Dr. Karoly Jokay, executive director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission.

Hungarian Fulbright Director Visits University of Georgia

Dr. Károly Jókay, executive director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, spent two days in Athens in early November visiting units of the University of Georgia to identify potential hosts for Hungarian students and researchers, and UGA faculty interested in becoming Fulbright scholars in East and Central Europe.

“Our Center has a long history in hosting Fulbright scholars, Murrow international journalists, Muskie fellows and Transatlantic visiting journalists, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, told the guest. “We always try to design programs that fit the needs of our visiting scholars, which include selected graduate classes, meetings with faculty and other communication experts, participation in workshops and conferences, and visits to relevant media and other communication companies in Atlanta.”

The Cox Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

“Through the Fulbright program, the United States sends to our country 20-25 students, professors and researchers in exchange for the same number of Hungarian scholars and students, in any field of study, including arts, with half- or full-year funding,” said Dr. Jokay. “Every year, three or four times as many individuals apply. My job is to make sure that they are selected through a proper and transparent process and that each of them finds a hosting organization that has the resources to assist them.”

An expert in municipal finance and bankruptcy, Jókay taught municipal finance, public budgeting and public management in the Department of Public Policy at Central European University between 2005 and 2017. He was born in Chicago to Hungarian refugee parents, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois. Jókay, who moved to Hungary in 1994, is active in several civil society organizations, and established a family foundation to support the education of poor, rural children. He has been executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Hungary since November 1, 2012.

While being at the University of Georgia, in addition to the meeting in the Cox International Center, the Hungarian guest visited the School of Law and its Dean Rusk International Center, and the UGA Office for International Education.