Every summer before the beginning of the autumn semester we organize a college-camp where the alumni of the college can get to know the new applicants. Furthermore, once in a semester we organize a weekend-long “College weekend” in order to maintain the close contact between the members. Veni Sancte opens; Te Deum closes the academic year.
College members are responsible for organizing symposia, tea houses and the charity fundraising dinner. Two symposia are organized every year: one in spring and one in autumn. Themes of these events cover a wide range of topics. Throughout the years we had numerous guests, who are recognised expert in their specialty. Tea-houses and roundtable discussions are small events, where participants can discuss specific topics with professionals. Our greatest event is the charity fundraising dinner. This year our guest of honor was László Sólyom, former president of the Republic of Hungary.
Every semester we spend a whole weekend together to build our community and to be far from the noise of Budapest. This year the weekend was organized by the "Community Team" and they chose the city of Vác for our stay.
Lajos Balázs - the professor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences) – visited our College this Thursday evening. He presented his ideas about the mixture of results of the astronomy and belief. With the help of his lecture (and discussion), we got a clear point of view about the borders of science and about the start of belief.
Every year the two institutions of the Jesuits in Budapest, the Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies (SZIK) and the Jesuit Gipsy College for Advanced Studies (JRSZ) come together to have a teambuilding and some fun.
The aim of our Public Lecture series is to give students a chance to meet and talk with distinguished people of our country and the world: experts in different fields and decision-makers in the public life. We were honored to welcome Her Excellency Colleen Bell, the United States’ Ambassador to Hungary on the 6th of October to our College for a discussion.
The Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies organized its traditional masquerade ball for the second time this February. The private party — organized exclusively for students from other colleges for advanced studies — was extremely popular this year with more, than 280 guests.
In the last weeks we organized three Public Lecture events, with the participation of influential public figures.
On our last community weekend we went to Cegléd, where we could have a rest and spent some quality time with each other for two days.
In the second evening of our Public Lecture sessions, we had a conversation with Dr László Surján - the ex vice-president of the European Parliament.
We, at the Saint Ignatius, usually start our year with a summer camp, which was organized in Western Hungary, in Celldömölk this year. As always, it was a huge pleasure to see each other after the summer break. Our accommodation was in a monastery, located in the city center.
To officially start the year, our first program was a general assembly, where we discussed the most important issues of the new year. In the afternoon our freshmen arrived at the camp, we all were glad to finally meet each other.
In the following days we managed to organize all the teams and each team held a brainstorming to define our most important projects of this year. Every year we invite prominent people to hold a lecture to us. This year we welcomed Mr. Laszlo Solyom, formal president of Hungary and Mr. Gabor Rohaly, our kind lecturer. We had the opportunity to have an informal conversation with them and I can say that all of us could learn something of their thoughts, views and experiences.
Playing a strategic and management simulation became a tradition in our summer camp. After last year’s Stratagem we played with Fishbanks this year, in which every team is a fishing company and profit maximization and sustainability are the main goals of the game at the same time. After this exhausting game some of us enjoyed relaxing at the thermal bath of Celldömölk, while the other half of the camp participated at the lecture of P. Szabolcs Sajgó SJ.
We spare time for spirituality as well, our priest; P. Laci Varga SJ held a lecture to us about the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. We visited the catholic church of the city and the museum inside, then we went together to the Benedictine ruins to celebrate the first ’SZIKes nyolcas’ – the holy mess of the College – of the year.
Our host, Liliána Herbath took care of organizing fun programs, for instance we spent an afternoon climbing the Ság Mountain, where we played ’number war’, then we went to a wine cellar, to the Danka Pincészet, where we enjoyed the finest wines of the Ság Mountain and had an absolutely fun night.
Hereby we would like to say a huge thank you to Liliána Herbath for the organization, who made this year’s summer camp an incredible and unforgettable experience for all of us.
In the opening evening of our Public Lecture sessions, we had a conversation with Tibor Navracsics - the minister of foreign affairs in Hungary. The Ukrainian – Russian conflict was our most interesting topic.
„ We gladly welcome you on the board of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies. We are taking off, so fasten your seatbelts, please.” – Tamás Tóth, president of our Student Committee opened the year this way. Students, alumni, guests and directorate took part in Veni Sancte on the 5th of September. Botond Feledy delivered the year-opening speech, then Tamás Tóth and Áron Herbert vowed for the Student Comittee. We received best wishes from Gábor Nevelős, who is a Jesuit alumnus. After the informal part started, Erasmus students introduced themselves and we celebrated the year-opening with a joyful grill party. We had a great evening, danced all night in the attic as a good tradition of our college. We know our way and our aims, so we wish a further pleasant journey!
Zoltan Balog, the minister of Human Resources and reformed vicar accepted our invitation for a public lecture. We talked about higher education, the National Movement of Colleges and the present situation of the Hungarian youth on 31th May.
Student of the Saint Ignatius Jesuit College have participated in the common charity project of the Hungarian Media Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) and the Catholic Caritas on the 15th of December. The students prepared hundreds of homemade Christmas candies with Bible quotes and took part at the food distribution in the afternoon. One of the students, Viktor Pólya had the opportunity to appear on the screen in the studio with the guests of the event; cardinal Péter Erdő, Dalma Mádl, goodwill ambassador of the Caritas and to the leaders of the public media as well. We were happy to help!
A group of students organized a public discussion in March with Gergely Bárándy (representative of the Hungarian Socialist Party) and Gergely Gulyás (representative of the major conservative Hungarian Party Fidesz).
The most important topics of the debate were the situation of the younger generation, the Hungarian higher education, the migration and the career opportunities of politicians in Hungary. While both representatives agreed that it was recommended to finish some other studies before beginning a career as a politician, the question of the younger generation’s emigration in order to find a job led to heated debate.
We had many questions and much curiosity about the Olympic Games in Budapest 2024, so we invited Ágoston Van der Meer, who is a counselor of PwC to answer our questions.
Every semester we have the opportunity to quit the everyday life and spend an undisturbed weekend in the form of a retreat somewhere close to the nature. This autumn we went to Dobogókő and had a few days in quiet with the help of the Inigo group. This way we could deepen our faith and our relationship with God.
Some of our students visited our Hungarian partner institution in Bratislava called Pozsonyi Magyar Szakkollégium. This college was established in 2016 by the Pro Collegio Posoniensi Foundation with the efficient help of our rector, Botond Feledy.