The Hungarian government consulted with universities, the institutions’ maintainers and students, and then made a decision on the reform of the higher education admission system, the Ministry of Culture and Innovation told MTI on Thursday.
According to the statement, the aim of the reform was to give universities and their prospective students and their families more freedom of choice, under the motto “where there is opportunity, there should be responsibility.”
They stressed that the reformed admissions system combines the advantages of the current system while strengthening the decision-making powers of higher education institutions on several points.
One innovation is that higher education institutions are given the freedom to decide to award 100 points within the unchanged 500-point admission system. In addition to the 100 institutional points, 100 points will be awarded for academic results at secondary school and 300 points for results at the baccalaureate. Out of the 300 points, 100 points will be awarded for Hungarian language and literature, mathematics, history, foreign languages, and one examination subject chosen by the institution, while 200 points will be awarded for two baccalaureate examination subjects also chosen by the university, it was explained.
The institutional 100 points can be made up of several components, such as an oral entrance examination, a motivation letter, language competence, or work experience.
It is still possible to obtain extra points for equal opportunities, sporting achievements, or results in academic and artistic competitions, among other things.
The Ministry said it was important that good practices that have benefited students, such as university entry from vocational training, or the inclusion of extra points for voluntary reserve military service, would continue to be taken into account.
Those starting their studies in September 2024 will be able to enter higher education under the new rules.
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