The 3rd institutional-level Welcome Day was held at the University of Sopron on 12th September 2018. 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 and 3rd year at our university were given a warm welcome.
After watching the cheerful video HAPPY (WE ARE FROM SOPRON), Márta Sándor, Senior International Officer, introduced the speakers: international coordinators working at the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and International Relations and faculty international coordinators. Following this, Dr. Tibor Alpár, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, gave a welcome speech. As members of the Ürmös Dance Group, scheduled to give a surprise performance, had to return to their classes, a decision was made to have the break earlier than usual. A number of colleagues representing the university faculties – senior lecturer Dr. Borbála Gálos (Faculty of Forestry) and vice-deans for international relations, Dr. Tamás Czeglédy (Faculty of Economics), Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki (Faculty of Pedagogy) and Dr. Miklós Bak (Faculty of Engineering, Wood Sciences and Applied Arts) – gave their presentations after the folkdance performance. Finally, András Somos, a graduate student working part-time at our office, shared his thoughts about Selmec traditions and student life. Wearing a walden, our student uniform, he demonstrated pride in our university and he offered international students his assistance in collecting living memories with regard to student traditions.
At the end of the programme, the students introduced themselves, and we discussed the dates of further international programmes and the start of the basic-level Hungarian language course. 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.
We are proud that 32 Stipendium Hungaricum, and 21 Erasmus+ students have chosen our university for the autumn semester, and look forward to welcoming 13 CEEPUS students later on in the 2018/2019 academic year.
Written by Barbara Lakatos & Márta Sándor