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Department of Tourism in Italy


This year the Department of Tourism visited the beautiful Northern-Italy. The 4-day-trip was organised by – as usual – András Jancsik and more than 50 people were eager to see the area the program offered. We visited Verona, the area of Lake Garda and at last but not least the peculiar Venice.

The first day we headed to the romantic city of Verona and even though the faces were not as romantic (after the night spent on the bus) to fit the scenery, we were deeply engaged by the charm of the city. With the lead of the dean, who this time took the role of tour-guide, we saw the Arena of Verona, the thirds greatest amphitheatres of Italy, where famous operas are held yearly; we admired the lovely river surrounding Verona’s fortress and we also tried to figure out how Romeo climbed up to Julia, when visiting her balcony at the well known scene of Shakespeare’s world famous piece (we must admit, Romeo must have been a super guy, because we did not find any way to climb up on those walls!). After the sightseeing tour, everyone headed to one of the many pizzerias or ice cream bars, to get the first impression of the Italian gastronomy. This momentum lasted nearly during the whole trip as you could always see a few members of our group eating ice-cream at the free-time period.

Second day, we went to see the beautiful Lake Garda. Our first destination was Sirmione, where we visited the fortress of Sirmione, offering a beautiful view over the lake (which looks rather like a see). Along the road we stopped at many romantic towns like Salo, Riva del Garda, Malcesine. We took the direction towards the tunnels, which we observed cautiously: we just fit into it with our large double-decker bus. It was fun up until a truck appeared suddenly opposite us, approaching with fairly high speed. We stopped just on time and had to head backwards out of the tunnel as we proved to be too wide to pass. We ended up turning at the very narrow, tight serpentine path, while the whole bus was giving way to their despairs, whether our lives were going to end as catastrophe tourism or we would survive with the simple experience of adventure tourism. By the end of the trip, everyone developed tunnel phobia.

On the third day, we visited small towns in the Veneto region. We went to Cittadella, where we saw the remains of the wall built in the middle ages, the atmospherical Bassano del Grappa and lastly the citadel of renaissance, Vicenza.

The last day was what everyone waited the most: we visited Venice. The city of lagoon offered a great program: we sailed through the Canal Grande and we got off at St. Mark Square. In the one hour free time program we had time to see the St. Mark’s Basilica, some of us clambered up at the tower at St. Mark’s Square and others took a chance to feed the pigeons, which is cannot be missed, when you are in Venice!

With the lead of our tour-guide, we spent one hour with walking among the intimate, unique alleys of the city, always reaching beautiful buildings, temples and bridges hiding from the mass of tourists.

For one last time, everyone took their chance to taste the original Italian pizza: we flooded one of the many restaurants (yes, the waitress was shocked when we entered) and tried to enjoy their food till the very last bits. After “dinner”, everyone rushed away to see as much from Venice by night as possible.

We left Italy with many reminiscences and I am sure, everyone enjoyed the „taste” these four days left in us about Italy. Most of us said that they will definitely return to the country one day.

International Day at the Faculty

International DayThe Faculty of Economics organised its first International Day on 17 March. The aim of the programme was to provide the students with information on the Erasmus scholarship opportunities and the courses, programmes offered in a foreign language by the faculty.

The Erasmus students studying at the university also took part in the International Day and gave an introductory presentation on their countries. Among the programmes the interested could find presentations from Thad Usowicz, Fulbright Professor at the faculty; from the representative of the Uni of Applied Sciences of Bremen and they could get useful info about the international Internship opportunities to the USA.

The programme was coloured by belly dance, hip-hop and salsa performances and the participants could have a taste of different nations’ cuisine.

The World Traveller’s Club was also part of this event when the dean of the faculty, Andras Jancsik gave an account of his spectacular trip to Brazil. The day was finished with an international party at the students’ centre.
 Hope to see you there again next year! 🙂

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Dr. Candy Fresacher at our Faculty

Candy FreasacherDr. Candy Fresacher  is giving lectures on Improving Management Communication Skills at the Faculty of Economics 8-11 March, 2010.
Dr. Fresacher is the new Chair of TEA and has been on the Board for the last two years. In 2007 she became editor of the ELT News and organized the 15th TEA Summer School in August 2008. As an American living in Vienna for over 30 years and as someone versed in both business and teaching, she has over 20 years of experience in the vocational college classroom as well as the same amount of experience in offices, including the UN and working for an American tour operator.
She conducts seminars in Emotional Intelligence, Time and Stress Management in Austria for the PH and the UN, in Europe for ECIS and in Asia for EARCOS among others. She also teaches at the Werbe Akademie in Vienna. For the past six years, together with an Austrian business partner, she manages her own company which assists commercial enterprises in various fields of communication and tourism. You can find out more about her by going to her website:

John E. Parkerson, Professor of Clayton State University

John E. Parkerson az óránJohn E. Parkerson, Professor of Clayton State University arrived from Georgia, United States of America to the University of Pannonia, Hungary, where he held very useful and interesting lectures of Business Simulation course. Mr. Parkerson – who represents Hungary as the honorary consul in the southern states of United States of America – helped us deepen the curriculum by sharing his own experiences, which made his lectures very enjoyable.

Being a well-known and experienced businessman, he told a lot about his own experiences and introduced several American cases, which did not reach Hungary, or simply were not mentioned by the Hungarian media, enriching our professional knowledge. Besides improving our language knowledge, he was eager to present the nowadays business life and etiquette in practice, entertaining us with several jokes and quips.

At the lectures, he urged to build up less strict and less bound relationship between himself and the students. His thoughtful, understanding and captivating personality will always remain an example for us: even in this rushing, business-oriented world, building up personal relationships and contact is still really important. His clothing mirrored his informal, accommodating personality:  though he always appeared in tie and smoking, at the second lecture his tie was already loosened and by the third, he even took his smoking off. At the beginning of class on Monday, he showed us some of his pictures taken at the weekend, presenting what he had spent his free time with, showing us Hungary from his point of view, which comes handy for us to see how foreigners see and judge Hungary.

We learned a lot at his lectures, and through his “tales”, we came to realize, how much he is recognized by professionals and what a great knowledge he possess.

I encourage those, who are interested in Delta Airlines, to take his courses, because you get easily familiar with the structure of the whole company, thanks to his case studies, and stories.

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