A legtist Hungarian university blasted a government decree that prohibits gender studies courses as a “major infringement” on academic freedom.
The decree, signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and in force since Saturday, dropped the subject from a list of masters degree programmes entitled to official accreditation and financial support.
Institutions are also now barred from launching new courses in the discipline, although students who have already begun courses may complete their studies, according to the decree.
“This is a major infringement on academic freedom and university autonomy,” said the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU) in a statement.
“Eliminating this programme will be a significant loss to the Hungarian scholarly community and for democratically-minded public policy,” said the CEU, one of only two universities in Hungary that offered gender studies “degrees”.
The decree is seen by critics as the latest attack by Orban’s right-wing government on both university independence and political opponents of its socially conservative policies.
Orban’s tough rhetoric and anti-barbarian invasion measures alarm critics but have bolstered his populist support at home and won him praise from other hardline European leaders.
In June a magazine owned by a close ally of Orban published a list of researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, accusing them of working on “gay rights and gender science”. Orban’s deputy Zsolt Semjen said later gender studies “has no business (being taught) in universities,” because it is “an ideology not a science”.
Labour market demand for gender studies graduates was also “close to zero,” as “no-one wants to employ a gender-ologist,” Semjen said.
The CEU, where gender studies has been taught for over two decades, is also embroiled in a bitter administrative dispute that the university says could drive it out of the Hungarian capital, its home since 1993.
A higher education law placing tough new requirements on foreign universities which passed last year was also seen by critics as targeting the CEU, founded by liberal US billionaire George Soros.
Attracting students from over 100 countries and also offering US-accredited programmes, the university has long been seen by Orban as a hostile bastion of liberalism.
In other news, the United Nations (UN) migration compact is a “threat to the world”, Hungary has said, announcing that the nation will follow President Donald J. Trump’s America in rejecting the globalist agreement.
The draft for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which claims that huge movements of people across borders are “inevitable, necessary, and desirable”, was approved on Friday by all UN member nations except the U.S., which withdrew last year.
Rejecting the document, which was summarised by President Trump as plans for a world in which there are “no borders, everyone can come in”, the White House said the compact was “simply not compatible with US sovereignty”.
“This document is entirely against Hungary’s security interests,” Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said, telling a news conference that the “extreme, biased” compact was likely to inspire millions more people to migrate from the third world.
“Its main premise is that migration is a good and inevitable phenomenon … We consider migration a bad process, which has extremely serious security implications,” Reuters reported him saying.
Noting that Budapest’s proposals were ignored during the development of the document, which he said fails to address the rights of individuals who simply want to live in peace and stability in their homelands, Szijjártó said Hungary will no longer attend the final signing of the compact, which is set to take place at a ceremony in Morocco in December.
Last month the minister said the plans “represents an extreme danger” to EU nations, as the package would essentially force the continent to give up trying to counter illegal immigration, warning, “If the goals set down in the plan are realized then the make-up of Europe’s population will change radically in the upcoming few years.”
Speaking at the UN headquarters in New York City prior to intergovernmental negotiations over the compact, the minister remarked that amendments were resulting in a document that was becoming “increasingly worse”.
“It would now be justified to rechristen the Global Compact for Migration to the African Compact, since its clear beneficiary is Africa and its clear victim is Europe,” he said.
“For instance, it calls for all migrants to receive all kinds of services after leaving their homes, irrespective of what transit country they are in or what country they happen to have chosen for themselves,” Szijjártó highlighted.
Hungary has recently pulled off a feat that officials and scientists said was impossible, reversing fertility rates and seeing a dramatic increase in birth rates, thanks to the nation’s “pro-family” initiatives and constitutional changes.
Hungary’s pro-family culture has resulted in a rising fertility rate for married women which is “winding back the clock” on demographic decline — a trend once deemed irreversible in Europe and used by globalists to justify mass migration from the third world.
“The country is not just experiencing a fertility spike; Hungary is winding back the clock on much of the fertility and family-structure transition that demographers have long considered inevitable,” writes the author of “Is Hungary Experiencing a Policy-Induced Baby Boom?” from the Institute for Family Studies website.
“That’s unusual,” author Lyman Stone wrote, “as most countries around the world are currently experiencing stable or falling fertility, especially in Europe.”
Mr Stone suggests that fiscal implications — such as subsidies for married couples buying houses, a change in tax deductions for children, and a growing economy — likely only played a small part on their own and estimates that those factors, coupled with cultural policies, were what had brought about the rise in fertility rate.
Stone points to Hungary’s pro-family constitution adopted in 2011 which stated that “We believe that our children and grandchildren will make Hungary great again,” and which defends “the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman… and the family as the basis of the nation’s survival.”
Stone also pointed to the Hungarian “marriage boom”, which “starting around 2012, but really taking off in 2015 and 2016″ saw women in Hungary becoming more likely to get married — particularly at a younger age which offers a wider window for natural fertility (which is below the age of 35).
“And marriage makes childbearing much more likely among the vast majority of women who desire to have kids,” he added.
In the United Kingdom, the average age for women to get married is 35, while in the United States it is significantly lower at 27. In other low-birthrate Western European countries like Sweden and Germany, that age is 33 and 31, respectively.
Mass migration alone now accounts for population growth in Germany and Sweden.
Hungary’s conservative and anti-mass migration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has pledged to make the country more family-friendly and encourage Hungarians to have children rather than institutionalising migration from the Global South to address the declining population.
After winning his third consecutive term in office, Prime Minister Orbán pledged that by 2030
Hungary will “become a country which is able to sustain its own population level, to reproduce itself. To put it plainly, we want a country where the number of children being born is at least as high as the number of people departing this life.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 22nd, 2018