encourage our Hungarian applicants to consider these US hosts in their applications.

Chargé d’affaires Marc Dillard visits Fulbright Office

Written by Fulbright on 11/12/2019. Posted in News

Chargé d'affaires Marc Dillard visits Fulbright Office (Nov. 12, 2019)

Fulbright Hungary was honored to host Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Dillard, Cultural Affairs Officer and Fulbright Hungary Board Member Lauren A. Perlaza and Public Affairs Assistant Katalin Bíró today at our offices. Our guests visited the EducationUSA advising office, and spoke with all program officers and staff members about their roles in keeping Fulbright running. Mr. Dillard was then briefed by Executive Director Károly Jókay on key aspects of our program such as grantee numbers, geographic and topical diversity, as well as plans for upcoming academic years.

Chargé d'affaires Marc Dillard visits Fulbright Office (Nov. 12, 2019)

Breaking Down Walls, Building the Future Conference

Written by Fulbright on 10/21/2019. Posted in News

The U.S. Embassy in Hungary and Fulbright Hungary organized a conference at ELTE Faculty of Law Aula Magna titled “Breaking Down Walls, Building the Future” dedicated to commemorating the 30th anniversary of regime change in Hungary on October 17th, 2019

Plenary Session
Opening remarks: U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein

Introducing the Speakers: Tibor Frank, Professor Emeritus, ELTE
Full Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Chair of the Fulbright Board, Fulbright alum

Keynote Speech on Political Change: “The View from Szabadság tér”
Donald Kursch, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest in 1989

Keynote Speech on Economic Change: “Hungary Rejoins the Community of Market Economies”
Péter Ákos Bod, Professor of Economics, Corvinus University, Former Minister of Industry and Trade, Former Governor of the National Bank of Hungary

Thematic Panels
1. Parting the Iron Curtain
“What happened to the Iron Curtain?”

László Vass, Fulbright alum, Secretary to Imre Pozsgay in 1989
Rector Emeritus, Metropolitan University Budapest

Gábor Turi, Fulbright alum, Journalist, Debrecen organizer of the Pan-European Picnic
Former Director, Center for External Relations, University of Debrecen

Comments: Anna Péczeli, Fulbright alumna, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University

2. From Underground to Protest to Commercialization: Musics and the Arts

“Cult Films and Political Change”
András Réz, Art Director, Werk Academy Art School

“Music as Rebellion”
Tamás Nyirkos, Senior Lecturer, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Institute of International Studies and Political Science

Comments: Tibor Glant, Fulbright alum, University of Debrecen, Institute of English and American Studies

Musical Interlude: American Jazz by Gábor Turi, Fulbright alum, jazz historian

3. Studying America or Studying in America?

“Hungary Pre-1990: Chicken Factory Reproduces, No Credit Class, Phone Tapped”
Donald Morse, Fulbright alum, First Elected Chair on Fulbright Board, Professor of US literature at University of Debrecen, Emeritus Professor,
Oakland University

“American studies/studying in America”
Réka Cristian, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, Institute of English & American Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of

Comments: Mirjam Donáth, Fulbright alumna in Journalism, Columbia University

4. Closing Session, Summary Remarks
Wrap-up comments: Jessica Storey-Nagy, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Student, Indiana University
Closing Remarks by Károly Jókay, Executiv Director

On the next day, October 18, 2019 participants of the conference visited Sopron. First they visited the Mayor’s Office, where the group was welcome by the newly elected Mayor, Ciprián Farkas.

Donald Kursch also shared his thoughs about the city’s important role in the events of 1989. He met students of the University of Sopron while the group was doing a short sightseeing tour in the historical center of the town. In the afternoon participants visited the Pan-European Picnic Memorial Park. László Nagy, eye-witness of the opening of the border between Austria and Hungary and Secretary of the Pan-European Picnic Foundation and László Vass, Secretary to Imre Pozsgay in 1989 gave a short talk remembering of what happened on August 19, 1989. After that participants did a quiz in small groups about what they learnt during the conference and the field trip. They worked enthusiastically on the task. This was a great way to conclude the program.

Selection of Hungarian student grantees AY 2020-2021

Written by Fulbright on 10/15/2019. Posted in News

Selection of Hungarian student grantees AY 2020-2021

The Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the selection of 13 Hungarian students and the nomination of 3 Humphrey candidates for Academic Year 2020-21. Many thanks to 56 peer reviewers (almost all HU and US alumni) who evaluated 57 student and 8 Humphrey applications of the 63 and 8 received.

We conducted 51 interviews during July, 2019, and this led to the selection of 13 student Fulbrighters and 3 Humphrey nominees for 2020-21. Of those 13, 10 will being doing research as Visiting Student Researchers (VSR) and three will seek admission to degree-granting programs.

Five of our Board members, 6 alumni and 4 friends of Fulbright helped us with the 20 minute long interviews.

We are very proud that the applicants reflected 32 distinct academic fields, and those selected each represent a distinct academic field.

The Hungarian scholar deadline for AY 2020-21 was October 10th, and we received a near record-breaking number of applications from Hungarian lecturers and reseachers.

All of this, of course, is with the help of our US and Hungarian alumni community. Thank you again.

Marymount University President Irma Becerra Hosted by Fulbright Hungary

Written by Fulbright on 10/07/2019. Posted in News

From left to right:  Stefan Fedor, Professor Miklós Lévay, Professor Katalin Nagy, Professor Stephanie Foster, Károly Jókay, President Irma Becerra, Victoria Tsang, Mrs. Erika Fedor (not pictured, Andrea Tóth)

Marymount University President Irma Becerra, Trustee Stefan Fedor and his wife Erika, as well as Professor Stephanie Foster were hosted by Fulbright Hungary Executive Director Károly Jókay on September 27th, 2019.

The delegation from Marymount visited a set of partner universities and institutions during their sojourn. Fulbright Hungary and Marymount University have a cooperation agreement, and the first Fulbright scholar from Hungary arrived at Marymount in August, 2019.

President Becerra met a select group of Fulbright Hungary alumni representing many academic fields. Juvenile justice (Professor Miklós Lévay, ELTE Law School), dentistry (Professor Katalin Nagy, University of Szeged), intellectual property law (Dr. Andrea Tóth, Hungarian Intellectual Property Office) and one active US student English Teaching Assistant, Ms. Victoria Tsang, who is working in our EducationUSA advising office and hails from Baruch College.

We hope Marymount University will send us their best student and scholar applicants, and Fulbright Hungary will certainly recommend Marymount to those Hungarians interested in Fulbright grants.

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Together We Dream: Roma in Eastern Hungary

Written by Fulbright on 06/06/2019. Posted in News

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Together We Dream: Roma in Eastern Hungary

This book is a culmination of nine months of work with the Real Pearl Foundation (Igazgyöngy Alapítvány), during which Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Larissa Peltola ’18 interacted and conducted interviews with the community members of Told and Berettyóújfalu, Hungary

“The goal of this book is to explore the beauty of Roma identities in Eastern Hungary through interviews with Roma speaking on their own terms about their lives, the challenges they face and the dreams that they hold for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country. Through this book, I hope that each reader will be inspired to support Roma causes in Europe, challenge and question pre-conceived notions of the Roma, and celebrate the beauty of their communities, as well as our shared and collective identity as human beings. I hope that we can all embrace the fact that, as human beings, we have more to connect us than to divide us.”

Fulbright Hungary is proud of its Roma English Teaching Assistant projects:

and hopes to expand and continue collaboration with the Roma Residential Colleges and other foundations throughout Hungary in upcoming academic years.

To view the booklet, see issuu.com/fulbrighthungary/docs/together_we_dream_roma_in_eastern_h

To download the booklet, see www.fulbright.hu/doc/Together_We_Dream_Roma_in_Eastern_Hungary.pdf

Brownbag to Debrecen and Hortobágy National Park in April, 2019

Written by Fulbright on 04/18/2019. Posted in News

Brownbag to Debrecen and Hortobágy National Park (April, 2019)

One of our grantees’ favorite activities in Hungary is going on brown bag excursions in Budapest and to spots all over Hungary.

A good group of our student and scholar grantees travelled to Debrecen and the Hortobágy National Park in early April. Despite the less than perfect weather, our group showed good cheer and started the tour by stopping by at the University of Debrecen and its numerous Fulbright alumni commmunity. They were greeted by Fulbrighter, former board chair and former Rector Professor Zoltán Abádi-Nagy and Fulbrighters Professors Tibor Glant and Péter Csató.

Later on that day, we saw the Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen (est. 1538), the Great Calvinist Church, as well as the Déry Museum with its three monumental Munkácsy paintings of the trial, convinction and cruxifiction of Jesus. The next day the group endured wind and bumpy roads to see the stud farm, hairy sheep, and the safari park in the Hortobágy National Park. These challenges were smoothed over with a hearty meal in the csárda (inn) by the bridge with 9 arches before the quiet journey home.

Fulbright Hungary Tours 4 US Campuses in March, 2019

Written by Fulbright on 04/02/2019. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary firmly believes that visiting US campuses, especially those that have our alumni in place, or those that have not sent students or scholars to Hungary in a while or ever, deserve our time and effort.

Following up on a trip in October-November 2018 (University of South Florida, Auburn University, University of Georgia and University of South Carolina Upstate), Executive Director Károly Jókay visited 4 campuses this March. The purposes of these visits included: meeting Fulbright Hungary alumni, discussing opportunties in Hungary and the rest of the V4+2 region (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania) with faculty advisors and internationalization officers, holding public lectures targeting student and faculty recruitment to our region, and finally, exploring opportunities for collaboration such as cost-sharing agreements and other events in Hungary for visiting US university people.

Wheaton College

Professor David van Dyke (’18 Eszterházy Károly University) hosted Károly at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois). David is working on joint projects with Semmelweis University, including a dual degree in family and marriage therapy. We expect that David will be a frequent return visitor to Hungary, and that some of his students and colleagues will be in our applicant pool soon.

The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana is best known as Károly’s alma mater where he earned his MA and PhD in Political Science almost 30 years ago. As a top producer of both in-bound and out-bound Fulbright students and scholars, U of Illinois has not been present in the Fulbright Hungary program. We were able to clarify our selection criteria, and offer a detailed explanation of the type of specialized grants we offer. Meeting with potential student and scholar applicants, as well doing an all-campus talk on V4+2 programs, will produce benefits down the road.

Marymount University

Marymount University is hosting its first Fulbright scholar in living memory in AY 2020-21, and she is a Fulbright Hungary grantee. ED Jókay attended the formal inauguration of President Irma Becerra. Many Marymount faculty expressed an interest in applying for a grant in Hungary, and President Becerra announced in her inaugural speech that raising Marymount’s Fulbright program participation is one of her key priorities (Momentum: Strategic Plan 2019-2024). Fulbright Hungary’s newest partner Széchenyi István University was also present at the inauguration, and ED Jókay had the pleasure of taking part in a ceremony at which Marymount and Széchenyi signed a cooperation agreement.

Jókay’s final stop was the University of Pittsburgh and its Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Associate Director of REEES Zsuzsánna Magdó and the Honors College arranged for a day of 9+ meetings that included: the Hungarian Program, area studies programs, Scholarship mentors from the Honors College, the Center for Legal Education, Global Engagement, Center for International Studies and Study Abroad, and finally the Fulbright Association of Greater Pittsburgh. A general presentation on V4+2 opportunities had about 25 student and faculty audience members, and it seems that UPitt faculty and students will visit Fulbright Hungary on their next research foray.

University of Pittsburgh

Fulbright Hungary tours NY, FL, AL, SC, GA, VA, Alumni Present at HMAA Conference in Sarasota

Written by Fulbright on 12/20/2018. Posted in News

50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hungarian Medical Association of America

Fulbright Hungary Executive Director Károly Jókay went on a tour of current and potential Fulbright partners, visited alumni, took part in events organized by Fulbright alumni and had discussions with counterparts at IIE and the State Department in November

His tour started in New York, with a visit to IIE, City University and Columbia, and a pleasant evening with the Hungarian Information Exchange organized by alumni: Imre Varjú (’16 Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School) and Zsuzsanna Gedeon (’14 NYU). After New York, he ended up on Sarasota at the 50th meeting of the American Hungarian Medical Association (HMAA), where 8 alumni, both Americans and Hungarians, reported on their research and Fulbright experience.

Following Sarasota, ED Jókay visited the University of South Florida (USF) where he addressed the Central Florida Fulbright Association and spent a day and a half on campus talking to students and faculty. Later that week, he ended up at Auburn University in Alabama, where he was hosted by alum James Long for a day of meetings with students and faculty. The following week he went to the University of Georgia to spread the word on Fulbright Hungary and a day later found himself in Greenville/Spartanburg at the University of South Carolina Upstate campus, where the 2018 summer capacity building tour alum Alex Akulli showed him around and continued to build relationship. To close off those busy two weeks, in Washington ED Jókay visited Marymount University, met with alumni, attended the Spanish Commission’s 70th Anniversary reception and advocated for Fulbright with State Department colleagues.

Visit to the Bakony Mountains

Written by Fulbright on 11/20/2018. Posted in News

Visit to the Bakony Mountains

The Commission organized a visit to the Bakony Mountains for U.S. Fulbright grantees on October 5-6, 2018. The group visited the University of Pannonia hosted by Szilárd Szentgyörgyi (’15 Nazareth College) and the American Corner in Veszprém; the Cistercian Abbey of Zirc and the Pannon Observatory in Bakonybél. The next day the tour continued in Pápa at the Kékfestő (Blue-dyeing) Museum, the High School of the Reformed Church and Pannonia Reformata Museum followed by a visit to the Esterházy Mansion.

Visit to the Bakony Mountains