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HU - Road show and panel discussions on higher education reforms

A more than 3 weeks long road show started in Hungary on the 20th of November 2006. In the period of 25 days the leading representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture give HE students and instructors a chance to discuss and ask questions concerning the new higher education reform. Within the framework of the road show, panel discussions will be held in every larger Hungarian university towns.

State secretary Kroly Manherz says that "the Bologna process is special in Hungary, since it was introduced all at once; this has its advantages as well, but we do not yet see the place of those with a BA degree on the labour market." He also emphasized that the proportion of participants in the human sciences and pedagogy has considerably increased while strong labour market demand can be observed for experts in the field of technical and physical sciences.

In order to meet these challenges the following changes are to be implemented: strengthening education in the field of natural sciences, performing better cooperation between education and the labour market, and reducing the number of students in state financed education. The introduction of a new financing system from 2008, including the so-called "training contributions" to be paid by HE participants, will ensure more independence for the institutions concerning the use of available resources.

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