Speaking to Kossuth Rádió on Thursday, April 12 State Secretary for Education of the Ministry of Human Capacities László Palkovics said that the recent legislative amendment affecting foreign universities with a presence in Hungary does not necessarily preclude the continued operation of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

State Secretary László Palkovics asserted that there are several ways in which CEU could continue to operate in Hungary in compliance with the relevant regulations. Such a legally acceptable form would necessarily be an alternative to its present operation. According to László Palkovics, one definitive possibility is license training, an arrangement in which a foreign institution grants a university accredited in Hungary a reciprocal training license. Under such an arrangement, students of the foreign institution are trained by a Hungarian higher education institution.

The State Secretary also added that the organizational structure and operations of the German-speaking Andrássy Gyula University are qualitatively different from those of CEU. Andrássy Gyula University operates very similarly to that of the Hungarian Közép-európai Egyetem (KEE) in that they are both private universities registered in Hungary operated by foundations.