(MTI) – Hungary is fulfilling a primary mission by supporting Hungarian higher education in Transylvania, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said on Friday, inaugurating a new dormitory at Sapientia University in Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely).
“The Hungarian state aims to ensure that the Hungarian nation survives and the living standards of Hungarians improve. Obviously, all parts of the nation should survive for the whole nation to be kept intact. The loss of Hungarian communities in Transylvania, Transcarpathia, Slovakia or Vojvodina would diminish the Hungarian nation as a whole. Sapientia is required for both the Hungarian community of Transylvania and the nation in general to survive,” he said.
Semjen said the Hungarian state is making an annual 2.2 billion forints (EUR 7.1m) available for the operation of the system of Transylvanian Hungarian higher education, and an additional 4.1 billion forints in three years for its expansion and development.
The deputy premier called it regrettable and shameful that the Romanian state was not supporting Sapientia with a penny. This is a discrimination against Romanian citizens who contribute through their taxes to the development of Romania’s educational system and yet they do not get any support for their studies in the mother tongue, he said.
The Transylvanian Hungarian Sapientia University opened in October 2000. At present it has 2,200 students and operates faculties in three cities – Cluj (Kolozsvar), Targu Mures and Miercurea Ciuc (Csikszereda).
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