Embassy of the United States of America
October 19, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ambassador Pressman Travels to Debrecen
U.S. Ambassador to Hungary David Pressman traveled to Debrecen on October 18, continuing his commitment to engage with Hungarians across the country. The Ambassador was graciously welcomed by Mayor László Papp, who leads the important regional center of the North Great Plain region, a base for several U.S. enterprises and other international companies. They discussed a wide range of issues, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, the importance of strong U.S.-Hungary bilateral relations, Debrecen’s role as a destination for large-scale investments from the United States, and the importance of having an active and independent media to hold government officials to account.
During his visit, Ambassador Pressman delivered remarks at the University of Debrecen on bilateral research cooperation as the institution explores opportunities for U.S. investment and collaboration on emerging research and technology. The Ambassador said: “Hungarian traditions of excellence in science, medicine, and engineering are exemplified here in Debrecen. Our scientific collaboration builds bridges between Hungarians and Americans, contributing to our shared peace and security while advancing knowledge for our people.” He also met students and faculty in the Institute for English and American Studies to better understand their perception of the United States and our bilateral relationship.
The Ambassador also visited National Instruments, one of the largest U.S. investors and manufacturing companies in Hungary employing 1,557 people. He commended NI for its more than two decades of operations in Debrecen and its investments in STEM education that broaden the engineering talent pipeline in Hungary. NI and other U.S. companies are important contributors to our bilateral relationship through significant U.S. investments in Hungarian industry, education in science and engineering, and local livelihoods. He reaffirmed the United States’ intention to strengthen these relationships even further.
During his visit to the Embassy’s American Corner, Ambassador Pressman met local high school students and expressed his personal goal to learn as much as possible about Hungary’s rich history and culture. He highlighted the core values that the United States and Hungary share and encouraged students to consider higher education in the United States. The American Corner hosts an EducationUSA Advising Center, where Hungarian students can conduct research and receive guidance on admissions and scholarships to American colleges and universities free of charge. The Embassy also sponsors American Corners in Pécs, Veszprém, Budapest, and Szeged.
During each component of his visit, the Ambassador conveyed one clear, simple message: “The United States wants to address the many shared challenges we face today together with Hungary.”