The Marymount University was established in 1950 as an independent Catholic institute. It offers numerous Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programmes to its students. The American university’s community is very diverse because the approximately 3600 students come from 70 different countries.
The partnership agreement was signed by the two universities with the aim of creating for their professors and researches an opportunity for mobility, joint researches, and partificipation in professional programs, primarily in the field of criminalistics and cybersecurity. One of the key contributor to this agreement was Réka Szemerkényi, the former ambassador of Hungary in Washington, who also attended the opening ceremony of the course.
On behalf of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector, Dr. Gábor Kovács welcomed the guests during the opening ceremony. The Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS highlighted that the U.S., as the most influential country, is leading the world in the field of forensic science as well. Therefore, the participants can learn not only the Hungariand and European processes, but - thanks to the cooperation between NUPS and the Marymount University - they can have an insight, how the experts of this field work oversea.
During the 4-day training, professors from the Marymount University introduce through theoritical and practical knowledge the forensic processes in the US using the latest, most modern, cutting-edge technology. On the first day, the participants were mainly introduced to basic legal principles. US law practice differs greatly from the situation in Hungary. It is necessary to understand know these differences in order to understand the cases correctly and to implement the best practices. During the other days of the course, the focus will be on practice regarding the investigations. In addition, to reveal and document the traces, the participants will be involved in ballistics as well. At the end of the course, the participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Between 27-29 of September 2017 a NUPS delegation [Dr. Judit Nagy Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Dr. Boglárka Koller Dean (Faculty of International and European Studies, FIES), Dr. János Bóka Vice-Dean (FIES), Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres Vice-Dean (Faculty of Science of Public Governance and Administration), Dr. Zoltán Szenes University Professor (FIES), Dr. Tamás Szemlér Associate Professor (FIES)], visited the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).
Our institutions have been actively cooperating in the last year that featured a visit by the Rector of NUPS in Moscow, and a presentation by Tamás Szemlér at the X RISA Conference. This May an MGIMO delegation visited NUPS, and in the framework of this visit the negotiating partners accepted an action plan for cooperation.
The cooperation between the Faculty of Political Science of MGIMO and FIES of NUPS started in the field of research and education of transregional relations, in this aspect the current visit was a significant milestone.
On 27 September, the delegation conducted negotiations with Dr. Vladimir Morozov Vice-Rector and Prof. Dr. Professor Alexei Vosskresenski (Dean of the Faculty of Political Science) about further cooperation and visited the University’s new building, the library, and the MGIMO museum. MGIMO is rightly proud of its high quality infrastructure, wide range of international relations and exceptional language teaching expertise.
On 28 and 29 September the delegation participated in the XI. Annual Congress of Russian International Studies Association (RISA, in Russian: RAMI), where different questions of the topic Imperial Dialectic: revolution versus continuity was discussed by 1100 participants, in 100 sections, of four fields. Each member of the Hungarian delegation participated in the international professional workshop named Transregionalism, regional integration models and regional project in Eurasia. Dr. Boglárka Koller, Dr. János Bóka, Dr. Tamás Szemlér held presentations, Dr. Boglárka Koller, Dr. Zoltán Szenes led a section, and the others were asked to participate as discussants. On the closing day Dr. Zoltán Szenes delivered a presentation in the Balkan section, and the delegation participated in the meeting organised by Valdai International Club discussing the topic of Eurasia in the 21st century.
On Friday’s final meeting, the parties agreed to continue and further enhance the cooperation. Consequently, the Russian experts are invited to participate at the conference organised by FIES on 21 November on the occasion of the Day of the Hungarian Diplomacy, and a joint volume will be prepared on the topic of transregionalism.
The journey ended with tangible results and it highlighted the significance of the study of the Eurasian Economic Union, further research on transregional relations and the importance of Russian language as an important regional and global vehicle for communication.