Wednesday, Governor Holcomb welcomed Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó to his office to sign a cooperative agreement in support of a partnership between the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. This planned partnership between the two Catholic universities expands the informal relationship the institutions have had for several years. As part of their work, Notre Dame’s College of Engineering will help develop new technology faculty and Ph.D. programs in chemical and mechanical engineering at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest—while select courses from Pázmány Péter will be made available to students at Notre Dame. The proposed educational partnership announced builds upon work accomplished during Gov. Holcomb’s trade mission to Hungary in June 2017, where the governor and Minister Szijjártó committed to developing and strengthening economic cooperation in the areas of life sciences, water management, automotive, tourism and more. The details of this cooperative agreement were finalized earlier this year, and the collaboration is expected to launch in 2019.