From right to left. Attila Miseta, the Rector of the University of Pécs, Gyöngyi Pozsgai, the Head of Study Abroad and Summer School Office, and István Tarrósy, the Director of International Centre of the university. 

The university is the first Hungarian higher education institution to gain this prestigious award from the European Association for International Education.

The online short-term programmes developed and managed by the International Centre of the University of Pécs obtained the 2021 Award for Excellence in Internationalisation from the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Study Abroad and Summer School Office of the International Centre implemented many international virtual programmes for students at global partner universities and the University of Pécs since early 2020. The programmes include online summer and winter courses, workshops, training, collaborative online courses developed with American and Italian universities, and a virtual internship program.Students from 70 universities in 40 countries from Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa participated in the virtual programmes. The academic component of the programmes was provided by the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development. In addition to the high-quality academic programmes, social events were also organised for the participants in the evenings.

According to the information published on the EAIE’s website, Attila Miseta, the Rector of the University of Pécs, considers this award a recognition of their “efforts to stay innovative during a very challenging time”. Besides being an encouragement “to continue internationalisation as one of our main strategic activities to create an enabling and inspiring intercultural learning environment”.

The European Association for International Education

The European Association for International Education is one of the world’s largest organisations dedicated to the internationalisation of higher education. It has 2,500 members from 70 countries around the world. Each year, the organisation awards a prize to a European university that has achieved an outstanding and innovative record in internationalisation activities.