“The student housing issue is one of the biggest betrayals of this government,” Mayor Gergely Karácsony said. mentionned at an online press conference on Sunday, held at the planned and potential location of the large-scale student housing hub. The prime minister’s candidate explained that the biggest problem with Fudan is that he would kick the student city out of the capital’s most interesting development zone.
According to him, the government led by Fidesz “does not only betray the students arriving from the countryside in Budapest. And not just the local government with which they agreed on this project, but in fact themselves as well, as the concept of the student city was one of those happy exceptions to the system of bad relations between the government and the capital where there was finally something we could deeply agree on.
Gergely Karácsony also explained that the construction of the student city would be “extremely important” both for Budapest and for the country as a whole. “We know exactly how few dormitory places there are in Budapest. We know exactly that a significant part of the young people from rural areas who come to Budapest are forced to rent, which is also a very big problem for them. And we know that this also has an unfavorable effect on property prices in Budapest.
And when we say yes to the student town, of course, we also say no to Fudan’s investment. “
Socialist MP (MSZP) Ágnes Kunhalmi, another conference participant, confirmed that in the event of a future Karácsony government, they should take over a large-scale dormitory development program both in Budapest and in outside the capital.
While government forces point out that the University is among the best in the world, many criticize the project. The opposition alliance has also taken a strong stand on the issue.
The main criticisms are that the costly project would be fully paid for by Hungarian taxpayers (Hungary would take out a loan from China) and its costs would be higher than the annual public funding of the entire Hungarian higher education sector. In addition, the tuition fees would be very high for the Hungarian pockets, while the project manager would be a Chinese firm previously. suspected corruption and illegal surveillance on several occasions.
The involvement of China and the Communist Party is also a matter of debate, but the most recent and outspoken criticism has focused on Fudan’s occupation of the space at the expense of the city’s large-scale project. student (which would provide accommodation and support infrastructure to 8,000 students).
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