The joint article of Prof. Dr. Erzsébet Németh, Director of the State Audit Office of Hungary (SAO) and Cecília Vida, Project Manager of the SAO, titled „Higher Education in the Light of Change – Competition, Quality, Performance” was published in the latest issue of the Hungarian Accreditation Review.
The article which was published in Hungarian and English under the cooperation of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (MAB) and the State Audit Office of Hungary (SAO), summarizes the SAO’s „Higher Education in the Light of Change – Competition, Quality, Performance” analysis of 2021. The focus of the analysis was on presenting the changes in the Hungarian higher education since 2012, reviewing and evaluating the measures taken to improve competitiveness and the quality of education.
One of the main goals of the SAO is to reach the widest possible readership with the research results and conclusions of the analysis, thus it is a success that the article was published in the official journal of one of the most important professional institutions of the Hungarian higher education, the MAB.
The Hungarian Accreditation Review’s readers can learn about the objective of the SAO's analysis, which is to identify the relevance of “competition, quality, performance and success” defined in the higher education strategy based on the examination of the higher education system’s performance. In addition, the paper briefly presents the medium-term strategic performance indicators of the higher education development, the initial values, the changes achieved and the future objectives. The SAO experts summarize that:
- the achievement of the objectives was supported by the changes in the regulations and the measures taken to establish a quality-managed sectoral operation,
- the structure of the trainings was in line with the educational policy goals,
- the training structure of higher education has been adapted to the needs of the labour market, and
- the regional role of universities has been strengthened.
In addition, the authors point out that dropping out and the extension of study time pose significant additional costs and mental burdens at both national and individual levels. The causes of dropping out are multifaceted, and their investigation is essential for planning a professional and effective intervention.
The Hungarian diplomas are valuable. The degree obtained ensures a stable position in the labour market, the domestic graduate wage surplus is one of the highest among the EU Member States, but there are significant differences in terms of employment in graduate jobs and graduate wage surplus. This also shows that in order to increase the efficiency of the use of public funds spent on higher education, it is necessary to measure the level of input and output knowledge, measure effectiveness and ensure quality.
The article also contains the location of the full analysis, so that the readers can get to know the full research of the SAO.
In addition to the publication of the article, in the cooperation of the two institutions Prof. Dr. Erzsébet Németh presented the results of the research, the current situation and future challenges of Hungarian higher education to the experts in the field within the framework of the online webinar “Quality Challenges and Opportunities in the Higher Education” organized by the MAB.