The University of Dunaújváros (C Hungary) is set to become Hungary’s centre for training and development in the field of nuclear technology, the Innovation and Technology Ministry said on Friday.
Innovation and Technology Minister Lászóo Palkovics, minister without portfolio in charge of the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant János Süli, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade state secretary Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich met with University of Dunaújváros leaders on Friday to discuss the school’s future after its senate decided to make the switch from a state-run institution to a university operated by a foundation.
Süli said the university could play a “key role” in the development of Hungary’s nuclear industry in future, in addition to continuing its earlier functions.
Pacsay-Tomassich said a nuclear knowledge centre being established at the university would combine practical and theoretical instruction in a singular manner, raising Hungary’s international profile in the field.
The government recently introduced the foundation model for universities with the aim of establishing a more flexible, more predictable operating environment, while boosting universities’ competitiveness.
So far, 15 of the almost 30 state universities in Hungary have already made the switch or decided they want to be run by foundations.