Following last month’s visit to Atlanta by His Excellency György Szapáry, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, four Clayton State University MBA students are leaving today for Hungary
John E. Parkerson, Jr., honorary consul of Hungary for the Southeastern United States, president of the World Trade Center Atlanta (WTC), and director of International Programs for Clayton State University, is leading a group of Clayton State and Kennesaw State University students on an MBA international business study abroad trip to Hungary and Austria from Mar. 2 to Mar. 11. All but two days of that trip are in Hungary, and two of the days in Hungary will be hosted by Clayton State’s Hungarian partner institution, the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary. During his trip to Atlanta, Szapáry met with the MBA students who are currently on their way to Budapest.
The Clayton State students making the trip include; Juanita Walker (Woodbury, Ga.), Leslie Narain (Grayson, Ga.), Frank Davenport (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Lera Fox (Locust Grove, Ga.)
“Clayton State’s partnership with University of Pannonia in Veszprem has matured significantly during the past three years,” notes Parkerson.
Clayton State's ties with Hungary are mature and span seven years, starting when former Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Harden and Clayton County business representatives visited Hungary on a business/trade mission in 2004. The Government of Hungary appointed Parkerson as its diplomatic representative for the southeast U.S. in 2007, and Parkerson subsequently (in 2008) began a dialogue with the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary, that has thus far produced student and faculty exchanges.
In 2009, the Clayton State University Foundation participated in a tour of Hungary and the Czech Republic. In 2010, Clayton State hosted Hungary's first exchange student, Sofia Terek, for a semester; and in 2011, Clayton State's Ashley Gombar studied tourism marketing at the University of Pannonia. Moreover, Pannonia's Faculty of Economics and Clayton State's College of Business have exchanged several faculty members on short-term exchanges. Finally, this past year Pannonia's Faculty of Economics appointed Parkerson to serve on its International Advisory Committee.