On 6 November 2023, Professor Valérie Tóth and Associate Professor Andrej Tóth received the highest state decoration, the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (Civic Group), from the Hungarian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, awarded by the Hungarian President.
Professor Valérie Tóthová, Vice Dean for Research and Director of the FHSS USB Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care, received the award for her decades of work in the development of Hungarian-Czech relations in the field of health care and health care education. The field of health care, more specifically nursing, has always been her life's passion and strengthening cooperation both nationally and internationally has been one of her goals. Over the past decades, she and her colleagues have invested a lot of effort in promoting cooperation between the Hungarian and Czech healthcare systems and in promoting quality healthcare education. Professor Tóth has met many great people during her career and has had the opportunity to work with professionals who share a similar commitment and passion for health and science. 'I consider the award of the highest state honour not only as a recognition of my achievements to date, but also as a commitment to further and more intensive work in this field. This award belongs not only to me but to all those who have worked with me and supported me on my journey. I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who contributed to our success,' said Prof. Valérie Tóthová.
Associate Professor Andrej Tóth from the FAR UBS Faculty of Arts received the award for his indispensable research and factual work in the field of Hungarian-Czech and Hungarian-Slovak relations in the 20th century, Czechoslovak national politics and the life of Count János Esterházy. 'It was a great honour for me to receive the highest Hungarian state award, which I consider not only a recognition of my achievements in the field of research, but also a commitment to further achievements and even more intensive work. My gratitude here goes especially to my teachers who guided me during my university studies into the field of scientific research, prof. Richard Pražák, doc. Marta Romportlová, prof. Péter Rákos and dr. Evžen Gál from Masaryk and Charles Universities, and last but not least, of course, to my parents, without whose support during my studies I would not be where I am,' said doc. Tóth.
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