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Gender Studies: Hungary Deletes Gender Studies at Universities

The Hungarian government banishes the field of study Gender Studies – also called Gender Studies – from the universities of the country. Like the portal first 444.hu According to a Government Decree dated last Friday, the Master's courses in the subject will be removed from the list of approved programs.

In the updated Regulation, there is only one empty line in the relevant position. "We suddenly disappeared," wrote Andrea Pető, a professor at the Institute for Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, on Facebook. "This is the beginning of a new era in the history of Hungarian higher education."

Already in August, the right-wing conservative government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that they no longer want to allow the subject at universities. She had justified this with the alleged lack of demand for graduates of the courses. Government officials had repeatedly attacked gender research. Among others, they accused her of wanting to undermine the "foundations of the Christian family".

Gender research examines, among other things, how role models are shaped by societies and how social norms determine what is considered male and female. The term gender describes socially constructed gender identities – in contrast to the biologically defined genders.

Currently offer in Hungary the state-owned Lorand-Eötvös-Universität (ELTE) and the private American Central European University (CEU) master courses in gender studies, each with about 20 participants. Both colleges are located in Budapest. The CEU, founded by US billionaire George Soros, is threatened with closure by a new, tailored higher education law.

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