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Constitution Court rejects portions of higher education act

The Constitution Court on Tuesday judged that several sections of Hungary's act on higher education are unconstitutional, reported. The Court evaluated the new legislation at the request of then President Ferenc Mádl, after it was passed by Parliament in May. The Court said the act would restrict the freedom of education and science, as well as the autonomy of institutions of higher studies. The law was designed to introduce a three-part linear structure, consisting of a three-year bachelor's, a two-year master's and a three-year PhD program in line with the Bologna Agreement. The changes targeted increased mobility for students between various schools and faculties, equipping them with marketable degrees even after the first three years.