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Theater University’s New Board: Senate’s Resignation ‘Irresponsible’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.02.

The new board of curators of the Theatre and Film University has called Monday’s resignation of the university’s leaders and senate members “unacceptable and irresponsible”.

The senate reasoned its decision by saying that the foundation which recently took over the university under a government decree had deprived them of “all essential powers”.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Theatre and Film Foundation, which under recent legislation took over the university’s management on Sept. 1, said that the resigned officials had “abandoned their students and colleagues”.

“Leaders of the university must ensure that classes get under way and the buildings and infrastructure are safe,” with special regard to the coronavirus situation, the statement said. The university’s leaders “must continue their work and ensure that the institution operates lawfully,” the foundation added.

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Authors of the statement also insisted that the autonomy of the university had not been impacted by the recent changes and expressed their readiness to negotiate with teachers and students.

The foundation is “committed to renewing the 155-year-old university, making its work better, more transparent and more modern”, the statement said.


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