State Secretary Roundtable with Dr. László Palkovics, State Secretary for Education

  • June 29, 2016
On June 16, 2016 the Talent PTF hosted State Secretary László Palkovics from the Ministry of Human Resources at an extraordinary meeting in the AmCham Conference Room. AmCham president Ferenc Pongrácz welcomed the State Secretary and representatives of AmCham member companies.

In 2015 November, AmCham with the support of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) and the Ministry for Human Capacities (EMMI) organized its first “Competitive Education” Conference, where participants worked out numerous recommendations on key issues for a more competitive education system. The essence of these professional discussions was presented in the form of a “19-point recommendation document” to the Prime Minister and members of the Government in February 2016. Andrea Juhos, Talent PTF Co-lead emphasized that this State Secretary Roundtable is a highlight in our dialogue with the Government, as AmCham members could hear firsthand the Government’s feedback on the 19-point recommendations and could learn about the future priorities of education policy makers.

At the meeting, State Secretary Palkovics confirmed that the Ministry is dedicated to transform the Hungarian education system to become competence and project-based, which is key for competitiveness. They are also dedicated to promote and support STEM (fields of science, technology, engineering and math) education, and to enhance labour-market orientation in schools. He shared the Ministry’s plans in several areas, and asked AmCham member companies to support their efforts in bringing practice and real life examples to teachers and students, e.g. in the framework of the recently introduced ‘theme-weeks’ (Témahetek). AmCham members discussed and shared their experiences with the State Secretary also in dual  education. Participants were engaged in a constructive and friendly dialogue, covering a wide range of educational issues important to AmCham members and their relevant impact on companies in Hungary.

AmCham and the State Secretary agreed to further examine several recommendations, to work out details and on joint efforts for implementation.