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MTA Wishes to Be the ‘Counselor of the Nation’ in New Mission Statement

Ábrahám Vass 2019.12.03.

On Monday, a general assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) approved a new mission statement, following that in July, it has been stripped of its research institute network due to the science reform of the government.

MTA chairman László Lovász said the Academy had to rethink its mission after its “restructuring.” He explained that in the future, he would like MTA to play a bigger role in science policy, but “not in a political, but rather in a helping sense.” He added that they would like to establish a closer relationship with higher education institutions and industrial research centers, too.

1. The Academy is a public body that unites and represents the Hungarian scientific community.
2. The Academy preserves and upholds the Hungarian language, and takes care of the nation’s scientific and cultural heritage.
3. The Academy contributes to the creation of conditions for research and represents the interests of Hungarian scientific research.
4. The Academy is the maintainer of scientific quality and scientific ethics.
5. A task of the Academy is to expand the international relations of Hungarian science, to present its achievements, and to represent its interests.
6. The Academy is the counselor of the nation.
7. The Academy shall convey the results of scientific research to the public.

According to MTA, 93% of the general assembly supported the new mission statement.

In July, governing Fidesz-KDNP, using its two-third majority in the Parliament, amid protests and controversies, voted to strip MTA of its network of research institutions and place them into a separate entity called Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH), which has its own independent budget chapter. Half of the ELKH members are delegated by the government, the other half by the Academy.

MTA Chairman Lovász also revealed that he intends to return to the field of scientific research after his term as MTA chairman expires next year.

featured image via mta.hu/Tamás Szigeti