Hungary’s Ministry of Human Resources has completed the overhaul of university programmes, with the goal of harmonising higher education with the demands of the economy and society to improve the competitibility of education, the labour market and the economy. The overhaul of the decade-old system and the correctional proposals are aimed at increasing the efficiency of education and financing as a response to demands voiced by the profession, society and the economy, a statement issued by the Ministry reads.
Under the changes, the BA programme in international relations will be abolished and psychologists and theoretical economists will again be trained in an unitary, five-year system, as will agricultural engineers. Contrary to earlier information, both BA and MA programmes in communications and media studies wil be available in the future, as will MAs in international relations. Several other courses will be renamed and engineering programmes will be restructured to better suit employers’ demands. Degrees in terminology will also be abolished.
Over the previous months, the State Secretariat for education has negotiated with the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference to establish the new, corrected version of the higher education structure valid from the 2016 admissions process. The proposal will be tabled by the Higher Education Roundtable on 21 April and the government in May.