Zsuzsanna Lampl: Factual picture on higher education, research, and development supports granted to people beyond the border and their utilisation

The author in her study informs about the survey that examined the utilisation of supports granted to higher education and research institutions from 1990 to persons over the border, specifically: the effectiveness of teaching, the Domus-program me and PhD/DLA courses provided at branch departments of Hungarian universities and colleges.

The main reason of the interest in branch departments of Hungarian universities and colleges is that the young people obtain higher education qualification in Hungarian language. Although obtaining a diploma does not automatically guarantee the improvement of job opportunities, partly because they first have to have it accepted, and partly because it is generally known that in Slovakia, except for a few districts, there are few jobs that require higher education.

The reason why PhD and DLA-students decide to pursue their further studies is that they wish to grow professionally, and to obtain the status of a researcher and/or university teacher. They also claim that these studies are important, because in their opinion it gives them professional competency and research experience, therefore they are more optimistic when judging job opportunities than those respondents who attended branch departments. As negative experience they stated poor consulting opportunities, high financial burdens, but most of all tiring commuting, travelling.

The Domus-scholarship students positively evaluated the programme, because it helped them to proceed in their research. They appreciate that they could learn about Hungarian research, accomplish their researches, collect literature, and learn how to use the electronic library, build stable relationships with Hungarian professionals, take part in workshops, and visit Hungarian cultural events.