June 19th, 2017

Orbán and Academy of Sciences president discuss regional plans

Plans to make Hungary and Budapest a regional centre for science and innovation have been discussed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) president László Lovász. Lovász presented several concrete proposals for strengthening the MTA research network and universities. The meeting in the Parliament building was also attended by Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog, MTA deputy head Tamás Freund and head of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office József Pálinkás, MTA said. Lovász briefed Orbán about the success of Hungarian researchers in winning international science grants and the Academy’s achievements in international science diplomacy.

Making Hungary and Budapest a science and innovation hub in central and eastern Europe is a realistic aim but it requires inviting a larger number of prominent international researchers and teachers to Hungary, MTA said in a statement. In order to achieve this, administrative obstacles need to be removed. Orbán asked Balog and Lovász to prepare a detailed proposal on this subject, MTA said. Lovász said higher wages for professors would keep more talents at home. The emigration of young people from Hungary needs to be stopped because they will potentially “disappear from the horizon” of Hungarian science, he added.

He also briefed Orbán about national science schemes launched in the recent period and the development of ethnic Hungarian scientific organisations beyond the borders. Orbán assured him of his support for these schemes. The direct use of MTA research schemes in industry was also discussed, as well as the practical use of the findings of the Hungarian Brain Research Programme, the statement added.

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  • Making Hungary and Budapest a science and innovation hub in central and eastern Europe is a realistic aim but it requires inviting a larger number of prominent international researchers and teachers to Hungary, MTA said in a statement. In order to achieve this we regard throwing out the CEU (Central Europe University) as a very first step, then only in Hungary, Hungarians may be professors, then we are not so independent and know which arse to lick.

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