Secular Hungary

Secular Hungary

Excellence by Decree

Universities fulfilling a particularly high set of criteria receive some additional state funding due to their excellence. Along with the other Hungarian denominational institutions, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE) does not meet these criteria. In a fit of ecumenism, pastor and minister Mr Zoltán Balog plans to change the criteria for excellence to suit the Catholic university: according to his plans, universities have either to comply with the standards of excellence, or they have to be established based on international contracts, like PPKE, which is part of the concordat with the Vatican – and which has awarded a doctor universitas degree to deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjén for a paper of questionable quality and in a discipline they have no competence to award degrees in.

http://nol.hu/belfold/20130307-balog_kiemelne_a_pazmanyt

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