The University held the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at the Várkert Bazár on Sunday afternoon. The guest of honour at the event was Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, who, in his speech, spoke highly of the educational and research work at the University, as that offers excellent opportunities for the students of the Corvinus to obtain internationally acknowledged and marketable knowledge.
More than 800 people, including lots of freshmen, attended the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at the Corvinus University at the Várkert Bazár on 29 August. Speeches were delivered at the event by Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman of the Maecenas Universitatis Corvini Foundation, the maintainer of the University, and by Előd Takáts, Rector.
Speaking to future economist colleagues, Mihály Varga said:
We live in the age of challenges, when previous principles regarding economic development prove false, and the power centres of the world are shifted.
He added that Hungarian higher education had to adjust to economic and labour market demands, to research and development and innovation processes and to the challenges of the future, all at the same time. The Government offers significant help to this work, the objective is
to make sure that our universities play their parts well: on the one hand, they should be the cradles of new ideas, and on the other hand, they should measure themselves to world leaders in the respect of the transferred knowledge.
Mihály Varga explained that looking at it from the Government’s side, the point in changing the management model is to give more free space to education and research, offer proper remuneration for quality work, and remove as much administrative burdens as possible from the universities. He pointed out that – in spite of opposite rumours – the transformation will not make the financing of universities uncertain, quite the contrary, it will be stronger.
Zsolt Hernádi, the Chairman of the Curatorium of the Maecenas Universitatis Corvini Foundation congratulated the freshmen who were admitted with record high point limits this year.
This university is one of the best universities in the country. Use the opportunity, build your system of connections and try to find an area where you will be the best… You have done the first step, because you have been admitted to this University. We can only congratulate on that, as there were programmes where the point limit was 70 points higher than in the same programmes of other large universities. The fact that you are here proves that you are the best of your generation, and as you are all equally talented, this is a great opportunity to learn from each other, too.
He added that the Foundation had been established and the transformation of the University had started in a way that the Corvinus could be the training centre of the newly emerging Hungarian elite.
This is misunderstood by a lot of people, as they think that we admit the elite. This is not true, we want to train students to be the elite. We want you to be the ones who advance this society.
Előd Takács, the Rector of the Corvinus University spoke about the ingredients of successful walks of life:
Talent – opportunity – responsibility. When they are all present – the talent you have in yourselves, the opportunity given by the University and the responsibility that is developing now in you – then that will be the real performance, the real success.
The Rector, with an outstanding international economist career, mentioned his own years at the Corvinus. He said that in the past 20 years, when he worked abroad, never for a minute did he feel that the knowledge he had received at the Corvinus would not be competitive by international standards. In fact, Előd Takáts finds the Colleges for Advanced Studies and the student organisation system of the Corvinus quite unique in the world.
Pursuant to traditions, the freshmen took a solemn oath at the ceremony, and thus officially became university citizens.