The University of Pécs organized its traditional New Year's Professorial Meeting on 10 January 2018 at the Hotel Palatinus. Professors, retired and emeritus professors have been invited as well as the leadership of the university with almost two hundred attendees altogether.
Dávid Gáspár, a student majoring in piano at the Music Institute of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, played and improvisational music serving as a prelude to the event. Since the last meeting two of our esteemed professors have passed away: Magdolna Kovács (Medical School) and Miklós Kengyel (Faculty and Law), the memory of whom the participants honoured with a minute long silence. During 2017 ten new members of this illustrious group have joined, who after receiving their official nomination by the president of Hungary received their university gowns from József Bódis rector on 1 September 2017 at the unveiling ceremony of the sculptures of Louis I of Hungary and Pope Urban VI. The gowns symbolize that these professors now belong to the professorial staff of the University of Pécs:
- At the Faculty of Law: Tímea Drinóczy and László Kőhalmi,
- At the Medical School: András Komócsi, Miklós Koppán, László Mangel, Gábor Reuter, Attila Schwarz and Csaba Varga,
- At the Faculty of Health Sciences: Péter Tamás,
- At the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development: Gábor Szécsi.
The Professorial Meeting is known to offer a wonderful occasion to summarize last year's achievements, which was especially eventful thanks to the Jubilee Year of the foundation of the University. The Universitas Televison, which celebrates the 25th anniversiary in 2018 showed the highlights of last year in a 20 minute video summary. In his speech Rector József Bódis said that the jubilee programmes have been successful, “they have been brimming with content, we will remember and which will make us proud.”
He pointed out that for the fruitfulness of the jubilee year celebrations we have to thank many people, and it was a joint effort, a good example of cooperation. Regarding the future, the rector expressed his hopes that the change in the leadership of the university will be “smooth, and it will set the university on a new course with improved vivacity.” The official part of the event was followed by a banquet offering an opportunity to the professors to have casual conversations.