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February 8, 2023

Dispute about Hungarian department at UMF Targu Mures, resumed

The University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF) in Targu Mures definitively won the lawsuit in which the Hungarian Association for Medical and Pharmacy Preparation in Romania requested the cancelling of the University Chart, as the UMF leaders appealed to the Hungarian professors to reconsider their resignations. On November 21, 2011, the Hungarian Association attacked the UMF Chart at the Mures Tribunal, accusing that the document does not observe the items in the Education Law on education in minorities’ languages, more precisely that a department in Hungarian is not created. Friday, pro-rector Szilagyi Tibor of UMF Targu Mures and two pro-deans, Frigy Attila and Sipos Emese submitted their resignations from their positions, as Szilagy said the talks with UMF leaders might resume if some “essential problems” regarding the Hungarian language teaching are reopened.
The talks on creating a separate Hungarian department at UMF Targu Mures, held last week in the presence of Minister Mihnea Costoiu failed, as UMF rector Leonard Azamfirei said the points of view of UMF leaders and the Hungarian teachers “remain divergent.”
On the other hand, representatives of the Hungarian Popular Party in Transylvania (PPMT) make political pressure to create this department of teaching in Hungarian, as the leaders of the party asked for the resignation of vice-PM Kelemen Hunor and of secretary of state with the Ministry of Education Kiraly Andras, unless they can solve, by the end of this university year, the problem of creating departments in Hungarian at UMF Targu Mures.

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