Students, teachers protest against dismissals
Students and teachers formed a human chain at Budapest's Corvinus University in protest against the planned dismissal of lecturers on Thursday.
Balazs Nemes, one of the organising students, said it was "not right to dismiss a quarter of the lecturers", most of whom are highly qualified academics.
On behalf of the teachers, Daniel Deak said universities were "suffering" at the hands of the government's higher educational policy, and called on it to come up with a predictable policy based on negotiations and a clear concept. Universities should be treated as equal partners, he added.
Deak said the fact that Cornivus was being forced to lay off staff due to cuts in central financing was "tragic" and warned that dismissing the "pillars" of the university would threaten the establishment's whole tutorial structure.
Participants held hands and walked around the university building and chanted "we won't let it happen" and "all teachers will stay", before going inside to participate in a protest forum.