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Together on the road to success – proposals for the renewal of the Corvinus

In the recent period, the work preparing for the renewal of the University continued. In 5 sub-projects of the project organisation responsible for renewal, the framework for the operation of the renewable Corvinus is developed with the involvement of teachers, students and other staff. The most important strategic issues will be on the agenda of the meetings of the advisory board assisting the project organisation, and during the Corvinus 2030 workshop discussions, participants will be able to share their suggestions on renewal in addition to reviewing international and domestic experiences.

In addition to all these platforms, the project organisation is also waiting for further proposals, ideas and suggestions for improving the quality of the University's education and research at Below, we review the suggestions received here, trusting that the shared thoughts will inspire others to contribute to the success of the Corvinus 2030 project by formulating their suggestions.

Expanding services for employees

One commenting colleague shared several suggestions that could make the renewable Corvinus more attractive to employees. This can be facilitated by the provision of supplementary health insurance services to employees, which is common practice in sectors that build on workers’ knowledge as a key resource. As with mental assistance to students, there is a need to provide such services to teachers and other workers to help staff deal with stress and strain. Achieving higher educational standards and bilingualism can be supported by expanding educational methodology services. According to the contributing colleague, it would be key to help employees with career planning, as well as leadership training, as many employees with teaching and research backgrounds, without management skills, will take up management positions.

Restructuring of training programmes

Another speaker commented on the “exchange programme compatibility” and structure of the trainings. In their view, Corvinus should also follow the way model curricula are developed, grouping optional subjects into one semester, thus greatly simplifying students ’participation in international exchange programmes. According to the other proposal, the most important professional subjects of the trainings would need to be taught more deeply, in the form of less credit-worthy, less fragmented courses, and at the same time the number of subjects not closely related to the programme could be reduced.

The nature of the trainings, content issues   

There was also a question about what the role of a 21st century university is. According to the commenter, it should be decided whether the university should focus on the transfer of “broad knowledge” or “actual knowledge”, in the latter case it is worth restoring the system of examinations for the most important subjects. Another important question related to this is the role and weight of philosophy and the history of theory in curricula ("Is the approach true that only a university where everyone studies philosophy and an economics university where there is compulsory history of economic theories education?") as well as the extent to which students can be expected to read textbooks.

Expanding the education portfolio

According to one commenter, “building and expanding the German-language education space” would be a great opportunity for Corvinus, as this increasingly important task is not being adequately performed by other institutions. In the view of the commenter, there would be a great societal need for additional or postgraduate courses “general literacy training embedded in social professional” that provide practical, usable knowledge and skills “with the organic incorporation of English and plus a foreign language”. Following the example of Western universities, Corvinus could also provide study opportunities specifically for members of the older generations - a segment that is very neglected in the education market despite the fact that its social benefits could be significant.

Thank you very much for the comments we have received so far, and we look forward to receiving suggestions for the University's long-term strategy and transformation at megujulas@uni-corvinus. 

Kind regards,

Communications Directorate 

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