Another Hungarian encroachment on academic freedom

I’ve written here, here, here, and here (and also here) about Hungarian attacks on academic freedom. We’ve known since August that the conservative Orbán government wants to eliminate Hungary’s gender studies programs. The initial plan was to cease funding gender studies programs in the fall of 2019. At the time, the government gave universities a month to reply to the announcement.

Last Friday, Orbán signed a decree removing gender studies programs from the list of approved Hungarian Masters programs. At a press conference, chief of staff Gergely Gulyas commented:

The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women. They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area.

This latest encroachment by the Hungarian government on academic freedom and institutional autonomy is unlikely to be the last. We’ll keep a watching eye.

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