Sides Disagree at EP Debate on Involvement of Political Influence at SZFE Standoff

Sides were in disagreement at a European parliamentary debate about whether political parties are influencing the current standoff at the Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE). Attila Vidnyánszky, head of the board of a foundation that took over the university on Sept. 1 under a government decree, told the CULT Committee on Culture […]

Budapest Court Rules Film, Drama University Staff Strike Unlawful

A Budapest court has declared a strike by staff members of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) unlawful, the Theatre and Film Foundation, which oversees the university, and the institution’s new leadership said. In a joint statement, the foundation and the new leadership noted that the institution’s strike committee had compiled a list […]

Drama Students Stage March for University Autonomy

Students of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) organised a protest march for the autonomy of higher education on Friday, the anniversary of the 1956 revolution. Participants walked from the Technical University on the Buda side to SZFE’s campus in central Pest, where they commemorated the revolution and held speeches. The crowd filled […]

SZFE Chancellor: University Website Hacked

The website of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) has been hacked and is currently unavailable, the university’s recently appointed chancellor said. Gábor Szarka said in a statement that “the problem is being dealt with”. According to press reports, the website has been unavailable since Wednesday afternoon. SZFE’s new leadership had internet services […]

Drama Students Dismiss University Leadership’s Declaration on “Student Republic”

The “student republic” at Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) “cannot be banned”, striking students at the university’s central campus told a press conference. “This is an ideal under which all citizens of the university are considered equal,” the students said, adding that they would go on with the blockade. The university’s new […]