Novel approach at MOME: a Hungarian university has never selected its rector in this way

Tar Gábor | 2023-01-08
The Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) has announced an open international call to select its next rector. This is not the only novel feature of the competition, as more than eighteen months are devoted to select the new rector.

The Foundation for the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, which maintains the university, has decided to introduce a process for the selection of the university’s next rector that has not been applied in Hungarian higher education before.

The most important new feature is that the competition announced now is international, with the aim of selecting the most suitable new leader for the university without regard to nationality, MOME press release says.

MOME ONE is the site of classic workshops (textile, metal, wood, vehicle). (Photo: Máté Lakos/MOME)

“We are a national institution, while the language of the arts and design is international”, said Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy, chair of the MOME Foundation, discussing the call for applications. In addition to professional experience, the call for applications places significant emphasis on a network of high-level international contacts.

18 months are devoted to select the new rector

The call for applications for the position of rector is also unique in that the MOME Foundation instead of the few months customary in Hungarian higher education, is devoting more than eighteen months to select the new rector.

“The most outstanding professionals plan their advancement several years ahead. It would be pointless to issue an international call without providing adequate time for the applicants” Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy added.

Four MA programmes in English at MOME

We reported earlier that two new English-language MA programmes will be available at MOME from September 2023. Together with the first two English MA programmes launched in September 2022, four English MA programmes will be available at MOME in the next academic year.