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 government decree had deprived them of “all essential powers”. Students cordoned off SZFE on Tuesday, preventing the new leadership from starting work.
Vidnyánszky, who also heads Hungary’s National Theatre, met the outgoing leadership on Wednesday, and told Kossuth Radio after the talks that their opinions “differ on all important issues”.
Vidnyánszky said the only “positive result” was they had agreed that work should resume at the university on Monday.
The outgoing management is in charge until the end of September, and it is their responsibility to start teaching on time, he said.
Vidnyánszky, who identifies as a “cultural nationalist,” said “a sort of elitism has been prevalent at the university for generations regarding certain ways of thinking, methods and concepts”. The teachers working under the old management cannot imagine that “our way of thinking” also has a place in the curriculum, he said.
Vidnyánszky said students were being used as pawns to forward the agenda of certain “parties”, which he did not specify.
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