2012/I. szám - Dilemmák és modellek a finanszírozásban
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Financing is highly objectified as an aspect of Higher Education and yet it is often in the focus of fierce public debate. We may find numbers for virtually all arguments in the field, which may evoke a fake impression of their rationality. But it in heated public debates we generally find rationality as only a servant of desires. Professor Barr's paper in our current issue thus holds double message. Based on his decade-long research at London School of Economics he focuses not on mere figures but on the social values and principles behind them. He raises essential questions and gives profound answers about the real causes behind the observable trends. I underline only one of the several valuable arguments in this article (originally published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy in 2004), that shows how misleading it is to place state-financing against the logic of the market.
Several authors of our current focus section took part in establishing the first student loan system in Hungary which has been a significant social innovation in the HE sector. We have our interview with Gyula Gilly who also is a co-author of the introductory article about financing. Together with Mózes Székely they argue for indirect measures to be the most effective forms of state financing as opposed to completely free tertiary education. They also assess the results of the first student loan system introduced in 2001. After this, Attila Kotán argues for Hungarian Higher Education cannot be financed in a sustainable way in its current institutions and regulations. After a diagrammatic overview of the main issues, he concludes with specific proposals about how Hungarian HE should be financed. He emphasizes that its expansive phase of ever growing student numbers is over. Gergely Kováts, Sándor Gyula Nagy and András Olivér Németh have a paper that is connected to this strong upbeat. After a thorough review of international best practices, they also have their proposals in shaping our national Higher Education.
Our current issue has become not only state-of- the-art and animated by strong opinions but it also provides useful information about some of the profound aspects of HE financing in Hungary. To the reader I wish optimism to believe in ways to change it, and a wide perspective with thoughtful considerations to be able to assess the wished-expected changes.
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