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Minister: Changes required to make Hungarian universities sustainable

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Minister for Higher Education, Lászlo Palkovics, spoke at the end of last month regarding the Ministry of Human Capacity recognizing systematic problems in 2013 and taking steps to address these the following year, The Times Higher Education reported today.

The higher education minister spoke of joint working groups that represent universities and students and identify what needs to be done, will be used to combat the issue of inadequate student numbers.

He also mentioned creating an independent veterinary school and a separate faculty of forestry at Sopron University, as well as relocating the horticultural and food industry faculties from Budapest Corvinus University to Szent István University.

Minister of Human Capacities, Zoltán Balog, announced separately Hungaryʼs plans to launch its own Erasmus program, which he said is expected to triple the number of Hungarian students studying abroad, enable Hungarian academics to teach abroad while retaining their salaries and remove the limit on ethnic Hungarians from neighboring countries studying in Hungary, currently set at 5,000.

This is part of a longer-term strategy to accredit Hungarian-language courses in areas of economics and social sciences at the universities of neighboring countries.

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