In Hungary, talent management is an issue of national strategy. It is key to have a special institutional system that prepares the political, economic and cultural elite of the future, said Balázs Orbán, chairman of the board of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), at a press conference in Budapest.
We need talented young people who are “committed patriots,” but at the same time they must know the world around them well and understand Hungary’s position and integration into the global environment of today, he stressed.
Balázs Orbán, Parliamentary and Strategic State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that according to their plans, the MCC will also be present in 19 county seats and 16 other Hungarian-inhabited cities in the Carpathian Basin. The goal is to manage about 10,000 young people, which is about four times the current number. MCC currently provides training for talent in middle school, high school, higher education and young graduates.
MCC fundamentally supports the government’s plans to transform higher education, and they are convinced that the renewal and modernization of the university system is important. However, there is a need for a system of talent-development institutions that offers an “accelerator” for the most talented students.
Zoltán Szalai, Director General of MCC, said that MCC is perhaps the only institution in the country that deals with students from primary-school age all the way up through university and in the alumni system afterward. If someone is talented and wants to work or study, their family or school background cannot be a problem. MCC will embrace and give them the extra knowledge and training needed.
MCC offers free personalized training and scholarships as well as international career opportunities and internship programs. Now 25 years old, the institution was transformed into a non-profit trust over the summer, meaning that it has become independent from the state and its original founders.