Professor Orban: «I'm nearly at home here!»


orban-1On October 30 Prof. Valery Grakhov, Rector of Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University met with Prof. Jozsef Orban, a professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of University of Pécs (Hungary).

It should be pointed out that Jozsef Orban as a true «Doctor Honoris Causa of Kalashnikov ISTU» – he was given this title in 2001 – constantly participates in the educational process of our university, lectures to students of the V.A. Shumilov Institute of Construction and Architecture. Moreover, his son – Dr. Zoltan Orban has defended his PhD thesis at Kalashnikov ISTU and he is now successfully working for the benefit of his university.

It is worth mentioning that the first agreement on cooperation between our two universities was signed in 1998, and since then the agreement has been extended every five years. The current agreement is getting expired. Therefore, our long-time friend and partner Jozsef Orban is here to discuss its prolongation.

«I come here almost like coming home!» – it sounds very sincere and shows that this is not the first visit of the Hungarian scientist to Udmurt Republic.

This time, Jozsef Orban’s three-day visit includes an extensive program: meetings with good old friends, and, of course, business and official discussions of immediate prospects for international cooperation.

Jozsef Orban speaks perfect Russian:

– I came with a mission – to strengthen relations between our partner universities, between related faculties and departments. Just like you, we have changed a lot lately. The leadership has changed, which means we are starting to work in a new environment. But no matter how rapidly life changes, we still need strong, friendly partner relations. The same as were established 20 years ago. We need to find new points of contact, new areas of activity. From our point of view, we are sure that we have many common interests! We can participate in joint international projects, meaning joint participation in the European Union Erasmus+ program (ERASMUS+), cooperation in research, student and teacher exchange.

This time, I prepared a lecture related to the technical diagnostics of buildings and engineering structures arising from the operation for my colleagues and students of V.A. Shumilov Institute of Construction and Architecture. You should agree that this is an urgent problem in our time. Why is the building destroyed and how to prolong its durability? I will give them certain examples. I hope it will be interesting and useful for my listeners.