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Ongoing Progress has Brought a Prestigious Award to the SZTE International Office for Full time Scholarship Programmes

The title of International Coordinator of the Year 2022 was also awarded at the 1st Stipendium Hungaricum and Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme Coordinators' Meeting organised by the Tempus Public Foundation in Székesfehérvár. At the prestigious event, Dr. Leona Kovács-Jerney, Head of the International Office for Full time Scholarship Programmes of the Directorate for International Affairs and Public Relations, University of Szeged, was awarded the title of International Coordinator of the year.

The Tempus Public Foundation and the Study in Hungary Directorate, responsible for the implementation of scholarship programmes, organised a new event in Székesfehérvár for the participants involved in the implementation of scholarship programmes, especially institutional coordinators, to facilitate the networking of colleagues. The aim of the 1st Stipendium Hungaricum and Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme Coordinators' Meeting was to create an opportunity for institutional networking.


One of the keys to the successful implementation of the Stipendium Hungaricum and Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme is for participants to share their experiences and academic good practice.

The 2022 International Coordinator and the institution he/she represents were honoured at the event's gala dinner. The award is always given to an institution with a high level of coordinating activity. The award is also based on the students' assessment of the international office's operations, services and student satisfaction with the institution.


In awarding this prestigious prize, it was important to the Foundation that the award should be given to an institution that has achieved consistently good results over the past years.


In light of this, it is even more significant that Dr Leona Kovács-Jerney, Head of the International Office for Full time Scholarship Programmes, University of Szeged, won the International Coordinator Award.


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At the award ceremony, Gábor Dobos, Director of Study in Hungary, said that "Leona has been a long-standing member of the University of Szeged, where she has gained a lot of experience in the field of international student advocacy as the head of ESN and as the head of the International Office for Full time Scholarship Programmes. Her empathic skills and excellent relationship with international students have led to her being awarded this year as the Coordinator of the Year 2022.


The Director of Study in Hungary also added that working with the staff of the International Office of the University of Szeged, he has a very helpful and cheerful team to work with, which has contributed to the efficient and successful cooperation between TPF and SZTE. In addition, it has improved its results every year, with a continuous and significant increase in the number of scholarship holders who have expressed their opinions.


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- "It is a great honour that SZTE has brought the award this year. In 2019, the staff of the International Mobility Office was honoured by the TPF. I believe that this is one of the greatest awards I could receive in my profession and I know that without the enthusiastic and persistent work of my team, this would not have been possible." Said Dr. Leona Kovács-Jerney about the award.

SZTE Experience

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.

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Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."

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