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21st May, 2020

Six more universities to be privatised

The government will assign the right to operate six universities to private foundations from August 1, 2020, the Information and Technology Ministry announced after Parliament approved the related bill on Tuesday.

The Veterinary University, the University of Miskolc, the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts, the Neumann János University, the University of Sopron and the Széchenyi István University will be operated in a new structure, financed by a foundation, following the example of the Corvinus University.

As a result, employees of these universities will lose their civil servants’ status.

The new form allows for more flexibility, so young people may receive more competitive knowledge that can be used better on the labour market, the ministry said.

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