Budapest, May 21 (MTI) – A letter purporting to be an instruction to Budapest Corvinus University to sell several campus buildings is a fake, the ministry of human resources said on Thursday.
The letter posted online and containing instructions to the university’s leadership to sell several campus buildings is a “forgery” with the malicious attempt to pit university students, parents, teachers and decision-makers against each other, the ministry said in a statement.
On Wednesday students and staff of Corvinus held a forum at its western Budapest campus in response to press reports that several campus buildings would be sold.
The university said it had no official information about government plans concerning any restructuring at Corvinus, but it would defend the unity of the institution if such plans were raised.
Online newspaper vs.hu reported on Tuesday that Corvinus was set to lose several faculties, including food science, landscape architecture and horticulture — the latter housing the famous Botanical Gardens. The paper said revenue from the sale of the buildings in the 11th district could be used to partially underwrite the relocation of government offices to the Castle District.
The cabinet office dismissed the reports, insisting there were no connections between planned restructuring in higher education and developments in the Castle District.