István Stumpf, a former constitutional court judge, has been appointed government commissioner in charge of a reform of Hungary’s higher education system, a directive published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny shows.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Friday that Stumpf will be in charge of coordinating the transformation of Hungary’s higher education system. He said on Facebook that the reform of universities would be the most important programme of the years ahead.
Stumpf will take up his post on Feb. 1 for a period of two years and will be responsible for coordinating government tasks related to the operation of a new ownership model for higher education. He will also be in charge of monitoring the fulfillment of the various tasks by government and university officials.
Stumpf will also be responsible for initiating legislative decisions related to the transformation of the higher education system and putting forward proposals for any necessary government measures.
He will report to the prime minister in his role as government commissioner.
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