The 4th institutional-level Welcome Day was held at the University of Sopron on 2nd October 2019. All of our international students, including Erasmus+ students who had arrived for the fall semester together with the Stipendium Hungaricum students, both freshmen, and those who had already started their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year at our university were given a warm welcome.
After watching the cheerful video “Happy” (We are from Sopron) and listening to the Gaudeamus Igitur, the traditional academic song, Márta Sándor, Senior International Officer, introduced the colleagues attending the event. Following this, Dr. Tibor L. Alpár, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, gave a welcome speech.
Our first presenter at the event was R. Allan Allday, Associate Professor at Kentucky University and U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy, who had an inspiring introduction about his home university and the Fulbright Program.
After the surprise folkdance performance of the Ürmös Dance Group, we had some snacks and drinks while chatting with each other. Returning from the break, a number of colleagues representing the faculties – Dr. Borbála Pájer-Gálos (Senior Lecturer; Faculty of Forestry), Dr. Tamás Czeglédy (Dean; Faculty of Economics), Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki (Vice-Dean for International Relations; Faculty of Pedagogy) and Dr. Miklós Bak (Vice-Dean for International Relations; Faculty of Engineering, Wood Sciences and Applied Arts) – gave their presentations.
Finally, we had three student presenters. Jenő Káli, a mentor student at the Faculty of Forestry, shared his thoughts about Selmec traditions and student life while wearing a walden, which is our students’ uniform. He also invited our international students to take part in the Selmec traditions like “nótaestek” (evenings of singing). Thanks to Rosita Widjojo, our Indonesian Stipendium Hungaricum doctoral student and Charu Agarwal (PhD), our first Stipendium Hungaricum alumna from India, the programme was finished with a surprise session on shadow puppets of Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia.
At the end of the programme, the students had the chance to discover Ligneum Visitors’ Centre, and the Photo Exhibition “Life of Campus Mundi Scholarship Holders”.
It was a pleasure to demonstrate Hungarian hospitality in a real life situation and, in this regard, we were glad that some Hungarian students also joined us. We count on them as mentors helping with the integration of foreign students.
Written by Barbara Lakatos & Márta Sándor