Drama, Film University Students Vow to Continue Protest Outside Facilities

Students of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) have decided to continue their protest against changes affecting the university outside the university’s facilities, they said in the wake of new restrictions concerning the coronavirus pandemic. The university will switch over to digital education on Wednesday, they said. Under the new restrictions taking effect […]

Film, Drama University to Be Shut Down Until February 1st

The supervisory board of the foundation overseeing Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) has ordered the institution to be shut down from Monday until Feb 1, citing unsuitable conditions for continuing classes, enforcing and protecting student rights and ensuring academic autonomy.   “The supervisory board of the foundation has determined that under the […]

Drama, Film University Students Invite IT Minister for Talks

Students and teachers of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) have invited László Palkovics, the minister of innovation and technology whose purview includes universities, for talks to be held on Nov. 11 at the university’s Ódry Theatre. Students and teachers have held SZFE buildings under blockade since early September and have prevented the […]

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 […]