New Agreement Expands Educational Ties Between Indiana And Hungary
Governor Eric J. Holcomb welcomed Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó to his office today to sign a cooperative agreement in support of a partnership between the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary.
“This new collaboration between Notre Dame and Pázmány Péter is one more way we’re connecting Indiana with the global economy and bringing the world back home to Indiana,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These are exactly the kinds of partnerships that will create more opportunities for business investment down the road.”
This planned partnership between the two Catholic universities expands the informal relationship the institutions have had for several years. As part of their work, Notre Dame’s College of Engineering will help develop new technology faculty and Ph.D. programs in chemical and mechanical engineering at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest—while select courses from Pázmány Péter will be made available to students at Notre Dame.
The proposed educational partnership announced today builds upon work accomplished during Gov. Holcomb’s trade mission to Hungary in June 2017, where the governor and Minister Szijjártó committed to developing and strengthening economic cooperation in the areas of life sciences, water management, automotive, tourism and more.
The details of this cooperative agreement were finalized earlier this year, and the collaboration is expected to launch in 2019.
Gov. Holcomb and Minister Szijjártó sign a cooperative agreement in support of an educational partnership between Notre Dame and Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
Gov. Holcomb meets with Minister Szijjártó prior to signing the cooperative agreement.
Pictured left to right: Skip Clark III (Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, Allison Transmission), Ashley Eason (Vice President of Programs and Services, International Center), Ferenc Fiedler (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary), Teresa Lubbers (Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education), Péter Szijjártó (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary), Eric Holcomb (Governor of Indiana), Jim Schellinger (Indiana Secretary of Commerce), Gábor Csaba (Deputy State Secretary for European and American Affairs, Hungary), Dr. Mark McCready (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Notre Dame), Doris Anne Sadler (President, World Trade Center Indianapolis), Zita Bensik (General Counsel to Minister Szijjártó, Hungary), István Pásztor (Chief Advisor to Minister Szijjártó, Hungary)