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Rectors and Student Union Initiate Talks on University of Theatre and Film Situation

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.05.

The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and the National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK) have called for talks regarding the situation around Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE).

SZFE’s senate and leadership announced their resignation this week, saying the foundation that took over the university on Sept. 1 under a government decree had deprived them of “all essential powers”.

The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference told MTI on Friday that SZFE’s leadership, the head of its supervisory board and the university student union have all accepted an invitation to attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday at Eötvös Loránd University.

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Theater University Students Protest with Barricades after Leadership Resigns Due to Gov't Restructuring

Following the resignation of the leadership of the University of Theater and Film Arts (SZFE), a demonstration was organized by the students on the eve of the new system entering into force. They later barricaded themselves inside the university building in a protest against the forced restructuring, that in their view results in total “loss […]Continue reading

The Rectors’ Conference said it has set up the meeting because it believes certain “strong statements” made by both the university’s leadership and the supervisory board were only deepening the rift between the two sides, adding that their disagreements could only be settled through dialogue.

HÖOK and the Rectors’ Conference said they both considered the changes in the university’s stricter a step forward, adding however that it would only succeed if the university and its operator “are on the same page” when they begin their work together.

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Vidnyánszky: New Leadership Required at Theatre and Film Arts University

The University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) will need a new leadership and new employees, Attila Vidnyánszky, the recently appointed head of the university’s supervisory board, told public Kossuth Radio on Thursday. SZFE’s senate and leadership announced their resignation on Monday, saying the foundation that took over the university on Sept. 1 under a […]Continue reading

On Wednesday, the university’s outgoing leaders held talks with the head and other members of the institution’s supervisory board, where they made a commitment to carry out their duties until the end of the month.

Featured photo via Theatre and Film University Students Union’s Facebook page