Friday, January 29, 2010

Hungarian Ambassador to Visit Clayton State as Part of Two-Day Trip to Atlanta

When His Excellency Béla Szombati, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, makes his first trip to Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12, he’ll be stopping by Clayton State University to speak to Dr. Michael Deis’ Global Business class.

The Ambassador’s visit to Clayton State shouldn’t be a total surprise, since John E. Parkerson, Jr., director of International Programs for Clayton State, has been the Honorary Consul of Hungary for the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina since 2007. Indeed, Parkerson has been working closely with the Hungarian Embassy to arrange a full schedule of meetings for the Ambassador on Feb. 11. Also visiting Atlanta for meetings with the Georgia Legislature, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor, the Atlanta Mayor’s office, the Carter Center and the Georgia Tech European Union Center of Excellence, will be commercial and cultural attaches from the embassy.

Szombati’s visit to Deis’ Clayton State class will run from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 and will be held in room 101 of the University’s Harry S. Downs Center. Other Clayton State business students will also be sitting in on the Ambassador’s presentation, which is open to the public as well.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Ambassador will take part in a business seminar at the World Trade Center, a VIP dinner, and the first Atlanta Hungarian Carnival, also at the World Trade Center.

“Hungary is a key member of the EU and NATO and the U.S. has a large NATO airbase in western Hungary at Papa,” reminds Parkerson. “Hungary also recently inked a deal with President Obama to accept Guantanamo prisoners.”

Clayton State’s ties to Hungary also include an agreement of collaboration with the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary, that will result in numerous opportunities for the two institutions, including study abroad, student and faculty development exchanges, and research collaboration. Parkerson
is guest lecturing in International Business and Global Logistics at the University of Pannonia during the last two weeks of February, and a professor from Pannonia will lecture in the Clayton State School of Business in March.

Additional information about the Ambassador is available at: http://www.huembwas.org/Staff/Ambassador.htm.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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