A new scientific and community space of the András Pető Faculty – the András Pető Research Room – was inaugurated during the opening ceremony in the PAK Kútvölgyi building. It was also the first event of the Pető 130 Commemorative Year – as Professor András Pető was born 130 years ago.
The base of the new research room is the private library and letters of András Pető, a powerful spiritual legacy that still guides us today.As Dr. Éva Feketéné-Szabó, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Development said during her speech:
Let us be professionally and humanly demanding of quality education and research, let us have the desire to pass on knowledge beyond its deeper and more diverse acquisition, let us sow the seeds of openness to the phenomena of the world, to the discovery of connections and the joy of knowledge – but above all, let us be humble towards all those entrusted to us.
Andrea Zsebe PhD., Dean of András Pető Faculty said that Pető’s personal legacy was moved from his apartment to the building after his death. The most outstanding piece of the legacy is the shelf on which his most frequently used book collection was placed. It has been reconstructed without any alterations.
Pető was interested in all disciplines that were in some way related to conductive pedagogy. To facilitate his access to the literature, he also arranged his books in a thematic order, which was kept in the Research Room instead of the usual alphabetical order.
I believe that with the creation of the research room, the spirit of the place will emerge. Just as pedagogy and medicine met in conductive education, the new research space will bring together the legacy of the past and the future of research.
The event, which was the first in a series of spring scientific meetings of the faculty, also saw the launch of the latest edition of the Conductive Pedagogy series.