March 10, 2023 09:55
International students of SZE reached the finals of prestigious scientific competition

Six of the international students from Széchenyi István University, Győr performed so well at last year's Student Science and Art Conference (SSAC) that they were selected to participate in this year's National Student Science Conference, which is the final of the competition. All of them came to study at the institution through the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship.

The National Conference of Scientific Students (NCSD) is Hungary's largest scientific event, with a history stretching back more than seven decades. Only university students performing outstandingly at the previous university conferences can qualify for this competition.

In each semester, the Széchenyi István University organises its own Scientific and Art Students' Conference (SSAC), where last year alone hundreds of students presented their research results in nearly 50 sessions.

In line with the growing number of foreign students studying at our institution every year, the number of international students among the participants and award winners is increasing. They come from 70 countries around the world. According to the evaluation of the judging board six of them excelled, so they are entitled to compete at this year's NCSD.

Széchenyi István University considers it of utmost importance that high quality education and research opportunities are provided for international students. In order to achieve this objective, we have been organising international scientific workshops within the framework of the SSAC since the spring of 2018, and we have also made the SSAC sections open for them as well, thus allowing their qualification for the NCSD. We are proud that many of our students continue to study science beyond their studies. We thank our colleagues for encouraging and preparing our students for this segment of scientific work as well," said Professor dr Márta Szombathelyi Dr Konczosné, Chair of the University's Scientific Student Council and Talent Support Council.

Dr. Nóra Géczy, Associate Professor in the Department of Building Design, has mentored and prepared 22 architecture students for the university's Design Lab Talent Workshop over the past two years, including international students, four of whom qualified for this year's NCSD.

“Our English-speaking Master's students typically work on topics that are understandable and interesting on the international scene. Last year, for example, we presented at the UNEECC conference in Lithuania with Brazilian architecture student Layane Vieira, and this March we will be co-presenting at the ICOMOS architecture conference in Florence with Daniel Osorio Arboleda, who comes from Colombia. The SSAC and NCSD conferences are a great opportunity for the students to prepare for these challenges and test their skills. Apart from the competition itself, the largest benefit of the event lies in the feedback given by jury, which is very inspiring for the young researchers of the future,"  said Nóra Géczy.

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ssociate Professor Dr. Nóra Géczy (centre) with her two students, Daniel Osorio Arboleda from Colombia and Sofia Suarez from Ecuador (Photo: Csaba József Májer)

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