This appears to be a formidable book. The paperback edition weighs over 800 grams, is nearly five centimetres thick and has 602 pages. It’s enough to put you off before you begin. But it shouldn’t! Despite its length and serious context (the years preceding the Second World War, the war itself and the period following), this is a very readable novel, the plot of which carries you through, scene by scene, drama by drama, often in the manner of a thriller.
Take what must be one of the longest trolley-bus rides in the world – from Simferopol to Yalta, a journey of some 90 kilometres – and you first reach the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula at a place called Alushta. From here to Yalta and beyond, a string of Black Sea resorts welcomes thousands of mainly Russian- and Ukrainian-speaking holidaymakers every summer to what is still known as the Russian Riviera, though the peninsula is today part of Ukraine.
“How can a mortal have such a thought?” Professor Gábor Domokos is still amazed when he thinks back to how he was given the idea for the now world-famous gömböc.
The Eurobarometer survey Employers’ perception of graduate employability released last Thursday reveals thatÂ foreign language skills come first among post-secondary graduate employers across Europe when it comes to the next generation of recruits.
Reforms will be introduced in the Hungarian higher education system next year including an increase in funding, the introduction of stricter entrance requirements to universities, a reduction in the teacher-to-student ratio and fewer student representatives on university decision-making bodies.
The International School of Budapest caters for international and Hungarian families wishing to have either an international education based on the English National Curriculum, or a bilingual education in an international environment.Â Reflecting its student population the school raises awareness of needs and support organisationsÂ within Hungary and internationally.
The BME International Secondary Grammar School, founded in 1992, is one of the oldest international schools offering a Hungarian diploma. It has developed a reputation for both academic success and openness with students from over 20 countries, of which more than 95% continue their education in universities all over the world.
A report to be published on Tuesday, 7 December will provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive review of knowledge profiles among 15 year old students across the industrialised world. The three-yearly Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) elaborated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) evaluates competencies in reading, mathematics and science. The focus of this year’s report, which samples 4,500 – 10,000 students per country, will be placed on assessing literacy, and will for the first time include trend indicators showing how results change over time.
SEK Budapest International School is a trilingual, co-educational, private day school offering both national and international challenging educational programmes to Hungarian and expatriate children in Budapest.