Prof. Dr. András Patyi Rector, Dr. Norbert Kis Vice-Rector responsible for international affairs and Dr. Gábor Boldizsár Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training have been conducting negotiations about student and staff mobility programmes as well as joint conferences with the leaders of the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tel-Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
The effectiveness of the discussions is already proved by the fact that the draft version of the co-operation agreement with the University of Haifa had already been prepared during the stay of the delegation. There exchange of professors and joint organisation of conferences will hopefully start next autumn.
According to András Patyi, the delegation received a friendly, open-minded welcome from the Israeli institutions with strong determination regarding the future co-operation that reflected the far-reaching work of the Hungarian University ranging from military sciences through law enforcement, political sciences, European and international studies to public administration covering all fields of public service.
“The aim of the National University of Public Service is to educate politically neutral and tolerant public leaders. The process could be facilitated if students got the possibility to know how Israeli scientists think about global affairs, the Middle East area, local conflicts, get familiar with their experiences on public management and their views on minority rights and rights of religion. It is important to raise awareness in students that Israel is not equivalent to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is rather a culturally and economically prosperous country with a unique history” – András Patyi said.
Translation of MTI article
Photo: University of Haifa