The former Governor of New York met Rector József Bódis
The former governor of New York State, George Pataki, who has a Hungarian roots met the
Rector of the University of Pécs, József Bódis during his visit in Hungary on 17 February
2011. They discussed the proceedings of American-Hungarian exchange programs and the
unique Simonyi Summer Consulting Program.
Károly Dán, New York Consul General, László Imre Komlósi senior vice-rector, Monica
Elling marketing professional and Gyöngyi Pozsgai, head of the International Relations Office
were present at the meeting in Pécs.
George Pataki, whose grandfather on his father’s side was Hungarian, said a few words in
Hungarian: “Sajnos csak egy kicsit beszélek magyarul” (I only speak a little bit of
Hungarian). He explained that he understands Hungarian; however, he does not often have
the chance to speak Hungarian. Pataki was the governor of New York from 1995 to 2006 in
3 terms. The politician was invited to a wine-marketing conference in Hungary, in Pécs he
visited the Kodály Centre, he met József Bódis and later on mayor Zsolt Páva.
József Bódis introduced the University of Pécs to the Hungarian-American politician, the first
university in Hungary. He emphasized that within the more than 2,000 international students
at the University of Pécs a great number of students come from the United States. The very
popular Simonyi Summer Consulting Program was presented by Zsolt Bedõ, head of the BA
Business Administration Program: “The Simonyi Summer School is a wonderful initiative
supported by Charles Simonyi, the famous Hungarian-American entrepreneur”. Vice-Rector
László Imre Komlósi introduced the American-Hungarian exchange programs for teaching
staff and researchers, while Gyöngyi Pozsgai highlighted the importance of student exchange
programs and inter-university agreements, the relatively high number of which are the proof
of the fruitful relationship between the two countries.