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Hungarian universities are the clear winners of the European Union recovery fund, with 1,509 billion forints (EUR 4.2bn) of the 6,000 billion forints available to Hungary to be spent on developments at universities between 2021 and 2026, the minister of innovation and technology said on Friday.

László Palkovics said the government’s decision would unleash an unprecedented amount of funding — four times the total amount of support for higher education during the previous EU budget period.

The 1,509 billion forints will be used to fund universities, develop an innovation ecosystem around universities and strengthen links between universities and vocational education institutions, he said.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Facebook that István Stumpf, a former constitutional court judge, will be in charge of coordinating the transformation of Hungary’s higher education system. Orbán added that the reform of universities would be the most important programme of the years ahead.

Medical Universities Can Switch to Debated Foundation-based Model
Medical Universities Can Switch to Debated Foundation-based Model

The medical universities’ switch to the new, government-preferred foundation-based working model is on the agenda. So far, eight higher education institutions did so or were forced to do so, and two more would switch over in 2021. The government says it aims to raise competitiveness and reliability. The Hungarian way, however, differs from the international […]Continue reading

Orbán’s press chief Bertalan Havasi said that Stumpf would see to his duties as a government commissioner from Feb. 1. Stumpf will coordinate government tasks related to the operation of a new ownership model for higher education, and he will report to the prime minister, Havasi added.

featured image: IT Minister Palkovics; via János Vajda/MTI