The Advisory Board on the establishment of the Human Rights and Identity Politics MA held its meeting on 9 December at the National University of Public Service to evaluate the proposed course plan of the of the programme and to share best practices regarding international double joint degree programmes.
Dr. Gudmundur Alfredsson, professor of the University of Akureyri and China University of Political Science and Law, Prof. Dr. Joshua Castellino, Dean of the Middlesex University, Prof. Dr. Stefano Bianchini, professor of the Political Science University of Bologna and Dr. Kinga Gál, member of the European People’s Party as members of the Board shared their opinion with the representatives of NUPS and the Tom Lantos Institute.
The proposed master programme is supported by the Hungarian government as well as the international community. The necessity of such a programme has been recognised at all levels, as being unique in the region, thus the government has entrusted the University with the establishment of the programme in a government decree. In the elaboration of the master degree programme NUPS will cooperate with the Tom Lantos Institute based on the existing relation and successful cooperation of the previous years. The institutions have been working together in issues related to minority and human rights, the most significant achievement of which is the Global Minority Rights Summer School, organised in cooperation with the Middlesex University as well. The summer school was organised for the fourth time in 2016.
Besides the support of the Hungarian government, international experts has also agreed on the importance of the proposed MA programme as there is no similar course available in the region. TLI also got a positive feedback from the UN Minority Forum, which encourages the establishment of the programme even better. Based on the previous preparations the Hungarian language programme is planned to be launched within two years.
According to the Advisory Board, the current plans and drafts are promising, therefore the MA course will be a good basis for further cooperation with the Middlesex University as the long term aim is to establish a double degree programme. As a preparation, the participating international experts shared their respective institutions’ best practices in establishing and financing such programmes, with regard to scholarship opportunities and experiences regarding international cooperation.
Currently a memorandum of understanding between the Tom Lantos Institute and NUPS about the cooperation in establishing the Hungarian MA programme is under signature, furthermore the next meeting of the Advisory Board was also scheduled to next spring.