The government will launch a “Hungarian Erasmus” programme to promote student and teacher exchange between universities in Hungary and Hungarian universities beyond the borders, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog has said.
He told a podium discussion held at the Bálványos Summer University in the Hungarian-populated region of Szekler Land, Central Romania, that the government has already instructed the ministry to prepare the programme and it is expected to be approved in September. The programme will initially aim to triple the number of students from Hungary studying at universities beyond the borders. Additionally, the quota for students from neighbouring countries at universities in Hungary, which is currently set at 5 000, will be lifted, he said.
The project is hoped to contribute to improving the standards of Hungarian-language universities operating in neighbouring countries and solving problems of accreditation by stationing professors from Hungary abroad for longer periods. The concept will be a major milestone in the establishment of a uniform educational space in the Carpathian Basin, and, through this, the reunification of the Hungarian nation, the minister said. Universities and colleges for students belonging to ethnic Hungarian students currently operate in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Every academic year, thousands of Hungarian higher education students spend a semester abroad under the European Union’s Erasmus student mobility programme.