The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to withdraw its bill on restructuring Budapest’s Corvinus University. Under the bill, Corvinus would be taken over by a state foundation in July, turning it into a non-profit institution.
The leftist party’s deputy group leader Gergely Arató said that the proposal on the foundation’s takeover of Corvinus was in violation of Hungary’s legislative law, arguing that the government had not held proper consultations on the proposed changes or released its impact studies on the takeover. He accused the government of pushing for the changes with the motivation of gaining access to the university’s funds. By having Corvinus taken over by a state foundation, he said, the government would still end up making the most important decisions concerning the university. But Corvinus’s operations would no longer be transparent and regulations aimed at protecting the rights of students and tutorial staff would no longer apply, Arató said.