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Gov't to restructure state-financed higher education

The government has approved numbers for state-financed higher education courses next year, with no change in the overall number from last year, but changes in the weight of subjects offered, national daily Magyar Hírlap reported. The state will finance 62,000 places in higher education in 2006, including 54,000 on full-time courses, Magyar Hírlap reported. Technical and science subjects, as well as social and welfare-related fields and medical courses will gain places in the state-financed programs next year, state secretary at the education ministry Béla Mang told Magyar Hírlap. At the same time, the education ministry has decided to reduce the number of places offered to law and economics students substantially, along with cuts in smaller subjects, such as political sciences, communication studies and language programs. The changes were explained by labor market demands, as well as recommendations from the European Union. The above changes in state-financed higher education will not affect universities' and colleges' programs offered to fee-paying students.