Access to the HE: It can be seen international comparative statistics that it is the tertiary
education where private benefits are the most significant in terms of income, employment,
health,life expectancy and overall life satisfaction. Therefore, the safest road to liberation
from poverty leads through highereducation. As Professor Barr convincingly argues,
if a well-designed student loan system exists in a country, access to higher education is
essentially determined by the high school achievements. Therefore, if we wish to ensure
equal opportunities for the poor, we have to go back at least to high school to improve
the system. School system in Hungary: According to the latest PISA Report, in the Hungarian
school system it is practically impossible for poor students to perform well in school and,
as a consequence, they are almost completely excluded from higher education, especially
from those degrees that lead to high personal returns in later life.If we rank 65
developed and emerging countries according to the ability of the school system to
smooth out social differences, we find that Hungary and Peru are by far the lowest
ones down on this list. This is a shame for the country, as well as a huge waste
of human resources. Focus on mathematics: We are convinced that mathematics is
the most useful and the most transferable subject. It is reflected also in the fact
that the most valuable degrees require high level math knowledge and problem
solving skills not only at the entrance exam, but all along the educational program.
However, due to the adverse selection tendencies in the underfinanced Hungarian
school system, it seems that poor children of poor little villages have
the greatest disadvantage just in maths.
Focus on independent work: In line with improving mathematical performance
we also wish to develop corresponding skills such as focusing, time management,
career planning, communication and most importantly independent learning.
Therefore, the program is organised such a way that students come to Corvinus
University of Budapest once in every 2 weeks and spend whole Saturday with
learning and practicing maths. At the end of the day they receive a well-defined
homework: about 100-150 exercises to solve for the next time. During the 2 weeks
we keep contact by email and phone, students have to report continuously on their
progress and they are encouraged to ask their mentor for help if they have any problems.
Each time they come to Budapest the costs of traveling is reimbursed and they also receive
a scholarship depending on their achievements. The preparatorycourse begin
in November and lasts until May. For more information, email to
krisztina.megyeri@uni-corvinus or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance: The first year of operation was supported from the generous donation
of Földfém Limited Co. via the Foundation of the Department of Finance,
Corvinus University of Budapest. The basic principal of financing was that teachers,
mentors and administrative staff received neither payments nor cost reimbursements
for their work. Funds were spent solely on scholarships to students, traveling costs of
students and other materials helping students such as books, calculating machine etc.
Cooperation with civil sector: During the program we are closely cooperating with civil
organizations, most importantly: Polgár Foundation for Opportunities helps in
contacting and selecting the participants all over the country.
The foundation has the mission to improve the life chances and circumstances of disadvantaged,
especially Roma communities and individuals. It aims to support the cause
for equal opportunities for all, searches and follows new paths and makes
efficient use of available funding.
Dr. Ámbédkár High School helps also in recruiting and motivating participants.
The school’s mission is to gather and help the most disadvantaged, mostly Roma students
to finish the elementary school, then the high school in one of the most distressed areas of
Hungary (county Borsod-Abauj-Zemplén) based on the philosophy of Gandhi.
Studium Generale provides seminars and learning materials.
The organisation’s main goal is to help underprivileged students. Studium Generale offers
courses in mathematics, economics and history to graduating and pre-graduate high school
students free of charge in preparation for their Matura exams. Preparation takes place in the
form of week-end seminars and e-learning courses for student all over Hungary.
Rajk László College for Advanced Studies (in Hungarian: Rajk László Szakkollégium)
offers a one-by-one mentorship program
The College is an educational institution offering accommodation as well as advanced courses in
the fields of economics and social sciences, establishing a community for students excelling in
these fields. It was founded in 1970 by the students of the Corvinus University of Budapest
(then Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences), with Attila Chikán as its first principal.
It is the oldest existing institution of the kind in Hungary, giving a model to later colleges.
Central European University organises communication exercises in English.
CEU is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than
100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship,
and address some of society’s most vexing problems.