The Hungarian American Business Leaders program has been elevating talented Hungarian students for more than a decade and enabling them to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Quinnipiac University, accompanied by full-time work experience after graduation. It is an outstanding opportunity for motivated and visionary individuals who are seeking to receive hands-on education and professional experience in the United States of America and who have a goal of raising the competitiveness of their home region. After their studies and work experience, they shall return to their home country and put their knowledge and experience to use.
Miklós Leszkó is this year’s Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholar. He is pursuing a 3 semester MBA at Quinnipiac, followed by 18 months of work in his areas of interest. The Hungary Foundation invited Miklós to participate in the 2022 YHLP Week, where he took part in a 5-day intense leadership program in Washington DC.
This August, Miklós Leszkó was welcomed by the Program at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. Miklos Leszko obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Obuda University in 2020. During his bachelor studies, he gained experience in development and project management roles at Knorr–Bremse Fékrendszerek Kft and Vincotech Hungára Kft. At the end of his bachelor studies he earned a Campus Mundi Erasmus Scholarship at Hochschule Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and spent a semester in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. After finishing his degree, he worked full–time as a sales support engineer at Reynaers Aluminium Kft in Hungary. He started his Master’s studies as a full–time Mechanical Engineering Modelling student at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics parallelly with his full–time job. He obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering Modelling in 2022.
His technical skillset and interest in business drove him to take a role as an Aftersales Zone Manager at Ford Motor Company where he worked till he joined the Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholarship Program.
‘Miklos has been wonderful to work with. He’s easy going but very hard working and intelligent. He combines his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering with his broader business perspective to develop a career in the sales, marketing and leadership side of technical business. This is a valuable skill mix in today’s ever more technical economy. We need people who deeply understand the technical side and the business side and Miklos brings both to the table. I am just very privileged to know him and get to watch his exciting personal and professional journey.’ – Christopher Ball, Director of the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac University
Miklos’s interest in business and economics made him apply to Mathias Corvinus Collegium Leadership Academy Program in 2020. He was attending MCC besides his master’s studies and a full–time job at Ford Motor Company and gained experience in organizational leadership, people skills, and communication. He continues to attend this program remotely till his graduation in 2023. Currently, he is studying at Quinnipiac University’s MBA program. He is concentrating on Management and Business Analytics. Besides his studies, he is working part–time, and volunteering at Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institution when it is needed. He aims to get experience in business thinking and manufacturing techniques used in the United States by working for companies. With a theoretical background in Business Administration and experience from different roles, he aims to deliver value and build bridges between the two nations.
‘With the theoretical background which I get from this program and hands–on work experience from American companies, I can improve my skillset and live up to the task to build a better world. I believe in delivering value in every possible way. The American culture of hard work and deep belief in the future can help us to deepen our nation’s connection both economically and culturally.‘ – Miklós Leszkó