John E. Parkerson, Jr., director of the Office of International Programs at Clayton State University, has been invited to serve on the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary,
The invitation was extended last month by Dr. Andras Jancsik, dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Pannonia, a partner institution with Clayton State for the past couple of years.
“This is quite an honor – especially given that this is a new board and that I will be serving among such esteemed colleagues from the University of Nottingham, University of Darmstadt, and Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics,” said Parkerson in an email to Jancsik. “I am proud to be associated with Clayton State University, and our administration and faculty understand that it indeed is a privilege for our university to be associated with yours.”
Clayton State and the University of Pannonia are currently in the second year of a faculty exchange program. In 2010, Parkerson himself taught a course in International Management as Clayton State’s first exchange professor at the University of Pannonia. In addition, Clayton State hosted the first two visiting exchange business professors from Pannonia, Dr. Zoltan Kovacs and Dr. Peter Mihalyi, during spring and fall of 2010.
Clayton State’s relationships with the nation of Hungary extend beyond the faculty exchange program. Clayton State hosted Zsofia Terek during the fall 2010 semester, the University’s first-ever semester exchange student from the University of Pannonia. Parkerson, the honorary consul of Hungary for the southeastern United States, will also be visiting the University of Pannonia later this summer to discuss how to broaden the Pannonia-Clayton State collaboration further.
Following that visit, he will return to Veszprem in late September 2011, to take part in International Week, a two-day long program organized by the faculty of Economics at the University of Pannonia that will include the first meeting of the International Advisory Board.