More students would be needed in higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), so the government set a goal that by 2030 every second university student will study STEM programs.
A major Hungarian news site reported on the goals of the government: According to Balázs Hankó, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation “The government’s goal is for the share of mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and IT fields in higher education to reach 50 percent by 2030, so every second student would be choosing a STEM course.”
The State Secretary mentioned that the government’s strategic goal is for the country to become one of the top 10 innovators in Europe, with the number of developers reaching 90,000, and for this to happen, research and development (R&D) expenditures relative to GDP must be increased to 3 percent by the end of the decade.
Hungary to become an innovation hub in the field of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is a star discipline in the field of STEM and Hungary has been taking the lead with top-notch innovation projects. Gergely Fábián, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, summarized the results achieved in the field of AI:
Data-based innovation centers based on cooperation between academia, the public sector and industry were established;
Two accelerator centers were established in Debrecen and Zalaegerszeg (ZalaZone) to help startups introduce AI applications.
This year, Hungary’s most powerful supercomputer was handed over in Debrecen (Komondor);
In 2020, the National Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence (MILAB) was established, which brings together interested research institutes as an umbrella organization;
and the Hungarian Startup University Program (HSUP), which supports young innovators, was launched.
As we can see, the Hungarian government is putting emphasis on technology like never before, which gives tech-minded students a fantastic opportunity to study, develop their skills and find employment and develop their careers in their chosen STEM fields.