For the first time, Gál Ferenc University organised an intensive international week, the so-called Blended Intensive Program, at the Faculty of Economics within the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme. The Bulgarian, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Romanian participants arrived in Békéscsaba after the introductory virtual phase and spent a week there in the last week of April. The Erasmus+ coordinator of the institution and the faculty, Monika Csefkó, intensively organised the week-long programme for several weeks, true to the name of the project.
The event was opened online by the Rector Professor Dr. László Dux, followed by a welcome speech by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Zoltán Árpási. The first day was also attended by the University’s Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Dr István Thékes, who personally welcomed the participants.
The participating institutions had designed the weekly timetable of the course to include 5 hours of workshops a day, coordinated by Purva Srivastava from Ireland, followed by cultural activities ranging from sightseeing to a horse riding demonstration and a visit to the Almásy Castle in Gyula. All the foreign guests were extremely satisfied with their week of study and cultural activities. Thanks for this to the faculty and to the operational manager, Monika Csefkó. The one-week educational event created a truly international atmosphere at the Viharsarok headquarters. It is of the utmost importance that our students gain as much insight as possible into the scientific, public and cultural processes taking place in the world. The visits of students and teachers from five foreign institutions served this purpose to the maximum.
Our university plans to organise similar programmes in the future. In addition, we aim not only to host but also to invite our teachers and students to take part in short international programmes of this kind.