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Center for International Higher Education Studies


The research center focuses on international and domestic trends in higher education. We analyse both the sectoral and the institutional level. Among Hungarian higher education researchers, we are the only research center that investigates issues of management and financing, but we also study other topics, such as academic freedom, the social roles of universities, the Bologna process and its effects, and the evolution of the training structure.

Model change in Hungarian higher education

Our latest research on higher education system shaping Hungarian institutional practice focused on 1) institutional governance, operation of boards (in international comparison), 2) financing contracts, performance contracts at home and in international practice and 3) analysis and overview of legal status changes, HR practices, TÉR systems that took place during the model change. Research followed qualitative methods (document analysis/interviewing) combined with (cross-sectional) survey measurement. We concluded that research related academic freedom is important.

Corvinus University of Budapest


Head of Research Center

Kéri Anita (SZTE)

Vilmanyi Marton (SZTE)

Rónay Zoltán (ELTE)

Molontay Roland (BME)

Derényi András (Nincs affiliáció)

Keczer Gabriella (SZTE)

Kádár-Csoboth Péter (IFUA, PE)

Polónyi István (WJE)

Bodnár Tekla (MOME, MAB)


Keczer G. – Kováts G. – Rónay, Z. (2022) Innovációk a felsőoktatás-menedzsmentben? – Az egyetemvezetés trendjei és a hazai megoldások.

In: Rónay Zoltán, Fazekas Ágnes, Horváth László & Kálmán Orsolya (szerk.) Tanulmánykötet Halász Gábor tiszteletére. Budapest: ELTE PPK – L’Harmattan Kiadó, pp. 153–180

Hungarian Educational Research Journal.

Kováts, G. – Rónay, Z. (2021): Academic Freedom in Hungary.

 Vienna: OSUN Global Observatory on Academic Freedom, Wien.

Rónay, Zoltán – Niemczyk, Ewelina K (2022): Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom in the Light of National Regulatory Frameworks: Glance at Hungary and South Africa.

In: Towards the Next Epoch of Education, BCES Conference Books, 2022, Volume 20. Sofia: Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, pp.209-215.

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Previous partnerships

Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun (Poland)

Charles University, Prague (Czechia)


The peculiarity of our research center is that it operates as an open network, several members work at other universities (or at other research organizations).

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