Who are we?
The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (HRC) is an independent, consultant public corporation with legal personality to represent the whole Hungarian higher education institution system. It is the only such representative organization in Hungary, its members are the rectors of all Hungarian state accredited universities and colleges. The system of Hungarian higher education is very diverse as it comprises state, church, private and foundation financed higher education institutions, however, all of them are represented both in Hungary and abroad by HRC. The conditions of operation of HRC are provided by higher education institutions. HRC is, by virtue of law, a public benefit organization with special legal status to perform also public duties set out in the Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education in connection with its members and to the activities and duties of its members. HRC may deliver opinion on any issue with relevance to the operation of the higher education system and may make proposals for decision-makers or those in charge of preparing decisions.
The Statutes of the HRC include the regulation of operation and establishes a four-level system of organization. The supreme decision-making body of HRC is the Plenary Session, comprising all of the rectors of the Hungarian higher education institutions (65). Operative decision-making and implementation duties are fulfilled by the Presidency with ten members. Special professional issues are discussed by nineteen committees with powers of decision-preparation. The work of all bodies of HRC are supported by the Secretariat headed by the Secretary General.
Most of the activities pursued by HRC are enhancing the efficient co-operation between the universities and the Government and are establishing international collaborations and projects supporting the internationalization of Hungarian higher education.
Why we are participating in the project
Any project with a scope of the entire Hungarian higher educational system can take a huge advantage of collaborating with the Hungarian Rectors Conference, since HRC has active relationships with all Hungarian higher educational institution. HRC realizes “single channel communication”: State Secretary for Higher Education communicates with the institutions through HRC, and the institutions turn to HRC asking to represent their interest towards the Ministry of Human Capacities. As a result of this, all relevant professional higher educational information is available at HRC, which together with the very active network of HRC enables HRC to perform professionally all the tasks in the project, just to highlight a few of them: HRC nominated the most relevant experts to the thematic peer-learning groups, recruited highly relevant stakeholders to the national mirror committee and effectively includes national stakeholders to elaborate policy interventions.