From the first of August, the universities of Debrecen and Szeged could be under private foundation control. A Hungarian employee of the University of Debrecen told Magyar Orange that the dean’s council of the institution had been convened a few days ago, and the rector explained that the concrete plans would be completed within a month.
According to the source, the teachers of the institutions have not yet been officially informed. One lecturer saw that the university management speaks openly and proudly about the foundation being reserved.
Szegeder wrote about the University of Szeged, and Chancellor Judit Fendler told the dean’s college earlier this year that they could initiate a transfer to a private foundation. This step was also supported by Rector László Rovó. The leader saw this as a way to get more development resources for the university.
According to an interviewed lecturer, there is an idea tied to Béla Merkely, rector of Semmelweis University, that a top medical university should operate nationwide. The medical courses of the universities of Debrecen, Pécs and Szeged would continue to operate as outsourced sites.
If the University of Debrecen really becomes a foundation property, it is not known what will happen with the Nagyerdei Stadium and the Kenézy Gyula University Hospital, since the university has an impact on both of them.
The Corvinus University of Budapest was maintained by the foundation in 2019, and last year the University of Theater and Film Arts would also have been transformed, but there were opposing views about that matter. No agreement has been reached with the protesting SZFEs since then, although the transfer of ownership of the foundation and the delivery to the Attila Vidnyánszky were still carried out over their heads.
From February 1, Szent István University in Gödöllő can also continue to operate as a foundation, called the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences.