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WrocLOVE – Erasmus Experience in Poland

Photo by Iván Varga

Photo by Iván Varga

Being an Erasmus Student in Wrocław will be always important part of my life. I spent few amazing months in the fourth largest and economically the second strongest city of Poland.
One of my first experiences with Polish people is that they are very helpful and you can always ask them the direction. The older generations can speak Russian and sometimes French. The Polish youth speaks English better than Hungarian youth (one of reasons is the subtitled movies). They rather use garlic than paprika and they believe that bloody sausage and meat with cabbage (Hungarian: “székelykáposzta”; Polish: “bigos”) are typical Polish dishes.
90% of the population is catholic (only Vatican and small Malta are more catholic countries). The religion has many influences to their historical belief. In Easter time everything is closed – even in Wrocław, the dynamical city becomes “a ghost town”.
The Wrocław University of Economics organized for Erasmus students philharmonic concert, jazz concert, opera, museum visit and visit of botanical garden (everything for free). We were from many different countries: Spain, Turkey, Afghanistan, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Romania and Portugal.
In this international society Klaudia Ohr and I represented of University of Pannonia.
I have never lived before in such a luxury like there (I had own kitchen and own bathroom). But always when I was looking trough the window I remembered the Castle Dormitory, that baroque building in the green hearth of Veszprém…
My roommate was a Turkish guy, called Çağrı. With him and his Turkish and Afghan friends I was drinking tea and talking about culture, economics, global happenings and religion. They were real intellectuals. In another company were youth from France, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Italy, Poland and Cyprus. I went with them to parties, sightseeing and playing bowling which were parts of life such as visiting the lectures. Behind the dormitory I could swim in the pool etc. etc.
All roads lead to Rome. All roads lead from Wrocław. Me and my new friends organized trips around Poland and in other countries. Every trip does worth a new article.
It was a dream. I visited so many places, I tried so many things, I watched so many Polish movies and read so many Polish books, I learned so much about Polish culture. Still, I can say everything was just a small part of this wonderful country.
If you would like to hear more details and see photos, come to my presentation at Faculty of Business and Economics on 7th of November. Further information are coming soon.

Written by Ivan Varga

Photo by Iván Varga

Photo by Iván Varga

Hungary Training

Photo by Mónika Hidvégi

Photo by Mónika Hidvégi

On the 19th of September a new tradition has got started by the International Centre of the Faculty of Business and Economics and the International Student Relations Office – the first ‘Hungary Training’ for the international students in the university. The main idea of the presentation afternoon

was to give some information for the freshmen about Hungary, Veszprém and the university. They got useful information about the most important topics related to their studies such as the Neptun system or the Code of Studies and Exams in addition to the general information. Of course the leisure activ ities have been presented as well. Between the presentations some icebreaker games made cheer. At the end of the training all international students were given Hungarian names.

Photo by Mónika Hidvégi

Photo by Mónika Hidvégi

International Students at the University

Photo by Dorina Hilcz

Photo by Dorina Hilcz

The international students of this semester have arrived to the University of Pannonia. Many of them participate in the well-known ERASMUS program but there are also full time students in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programme. The university has students from the Czech Republic, France, Cameroon, Poland, Italy, Romania, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. We are proud that they are with us, since this way we can learn each other a lot.

How? Obviously, while talking and working together with them in classes our language knowledge develops a lot and we can learn how to co-operate effectively with international team members. We can get to know new and different cultures, point of views and ways of lives without leaving Veszprém. It is also very important that we can build international relationships. We all know that the development of our competencies and building social capital are very important in addition to the actual knowledge. That is (also) what the university years are about.

Jumped Into Statistics

Photo by Csaba Hegedűs

Photo by Csaba Hegedűs

The Faculty of Business and Economics jumped…. and bought the school license of JMP from SAS.

On the 4th October Dr. Volker Kraft, JMP Academic Ambassador from Germany, held a ‘Train-the-Trainer’ seminar introducing JMP statistical software (pronounced as ‘jump’) from SAS. The lecturers of the Faculty of Business and Economics got familiar with this new tool and learnt the basics, while were also provided with useful tips and tricks.

In 1989, the first version of JMP was developed for Macs in the USA by John Sall, co-founder and Executive VP of SAS Institute, who initially called the programme ‘John’s Macintosh Project’. As the software became more and more detailed and got easier and easier to use, SAS Marketing decided to keep the original abbreviation (JMP) which now refers to the feeling of a light jump (“idea of a lively product that jumped responsively to the user’s wishes”). According to Dr. Kraft the most significant competitive advantage of JMP is that it is easy to use and powerful at the same time. The software is not limited to statisticians; also less technical students can easily ‘jump’ into statistical discovery as the software is interactive and visual.

The Faculty of Business and Economics and SAS are planning to follow up this initial workshop with several joint projects, so Dr. Kraft will have the opportunity to come back and deliver more topic focused workshops in the future.

International Week (24-28.09.2012)

Poster by Péter Volf

Poster by Péter Volf

September is the time of the International Week! Fourth time has the Faculty of Business and Economics organised the International Week which is one of the semester opening events. During this week students participate in many professional and entertaining programs.

The two main pillars of the professional programs this year were the “Challenges and Promises in International Business” conference and the special lectures that were held within regular classes. The main topic of the conference presented best practices in intercultural communication, finance, strategy, logistics and network design.

Presenting lecturers were many well-known professors, such as Alt Monika Anetta (Universitatea Babes – Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca), Vincenzo Vespri (Universtà degly Studi di Firenze), Taha Bahadir Sarac (Nidge University) and of course our regular visiting lecturers: Candy Fresacher from Austria, Hans-Christian Pfohl from Germany and Nicholas Chandler from the UK. The Faculty’s host presenters were Dr. Lajos Szabó, Dr. Gyula Vastag and Dr. Alan Clarke.

The International Week offered colourful programmes to bring closer international topics. Students could take part in intercultural communication training by AIESEC, take an adventurous ERASMUS journey in Poland with Iván Varga, taste the flavours of a Summer School in Ankara with BEST and receive interesting information about Human Rights through a non-formal education game presented by Márk Szalma. Of course the traditional World Travellers’ Club took part as well. This time Csilla Zelkó guided the audience to the world of Ethiopia.

The International Party – the new program this year – was organised on Tuesday night with the co-operation of DC club where an international themed party awaited the students.

As a closing of this eventful week, on Saturday our international students offered samples of their own national food for the citizens of Veszprém in the downtown.

Photo Exhibition – Six Continents World Landscapes

Even the zebras are interested! Photo by Candy Fresacher

Even the zebras are interested! Photo by Candy Fresacher

Five pictures of each of six continents from travelling over a period of ten years are on display

Travel to every continent except the Antarctic to see landscapes from the abstract and small to those showing wide open spaces.  Predominant colors:  blues, browns and greens – the pallet of nature.  From the Baobab Bunch to the Lone Island, pictures from Tanzania to the Philippines may give you a different perspective of far-off countries.

A Photo Exhibition by Candy Fresacher

From September 26 till October 10

at the Corridor Gallery Building A 1 floor

World Travellers’ Club- Tanzanian Safari

tanzanian safariIn Swahili “safari” means a journey.  So come and take a journey with us to Tanzania to see the animals and scenery of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and three other national parks of the north.

The most important part of a safari is to see the African Big Five:  lions, leopards, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephants.  But there are plenty of other animals and birds, plants, lakes, streams, mountains and grass to open your eyes and ears to the stories they have to tell.  And it is their story: you – the human being – are just an observer, someone trying to patch together the tales you see into the fabrics that make up the circle of life.

Come and enjoy the sights, see if you can find the animals in the scenery and come up with some stories of your own.

Presented by Candy Fresacher

7 pm, October 10, 2012

World Travellers’ Club

Central Dorm (Központi Kollégium, Egyetem Street 10)

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