Hungarian Act on Higher Education Does Not Impose Unattainable Requirements on Foreign Universities

Publicated on: May 31, 2017

Speaking on the subject of the recently adopted legislative amendment to the Act of Higher Education affecting foreign universities in Hungary on Tuesday, May 30, Press Chief of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tamás Menczer stated that “The Hungarian Act on Higher Education does not impose unattainable requirements on foreign universities.”

Successful educational accords have already been struck with Malaysia, Thailand, and China, all of whom handled the passage of the new legislation as a technical issue. None of the institutions involved have raised any objections to the Act.

Providing an update on current bilateral US-Hungarian negotiations, Menczer added that “In relation to the three American universities affected by the new legislation, negotiations with McDaniel College are progressing most positively. The institution’s leadership is cooperating fully and is adopting an attitude of partnership; the college is in compliance with the Act, and has a campus in the United States, in Maryland.”

Prime Ministerial Commissioner Kristóf Altusz is expected to travel to Maryland in June to discuss the future educational activities of McDaniel College in greater detail university leaders.

Press Chief Tamás Menczer also noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently in the process of identifying relevant state and university leadership in Massachusetts – the location of the second of three US universities affected by the legislation – and intends to engage in dialogue as soon as possible.

Speaking on the topic of the Central European Univesity, Press Chief Menczer was clear that the Hungarian government remains open to negotiations with the State of New York. “A message has been received from the Governor, Commissioner Altusz is happy to travel to the United States to meet him, and the parties are currently in the process of agreeing upon a date for that meeting,” said Menczer.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade/MTI)