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Maryland, Hungary strike deal that leaves Budapest campus of McDaniel College open

The Baltimore Sun

July 17, 2017


Members of Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet struck a deal Friday with Hungarian diplomats to ensure classes continue at McDaniel College's Budapest campus after the Central European country tightened its regulation of foreign universities.

The agreement was signed in Annapolis and ended "weeks of intense negotiations," the Hungarian foreign ministry said in a statement.

McDaniel President Roger Casey said he was grateful state officials stepped in to protect the college's 22-year-old satellite campus in Budapest.

"I'm just delighted that we worked it out," he said. "This could be a model for the other U.S. states."

The agreement marks the first of its kind between an American state and Hungary, which passed a law in April that threatened the Hungarian campuses of more than 20 universities around the world. Hungarian officials said they continue to negotiate with the states of New York and Massachusetts.

Officials with the Maryland Higher Education Commission did not provide a copy of the agreement Friday. They have described it as a pledge of support for McDaniel's foreign campus.

The Budapest campus of what was then known as Western Maryland College opened in September 1994. Hundreds of students have since studied abroad in the ornate building that served as a Jewish school for the deaf and blind before the Holocaust.

More than 700 students, Americans and others, took classes at the Budapest campus this spring. Students may study all four years to earn an American degree and use their scholarships and financial aid there.