Nov 16, 2012

Sh#t hits the fan

Just after commenting on the silly post on Dux Homunculorum, letting known how the Hungarian public education is down a slippery slope, news reached that there is apparently going to be a break-time on most universities from 20 Dec - 6 Jan. Because of deficiency of state funding, they will cancel heating to save money.
The period in which exams are being held to finish classes spans to 16 Dec to 1 Feb. There are usually appointments between 16-23 Dec and 3 Jan onwards. This is, from an optimist point of view, still one week shortage of time during the exam period. Now, a fella like me with 6 exams has little to no chance to put everything right to its place in the calendar. I'm planning to do the two most important exams (civil and constitutional law, both 5 credits) in December, that still leaves me a very uncomfortable amount of time to study for the rest.

Two journals shared the news and quoted the rector of ELTE (teaching history of law in our place btw) so I believe it is now quite official.

Also. Application for the exams will be delayed because the university decided to change the electronic administrative system mid-term. No, they've had the whole summer when flippin' nobody cared but they had to do it in the middle of November, one month til exams start. The new system is utter crap too and the FB pages and forums are full of whining how crap it is. At least three or four other universities use it (it's called Neptun and is as predictable as a darn Greek god) and any student there can tell this is a fact, yet it was advertised as updated and oh-so modern, now it cannot even list my timetable properly etc. etc.
Well, this hasn't got such an importance as the state cut to universities which will apparently get down to the students and we will be the ones who suck the most.

Hungary, Eastern Europe, 2012. First time I seriously considered getting the hell out of here.

Update: The heads of the university and the faculty will make an actual decision on Monday. The assistant secretary of state of education told to one TV channel's news he supports the idea (talking about closing the campus, sending everyone on a mandatory holiday and switching off the heat).

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  1. I hope through perseverance and skill you will weather this storm, Andrew.

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    1. Thank you. I see no way avoiding it now, coping with the changed circumstances and preparing for the worst to come is due.

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  2. I'm no stranger to University cock-ups, but that really takes the mickey. Hope it all works out for you mate, maybe worth putting in a formal complaint somewhere?

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    1. Thank you. Not sure who could deal with this sort of problem.

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    2. Not sure about the state funding, but things directly corresponding to your education, maybe the University Senate (Committee/Ruling Council), or the vice-chancellor in charge of educational matters? The student's union should be looking out for you as well, so might be worth going to them
      (Hope that helps, not sure if the differences between Hungarian and UK universities makes all that pointless...)

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    3. Updated the post in the meantime.
      When the bossest of all bosses (the head of not only the faculty but all faculties) says there is no way around, and the secretary of state nods and says 'good boy' (all my empathy goes to those poor rectors who've had to accept this), there is basically no other authority to turn to; the student council, judging by one Facebook post, is yet trying to figure out what's coming and respond then.

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  3. Good luck, Andrew. I hope they take the circumstances into account when marking...

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  4. You're at the mercy of larger powers here Andrew and that really is hard to deal with. Trying to achieve a life ambition and be a productive member of society and you have to fight tooth and nail to do it. It's wrong and you have my deepest sympathies.

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    1. Thank you. I'd say I hope it can only get better now, but knowing the present govt well, uh, not so sure of it.

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  5. Hope all will work out for you in the end, it has to mess things up for so many. Will they not extend the exam period or shift it back fully as that the damage is reduced?

    Ian

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    1. Thank you. No news about that; I'll figure out on Monday.

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