General Meeting of Visegrad University Association 2016 took place at Szent Istvan University Godollo, Hungary on September 18-20. The meeting was attended by more than 50 representatives of 23 VUA member universities coming from 10 countries.
General Meeting was opened by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik and Prof. Janos Tozser, Rector of the Szent Istvan University. President Bielik evaluated the association activities for the past 5 years and introduced the plans of Visegrad University Association for the upcoming period. General Meeting approved the VUA Annual Report as well the Proposal of activities for 2017. During 2016, new universities applied for VUA membership. Three of them were approved by the General Meeting and we would like to congratulate and welcome them to our association:
- Kursk State Agricultural Academy named after I.I. Ivanov, Russia
- Obuda University, Hungary
- Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland
- Louisiana State University, USA, upgraded their membership from honorary to full.
Also this year, VUA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was awarded to the most active member university based on the results of the election of the General Meeting. The award went to the Szent Istvan University Godollo as an appreciation of an active participation in VUA activities. The award was presented by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik, First VUA Vice-president Prof. Janusz Zmija and VUA Vice-president Prof. Alexander Turyanskiy to Prof. Janos Toszer, SZIU Rector.
Presentations of Ms Cristina Amaral, FAO, deputy regional representative, Prof. Dr. Lajos Helyes, Vice-rector for Research and Scientific Affairs, SZIU and Prof. John Russin, Vice-chancellor of Louisiana State University, provided the participants of the General Meeting with interesting and valuable information and motivated all the attending representatives. It was also approved that VUA welcomes the initiative of the AGRIMBA MBA network to become a VUA standing committee, opening new possibilities and intensive cooperation of both networks. Moreover, the All Ukrainian Scientific-Educational Consortium which was presented by Prof. Grygorii Kaletnik, President of Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine, offered closer cooperation with VUA through common scientific, research and publication activities. This proposal was also positively received by the General Meeting.
VUA Presidency would like to thank Szent Istvan University for a perfect organization of the event and all the participants of the General Meeting for their fruitful contribution.
The International Summer School organized by Visegrad University Association titled FOOD SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STUDIES: Traditions meet novelties was organized in the period of 27.6. – 9.7. 2016 by the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and Szent István University Godollo.
During the two weeks of the programme, the summer school participants had been offered high standard lectures provided by an international team of experts. Furthermore, visits of top research institutions in Slovakia and Hungary were organized. Presentations of project assigned of the students took place on July 8. The Visegrad Prize for the best presentation was awarded to Mr. Obozuwa Omokheka from Szent István University. Sightseeing of Nitra, Budapest and Vienna was a great chance to present the central European region to the Summer School participants.
We are glad that 30 students and teachers coming from China, Poland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Iran, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia participated in this year´s VUA Summer School.
VUA presidency would like to thank all the students, teachers and organizers for their hard work and efforts.
The International Scientific Days 2016 Conference held at Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra took place in the spirit of “The Agri-Food Value: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society“. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Economics and management in cooperation with the SUA, Visegrad University Association, Agricultural Experts Club and Slovak Agricultural Economists Association, EUNIS Slovakia a Junior Chamber International.
The rich programme of the Conference offered space for working in fourteen sections that focused on issues from food safety, trade and agricultural policy through financial aspects, information a communication technologies to market survey and marketing. Young scientists were also provided individual space in a separate section. The Conference was attended by more than 270 participants from 23 countries (Indonesia, Russian Federation, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Mongolia, USA, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other).
FOOD SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STUDIES
Inputs for Food Product Design and Development: Quality, Safety, Innovations, Sensory and Consumer Analysis
The International Summer School organized by Visegrad University Association will be held in the period of 27.6. – 9.7. 2016. The topic of this year´s summer school is FOOD SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STUDIES.
This season, the first week of the summer school will be organized at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra , Slovakia. The second week will take place at Szent Istvan University, Godollo, Hungary. Lectures, organized in Nitra will be delivered as parallel sessions in English and Russian. Lectures in Godollo will be in English only. Active participants will be awarded a certificate and 2 ECTS.
If you are interested in the summer school, send your application form to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2016. The registration fee for each participant is 450 EUR for a VUA member and 550 EUR for a non VUA member (excluding travel costs to and from the summer school). The programme of the summer school will be available in March 2016.
It is expected that approximately 30 students and 5 teachers will take part in the summer school. Due to the limited availability, the quality of applicants and the contribution of the lecture topic to the summer school will be considered.
The international scientific conference titled "The Agri-Food Value Chain: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society" will be organized as a part of the International Scientific Days of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra on May 19-20, 2016.
The VUA session: Studies on agri-food value chain in Visegrad and Eastern partnership will be organized within the conference.
The purpose of the conference is to provide a unique international conference to facilitate discussion of current issues and exchange of cutting - edge information ideas and innovative solutions. The conference will encourage the transfer of knowledge between academia and industry.
For comprehensive information including the important deadlines, registration, conference theme and venue, please visit the conference website http://spu.fem.uniag.sk/mvd2016/
VUA will cover the registration fee for 10 registered VUA institution participants. Free registrations will be awarded based on the topic and the abstract of the paper sent to Prof. Elena Horska (email@example.com).
We are looking forward to meeting you in Nitra next year!
Student scientific conference jointly organized by Visegrad University Association and SZIU Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
On 25 November 2015, Visegrad University Association and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Szent István University organized the 2nd international scientific conference for students in Gödöllő, Hungary.
The idea of the event was born at the General Meeting of the Association in September 2014. The representatives of the VUA partner universities decided to provide a forum to the young scientists to introduce their research results and deepen the professional relationship among the students of partner universities. This event was organized for the second time.
The event took place along with the student scientific conference organized for Hungarian students. More than 125 students could present their work in 10 Hungarian and 5 international sessions. In the VUA YOUTH sessions, 47 international students submitted their research papers and could participate with presentations from 19 countries (not only from VUA members): Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Montenegro, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Serbia, India, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Laos, Burundi, Vietnam, China, Qatar. Nearly 100 people attended the VUA YOUTH sessions and the total number of attendees was over 200.
Session of BSc students:
1st prize: Lyudmila Khabarova
2nd prize: Maksym Dibrova
3rd prize: Nataliia Arman – Yuliia Pokotylo
Session of MSc students:
1st prize: Nikolina Petrovic
2nd prize: Alieu Loum
3rd prize: Kehinde Olagunju Oluseyi
Session of PhD students:
1st prize: Jing Li
2nd prize: Nijat Huseynov
3rd prize: Bálint Horváth
Special awards were handed out for excellent presentations to the participants listed below:
- Mangesh Nakade
- Dhanashree Katekhaye
Congratulations to the organizers for the successful conference and to all the participants for the high quality presentations!
25 November 2015
Szent István University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Gödöllő, Hungary
2nd Call for Papers
The annual scientific conference organized for bachelor, master and PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Szent István University (SZIU), Gödöllő, Hungary under the auspices of the Visegrad University Association. VUA and SZIU have a special role in promoting the professional career of doctoral students by organizing the Visegrad Doctoral Symposium every other year and in encouraging undergraduate students to take part in the work of VUA YOUTH. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for bachelor, master as well as doctoral students of VUA institutions to present their research results at the conference and to have a publication in a conference proceeding with ISBN.
The General Meeting of Visegrad University Association 2015 took place at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland on September 28-30. The meeting was attended by 40 representatives of 20 VUA member universities coming from 10 countries.
The General Meeting was opened by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik and Prof. Kazimierz Banasik, SGGW Rector´s Attorney. President Bielik evaluated the association activities and introduced the plans of Visegrad University Association for the upcoming period. The General Meeting approved the VUA Annual Report as well the Proposal of activities for 2016. During 2015, new universities applied for VUA membership. Four of them were approved by the General Meeting and we would like to congratulate and welcome them to our association:
Uman National University of Horticulture, Ukraine,
University of Agribusiness and Rural Development, Bulgaria,
University of Zilina, Slovakia,
Louisiana State University Agricultural Centre and Louisiana State University College of Agriculture, USA
We are also glad that new VUA Vice-presidents and Executive Committee Members were elected:
Janusz Zmija – First Vice-president, University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland
Janos Tozser, Szent Istvan University Godollo, Hungary
Alexander Turyanskiy, Belgorod State Agricultural University, Russia
Executive Committee Members:
Tatiana Litvinenko, Belgorod State Agricultural University, Russia
Agata Malak-Rawlikowska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Henrietta Nagy, Szent Istvan University Godollo, Hungary
Robert Pokluda, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Also this year, VUA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was awarded to the most active member university based on the results of the election of the General Meeting. The award went to the Warsaw University of Life Sciences as an appreciation of an active participation in VUA activities. The award was presented by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik and First VUA Vice-president Prof. Janusz Zmija to Prof. Bogad Klepacki, SGGW Vice-rector for Didactics.
Presentations of Prof. John Russin (Vice-chancellor of Louisiana State University), Dr. Piotr Bajda (International Visegrad Fund, Trustee for Poland) and Agnieszka Wojciechowska De Cokere (Head of International Research Projects Office, SGGW), provided the participants of the General Meeting with in depth information on actual grant and project possibilities and research schemes.
VUA Presidency would like to thank the Warsaw University of Life Sciences for a perfect organization of the event and all the participants of the General Meeting for their fruitful contribution.