We are pleased to announce that, based on the decision of the Hungarian National Assembly, the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest is included in the 6 universities in Hungary that are going to change their operating model in 2020. The transition will result in a much more flexible way of management and faster response to the changing conditions of the world. With the amendment of the law, in 2021 a significant salary increase is also expected at the university.
Our 233-year-old institution is unique in Hungary, it regained its independence on 1st of July 2016, and from the 1st of August 2020, it will be operated by the Marek József Foundation established by the Hungarian state. Instead of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation will be in charge. The assets of the Foundation will be provided by the Hungarian state, while the currently used infrastructure will become the property of the university.
Our educational structure remains unchanged, and the university offers the same number of state-funded places for Hungarian students as before. As a result of the changes, our international programs can gain more highlight, as it is known that the highest proportion of international students study at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in Hungary (two-thirds of our students). With the introduction of the new practical semester, the University will provide 12 semesters of training in the ascending system, and we are announcing the undivided zoologist study program in Hungarian and English languages.
Model change can lead to unique development, which – in addition to collaboration with research institutes and veterinary drug and vaccine manufacturers – is supported by the participation in basic and food safety research and exceptionally high rate of international education that provides excellent background.
The transformation is also welcomed by the Hungarian Veterinary Chamber. Our University is not only an institution for students and people working here but also the Alma Mater of the Hungarian veterinarian society.
On 28 May 2020, the XXXIV. Act of 2020 on the Marek József Foundation decides on the transfer of assets to the Marek József Foundation and the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest. In the legislation, the National Assembly calls on the Government to take the necessary measures on behalf of the Hungarian state to establish the Marek József Foundation in the form of a public trust. The task of the Foundation is to represent the rights and manage the operation, the assets of the University, as well as to implement institutional development goals.
Gábor Náray-Szabó was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Marek József Foundation, which will be operating the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest.
Members of the Board of Trustees:
- Dr István Bajkai
- Dr Sándor Fazekas
- Dr Gábor Gönczi
- Dr Péter Sótonyi
Further information, measures, provisions and administrative changes related to the model change will be found on our website.