This year, 73,805 applicants out of 99,192 have been admitted to higher education institutions in Hungary, the deputy state secretary for higher education told the public news channel M1 on Friday.
Most freshmen — some 17,000 people — applied for courses in business administration, followed by technical studies, medicine, education and law, Balazs Hanko said. Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest has attracted more students (11,000) than any other institution, he added.
Thanks to the higher education reforms launched by the government, the number of students starting their studies in professional fields has increased by 16%, to 8,300, since 2020. In total, 6,200, or 14% of more, start studying medicine this year than in 2020, he says. The number of students starting courses in agriculture has risen to 3,100, he said.
Tertiary education has a 30% dropout rate in Hungary, a rate the government plans to reduce to 20% in the coming years by launching mentoring programs, he said.
Hungarian graduates need only 1.2 months on average to find work in the European Union and earn 1.5 to 2 times more than their peers with only a secondary education, he said. declared.
Out of 25,000 universities worldwide, 11 Hungarian institutions are among the top 1,400 in the world, Hankó said. The government aims to include one among the top 100 by 2030 and three among Europe’s top 100 universities, he added.