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Parliament greenlights Hungarian university

Parliament approved the founding of the Janos Seley University in the town of Komarno, located on the border with Hungary. The university will have three faculties: economics, pedagogy, and theology, news wire SITA wrote.

Opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's (HZDS) Dušan Jarjabek said that the university was financial nonsense and the coalition is being disloyal to the state budget by pouring Sk100 million (€2.42 million) into the Hungarian school.

The Accreditation Committee, which regulates the establishment of universities in Slovakia and oversees their professional standards, claims that the country does not need another university.

The opposition dubbed the university discriminatory, as classes will be taught in Hungarian and students who cannot speak Hungarian will be prevented from attending the school.

MP Erzsébet Dolník from the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) argued that along with Hungarian, some classes will be taught in Slovak, English, or German.

The school was a demand of SMK, a member of the ruling coalition, which argued that the lack of a Hungarian university has a negative impact on the Hungarian minority in Slovakia.

The first three hundred students will enrol at the university in September 2004. The opening of the university will cost Sk100 million (€2.42 million) this year and an additional Sk62 million (€1.5 million) will be needed in the year 2004, Sk72 million (€1.75 million) in 2005, and Sk83 million (€2 million) in 2006.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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