Hungarian higher education might cease to exist in Transcarpathia, Ukraine. According to a law, passed in the Kiev parliament yesterday, in Ukraine the “language of higher education is the Ukrainian”, thus, almost every class must be instructed in this language.
The bid was submitted in May to the Kiev parliament. At the same time Ildikó Orosz, head of the Hungarian University of Transcarpathia told that the proposal might endanger the mere existence of this institution, since most of the classes were held in Hungarian.
The only “concession” of the Ukrainian government was that they allowed some subjects to be instructed in the language of the minorities living in Ukraine (e.g. Hungarian grammar and literature shall be taught in Hungarian language), but only if they can guarantee paralell lectures in Ukrainian.
The law passed yesterday. Hungarian press, that is usually so sensible to the Ukrainian affairs, has dubiously remained silent. The silence is more shocking in the Transcarpathian press. Until Wednesday evening (24 hours after the vote in the parliament) not even one local Hungarian portal has reported about the law, that endangeres the only Hungarian university in the country. According to our sources, that are familiar to the situation in the county, all the press in the region (including the Hungarian organs) are held by Viktor Baloga, a local oligarch, who is loyal to the Kiev government. Well, it seems that the control is strong.
based on article of jobbegyenes.blog.hu
translated by SzSz