Tuesday, 1 December 2015


Foreground and background

Circular letter

Like will have many who read this posting, yesterday teatime I received a circular email from Andrea Zsebe, the new Rector of the András Pető College. For any who did not, here is the letter –

Dear Partner,

I send you my greetings in my capacity as Rector of the Andras Peto College.

I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your dedication to conductive developmental work and for your confidence in our institution.

I would like to reassure you that, subject to my possibilities as Rector, we shall consider your suggestions or proposals concerning conductive education and send feedback to your communications, questions and requests in a short time as we deem every international cooperation, exchange of experiences and joint innovation important.

You are kindly requested to send your electronic messages from now on to rector.zsebe@peto.hu.

To access us over the telephone please continue to use the number +36 1 224 1519.

The staff of the Rector’s Office, Beata Hampuk, Head of Office and Gabriella Foldine Nemeth, specialist translator will be pleased to respond to your communication.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Zsebe PhD
Conductor, College Professor

Copies were also circulated in German. I do not know about other languages.

A background item

Coincidentally perhaps, an hour later I received message via Facebook from the magazine HVG, drawing my attention to the following article in yesterday's edition:

The item is in Hungarian but HVG is a well written publication that fares well in Google Trannslate. It examines in considerable statistical detail the situation of Hungarian higher education in the light of serious budget cuts. This offers some context to the concluding sentence in the summary of Andrea Zsebe's Welcome Speech published yesterday on Conductive World
The Rector noted that the work being done both in public and in higher education requires additional funding.

HGV's article is a critical analysis of Hungarian data in this year's edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators, the annual authoritative source of accurate information on the state of education around the world. The OECD's full report is in English, with summaries available in 25 languagers:

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Anonymous Andrew Sutton said...

A correction, from Facebook –

Tunde Rozsahegyi: Andrew, the HVG article is not about higher education, but about the education system as a whole. The stats refers to the average amount of money spent on a person from compulsory education to the end of completing their studies. Sad statistics indeed...

Andrew Sutton: Thanks, Tünde, I misstated it. I do hope that others noticed too. My general point, however, I think stands, that in Hungary as in many countries education is is a financial vice as both as a whole and in microcosm it just does not have the financial resources to meet aspirations, at any level. And squeezed and squeezed in the middle, in Budapest as in Wolverhampton, are the people, the teachers and the learners... Yes, sad.



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