The Rector of the University of Szeged became a honorary citizen of the city of Szeged. This particular sign of recognition was awarded by László Botka mayor of Szeged during the ceremonial general assembly on May 18. Mr. Mihály Szajbély was awarded a Medallion for Szeged and Mr. András Lednitzky was appraised for his contribution to international relations of Szeged.
’Dr Gábor Szabó played a significant role in accomplishing the laser research centre project. We might say that the heart and soul of Szeged are the community and its solidarity while the brain and intelligence are the University of Szeged, its students and scholars, where talented as well as strongly committed professors and leaders, such as Dr Gábor Szabó are working. We are truly grateful and affined as he accomplished an achievement that defines the future of Szeged in the field of science. This honour goes to Dr Gábor Szabó, the Rector of the University of Szeged’ said mayor László Botka.
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Gábor Szabó was born in 1954 and graduated from József Attila University as a physicist. He has been teaching since 1994 and he was the head of the Physicist department between 1996 and 2000. He was elected to be the rector of SZTE in 2010. The University of Szeged took and still takes part in several projects linked to research and industry, the most significant achievement is establishing ELI-ALPS laser research centre and a joint laboratory in Szeged. As the leader of the University he lays emphasis on international cooperation: he held an intercourse in Göttingen, Houston, Jena and Osaka conducting special and doctoral courses. He is also a regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) since 2010 and he is the head of the Association for Hungarian Innovation since 2007. He has been awarded with many honours throughout the years.
Mr. Máté Takács leader architect and Mr. Ferenc Pataki artist were awarded with a Pro Urbe award, while Mrs. Zsuzsanna Palánkainé Sebők, Dr. Füzesi Kristóf, Mrs. Éva Papp, Mr. János Sztanó and Mr. Mihály Szajbély were also acknowledged during the event. Mr. Mihály Szajbély lead the Department of Classical Hungarian Literature between 1992 and 2002 and the Department of Communication and Media Studies between 2002 and 2014, after he was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Mr. Éric Blin and Mr. András Lednitzky were awarded with the Medallion for International Relations of Szeged.
Translation: Enikő Braun
Photo: Anna Bobkó