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Jobbik calls for return of large universities to state ownership

Opposition Jobbik is calling for talks on the return of large science universities to state ownership, the party's deputy group leader said on Monday.

Koloman Brenner told a press conference that the problem was not that universities are owned by foundations but the fact that these foundations’ boards originally included only ministers, state secretaries and people with ties to ruling Fidesz.

Even though the ministers and state secretaries have since exited the boards, it is still a violation of universities’ autonomy that the board members have the power to influence decisions that used to belong to the universities’ senate “ever since the middle ages”, he added.

Brenner was calling for talks with universities’ elected leaders on a return to state ownership and financing “as it is common everywhere in continental Europe”.

He also called on the government to suspend the Budapest Corvinus University board because they had fired a lecturer for revealing examination irregularities.

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