On February 23, 2011, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) and Marymount College signed an agreement that allows students and faculty from both Catholic institutions to study and learn in Budapest and Los Angeles. This opportunity is Marymount's first international study placement in Eastern Europe. Marymount students will be able to learn first hand about Eastern Europe's evolution from a communist culture and economy to a free market environment and open society. PPCU students can come to Los Angeles and become involved in the dynamic and exciting American culture that thrives on the Pacific Rim.
"This agreement represents an extraordinary opportunity for both Marymount and Pázmány Péter, said Dr. Brophy. “We are grateful for this relationship with one of Europe's foremost universities," continued Dr. Brophy.
From left to right: Ambassador Balázs Bokor, Counsel General; Dr. Brophy holding the Memorandum of Understanding for international study between Marymount and Pázmány Péter; and Dr. Marcel Szabó, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission of Hungary and Foreign Affairs dean, Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Pázmány Péter Catholic University is a public university of the Catholic Church in Hungary. Founded in the 17th century, the PPCU is one of Hungary's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education.
On February 24th, Dr. Brophy gave a presentation to a gathering of prominent Hungarians, PPCU students and faculty at The Legacy of the Reagan Era Conference of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission of Hungary.
Dr. Marcel Szabó invited Dr. Brophy to speak to the former American President’s Leadership. "President Reagan presents students with a classic case study of leadership, said Dr. Brophy. “He understood the timing of what was happening in Eastern Europe. He spoke eloquently from a firmly developed personal philosophy... a philosophy that inspired millions of Hungarians and encouraged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to open up the Eastern Bloc. President Reagan saw the fall of communism as a spiritual awakening," said Dr. Brophy.
Other presenters included Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén; Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, Ambassador of the United States; Balázs Bokor Ambassador, Consul General; Mária Schmidt, Director of the House of Terror Museum, Professor of Pázmány University; Miklós Kun, Director of the Institute of Criminology; György Nógrádi, Chair, Department of World Economy, Corvinus University; Képes György, Eötvös Lorand University; Máté Botos, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Pázmány University; Károly Pintér, Professor, Pázmány University; Attila Horváth, Professor, Pázmány University; and in closing Szabó Marcel, Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission of Hungary who spoke of Reagan and the Changing Global Order.