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Student enrolment affected by new policies

The number of students applying for places in Hungary’s higher education has plummeted by 20% this year,Népszabadság daily said on Thursday. This year some 95,000 applications were made compared with 141,000 two years ago and 110,000 in 2012, the paper said, citing its own unnamed sources. The government has introduced a new system for financing state-funded places which has reduced the number of full tuition subsidies and requires graduates to stay in the country to work in return for a grant. The Ministry for Education said earlier preliminary data on applications would be released on March 13.