Balint Magyar

Member, Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology
 Former Minister of Education (1996-1998; 2002-2006)

Dr. Magyar obtained his MA in History and Sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Having started his career as a researcher (1977-1990), he was a member of the Democratic Opposition as well.

He has become a member of the Hungarian Parliament in 1990 and served on several parliamentary committees until 2010. Appointed Minister of Education and Culture (1996-1998, re-appointed Minister of Education and Science, 2002-2006), he initiated and carried out public and higher education reform process. Made a move towards competency based education,  initiated a schoolnet program for spreading digital literacy, directed the introduction of the Bologna process, modernised the management and business structure of higher education institutions, and carried out a huge PPP program renewing the infrastructure of HEIs. He developed and passed the Act on Innovation, set up an Innovation Fund and founded the National Office for Research and Technology. He was Vice President of the National Development Council under the direction of the Prime Minister (2006-2008) and Secretary of State for Development Policy (2007-2008).

Dr. Magyar is currently a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and a Strategic Consultant of the Financial Research Plc.  at Budapest.

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