The process leading to the new operating model of Budapest’s Corvinus University should be extended across Hungary’s entire higher education sector, the minister of innovation and technology said in Pécs, in southern Hungary.
Speaking at a general assembly of the National Conference of Student Councils, László Palkovics said the government’s aim was to create a simpler and more efficient operating environment in the higher education sector with a view to establishing the foundations of competitiveness in higher education. He said the government wanted Hungarian universities to operate under the same conditions that universities in other countries or Hungarian private universities do, and the institutions should not be unnecessarily burdened by matters that do not fit into such a structure. Palkovics said the innovation capabilities of Hungarian-owned businesses must be improved if Hungary’s productivity is to be increased, and this is what the universities can provide a background for.
József Bódis, state secretary for education at the human resources ministry, said that “what is now happening at Corvinus” should be made possible for the other higher education institutions as well, at least at the regulatory level. He said every higher education institution should be given the opportunity to successfully manage its finances and realise its mission.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said in September that Corvinus University will be taken over by a foundation founded by the state from July 1 next year, which will run the university on a non-profit basis. The government aims to provide greater independence and more financial resources for the university so it can join the ranks of the world’s top 200 universities, Gulyás said. He added that the changes in the running of Corvinus will be overseen by the innovation and technology ministry which will take over the management of the university for the transitional period.