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The former Governor of New York met Rector József Bódis: Simonyi Center Highlights Discussions

March 2, 2011 / Posted by simonyiadmin in News

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.

APPLY NOW: Simonyi Center Summer Internship Opportunities

November 22, 2010 / Posted by News in News

June 14 – July 22, 2011 Pecs, Hungary
What you get:

• 6 weeks of extensive consulting experience in a multicultural environment
• Exposure to a wide variety of business problems in an international setting
• Exposure to the world of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship
• Client interaction with real businesses and entrepreneurs
• Real-world application of your business knowledge and skills in the afternoons with regional business
• The basics of business planning, feasibility studies and structuring companies for financing
• Work in teams with students from University of Pecs and the US
• A great resume building experience
• Lifelong friendships, international business contacts and references
• Fun cultural activities outside of work (international culinary festival, music festivals, short weekend trips)

What we want:
• Sophomore/Junior/ or Senior students
• Students interested in application of classroom learning to real businesses.
• Highly motivated conscientious people
• Good academic standing with their college
• Strong interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization
• Positive attitude
• Hard workers who also enjoy fun
• Students that are open-minded and open to new experiences
• Students eager to get real-world business experience
• Students who want to learn about doing business in a foreign country
• Flexibility to work outside you field of interest
• No previous consulting experience required.

Application to the Program:
Students interested should send a brief email stating their interest in the program, along with a resume to INFO@simonyicenter.com immediately. Students will be selected based on criteria above and an interview with the Program Director.

Simonyi Summer Consulting Program 2010

July 15, 2010 / Posted by simonyiadmin in News

The 2010 Simonyi Summer Consulting Program is officially underway in Pecs, Hungary. Every summer University of Pecs and Ohio University students convene in Pecs for a 6-week consulting program working with businesses, non-profits, and the university. Both Ohio and Pecs students receive internship credit for the experience.

The Hungarian, American, and International students are assembled into teams and assigned clients. The clients consist of high technology businesses, start-ups, local and international companies. Students need to immediately bond and creatively work together to understand these businesses, define problem(s) and then propose recommendations/solutions to the businesses.

Here are some photos from the summer:

Ohio–Simonyi Nyári Egyetemhat hétig (Ohio-Pécs Anniversary Celebration)

July 15, 2010 / Posted by simonyiadmin in News

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the relationship between Ohio University and University of Pécs. Distinguished guests from the United States and Hungary traveled to Pécs for the celebration, enjoying a lovely evening on the Mecsek at Hotel Kikelet for the banquet. The Metropol newspaper wrote an article on the celebration:

Gazdasági és kultúrmissziónak is tekinthető az az együttműködés, mely öt éve zajlik a Pécsi Tudományegyetem és a Charles Simonyi Alapítvány között. A régió vállalkozásai és az egyetemisták körében jól ismert Ohio–Simonyi Nyári Egyetem keretében idén is a térség üzleti életének feltérképezésén dolgoznak amerikai, magyar és angol hallgatók szakmai vezetők irányításával. A hathetes munka során a diákok pécsi vállalkozásoknak segítenek üzleti tervet írni, pénzügyeiket strukturálni, nemzetközi kapcsolatokat létesíteni. A képzést a híres magyar-amerikai vállalkozó, Charles Simonyi szponzorálja. A vasárnapi jubileumi ünnepségen Susan Hutchinson, a Charles Simonyi Alapítvány ügyvezető igazgatója elmondta, a kezdeményezésből mind az amerikaiak, mind a magyarok komoly szakmai tapasztalatokat szereznek.

Hangsúlyozta, az anyagi támogatással az emberekbe fektet be az alapítvány. A keresztkulturális együttműködés során az amerikai gazdasági szemléletet terjesztik a térségben, illetve a közép-európai gazdasági modelleket tanulmányozzák. Amunkájuk eredményességétmutatja, hogy évről évre egyre több cég és diák tér vissza a programhoz.

- Metropol

Here are some photos from the event:

New website launches!

May 27, 2010 / Posted by admin in News

Welcome to the newly redesigned Simonyi Center website.

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“Prior to this program, I had no experience in the field of business consulting. I never realized others could have such a different point of view on every aspect of life. Without this experience, I would have never considered that my business knowledge could help the progression of science technology. It completely changed my outlook.”

- Eszter Major, Alumna, University of Pécs

"Before participating in the Simonyi Center I was unsure where or what I would be working on. My background is in business planning and launching start-up's, so I knew I could provide assistance to both the students and businesses. After participating I am blown away and totally impressed by the student-client interaction, immediate student team bonding and end result presentations of the student projects. It was a heartwarming experience to see such a positive and successful collaboration from so many international perspectives."

- David Pidwell, Alumna, Ohio University & Venture Partner at Alloy Ventures

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