Jessenius Faculty of Medicine
in Martin
Comenius University Bratislava

Icelandic Delegation Visits Jessenius Faculty of Medicine

On Tuesday, May 9th, a delegation from the Icelandic town of Akureyri visited the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine CU in Martin.

10. 05. 2023 11.59 hod.

The delegation, which included Runólfur Oddsson, the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Iceland, and Hulda Hermannsdóttir, Assistant to the Mayor of Akureyri, was welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Andrea Čalkovská, DrSc., and Deputy Dean Martin Janík, PhD. The atmosphere of the meeting was described as both pleasant and informal, reflecting the shared educational goals and growing partnership between the two nations.

Interestingly, the small Icelandic town of Akureyri has become a source of students for the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, with several students traveling from Iceland's northern region to study medicine in Martin. Among the delegation was Jón Már Héðinsson, a former Director of a high school in Akureyri, and his wife Rósa Sigursveinsdóttir. They were particularly delighted to find four of their former students now immersed in medical studies at the University.

Earlier in May, representatives from the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, including the Deputy Dean for Foreign Relations, Martin Janík, and Prof. Erika Halašová, PhD., had embarked on a reciprocal visit to Akureyri. Their visit included a rich program of activities, including promoting their faculty to local Icelandic high schools.

Importantly, the meeting in Martin was attended by former students of the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, who are now practicing medicine in Iceland. This presented a unique opportunity for potential students to gain first-hand accounts of the advantages and experiences of studying medicine in Slovakia.