Youngstown State University and the University of Szeged announce joint study abroad program

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Youngstown State University Dana School of Music (Ohio, USA) and the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music partners to offer study abroad program

March 8, 2017 Youngstown, Ohio 

Prof. Dr. Péter Tóth, Dean of the Faculty of Music and Martin Abraham Provost Youngstown State University

It was announced today that the University of Szeged and Youngstown State University have entered into an agreement which will allow each other’s students to take their studies abroad. The opportunity will be open initially to YSU’s Dana School of Music and the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music.

“The General Academic Cooperation Agreement between YSU and Szeged formalizes the joint academic endeavors that have been occurring in practice between the two academic communities,” stated Nathan Myers, YSU associate provost International and Global Initiatives. “It is our wish that these activities continue and that both the formal agreement together with the delegation’s visit provide a foundation for an expansion of the work that Szeged and YSU have been undertaking.”

Myers said the program would likely start small, beginning with two students starting at some point next year. However, it’s very likely that the program would grow over the next several years and meet the university’s goals of giving students the opportunity to engage in international academic studies that enhances their professional and personal skills.

YSU Provost Martin Abraham signed the framework agreement in Bliss Hall, which houses YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication, with Dr. Péter Tóth, Dean of the Faculty of Music, representing the University of Szeged.

The successful agreement was culminated after months of ongoing discussions between the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music and the YSU’s Dana School of Music. Members of the Szeged delegation visiting YSU included Péter Tóth, dean of the School of Music; Professor Ferenc Szecsődi, head of the String Department and professor of Violin; and Anikó Szokody, professor of Piano.

Szecsődi, a violinist, and Szokody, a pianist, also gave a recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown during their visit. They performed a repertoire including Sonata in A major by Cesar Franck; Three Hungarian Folk Dances​ and Sonata in D major Op. 9 by Leó Weiner; Scherzo by Péter Tóth; Brautzug by ​Jenő Hubay and Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll.

IN ATTENDANCE WERE: (SEATED) ANIKÓ SZOKODY AND NATHAN MYERS, (STANDING L-R) MISOOK YUN, JOSEPH KRUMHOLZ, FERENC SZECSŐDI, MARTIN ABRAHAM, PÉTER TÓTH, PHYLLIS PAUL, CICIIA YUDHA AND RANDALL GOLDBERG.


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