Wednesday, 14 April 2010


Not a usual stomping ground
'Prestige and recognition of diplomas in Hungary'

Divat-Trend is a Hungarian fashion magazine. A little mystery on the Internet this week (7 April) has been what Hungarian fashionistas are reading about Conductive Education. It is a mystery in that the site refuses to open (for my computer, anyway), which is intriguing probably for its being irretrievable and in such an unexpected location:

Divat, stílus és minőség fórum blog
Divat ruházat, sztár érzés, stílus és minőség vizsgálati fórumok, érzelmes hozzászólások a blogon, hogy a pamut, modal, lycra, gyapjú, selyem, viszkóz és ...

In English, this means...

Fashion, style and quality forum blog
Fashion clothing, celebrity sensation, style and quality testing forums, sentimental comments on the blog, about cotton, modal, lycra, wool, silk, viscose and …

It is an incomplete fragment that is quoted here because, try as I might, I just cannot get the site to open. I have tried to do so only because Google Blogs tells me that there is an item in here somewhere that apparently mentions Conductive Education –

Diplomák presztízse, elismertsége Magyarországon
A diplomák elismertségének meghatározása összetett feladat. Saját tapasztalatok és a 2010-es Educatio kiállítás után is azt tudom mondani, hogy a...

In English...

Prestige and recognition of diplomas in Hungary
The recognition of diplomas is complex. My experience at the 2010 Education Exhibition permit me to say that...

This item also includes the contact address of Franz Schaffhauser.

Any further information?

This is possibly of no significance at at but, if you manage to get in, it might still be interesting to hear from you what it says. Inter alia, what an intersting contribution to student-recruitment, not at all a usual image for working with the disabled...

Inaccessible links on Google


  1. Lily Mira Auer writes to me on Facebook –

    'There's nothing about training conductors, it's just an article about all Hungarian universities and colleges, names of deans and contact information, our institute included. The list is not even in order of popularity.'

    To which she adds – ·

    'We're a small country, fashion advice and college contact is packed in one neat magazine:)'

    Paradoxical lot, the Magyars (aren't we all, in our own particular ways). They do certainly accord education a remarkably high priority, by UK standards.

  2. I can see how this might look funny!
    Here’s what’s behind it:
    The young Hungarian students whose parents can afford glossy magazines for them to read (that cost a lot more than your lunch) and also things like computers and internet connection in their home are the target market for the higher education industry. The article has its actuality related to the exhibition “Educatio 2010”, during which the colleges and universities exhibit their training courses competing for students. It explains future students that they’re better off choosing a course that is highly prestigious. Some recommended courses are listed at the bottom (these are also the exhibitors to my understanding), including Peto, naming the rektor (dean). According to the article, it’s easier to get accepted for the ‘weak’ courses (which require you to spend the same number of years at college) but those are unprofitable; whereas the prestigious courses guarantee employment and/or high earnings upon graduation, or at least a certain ‘rank’ in society.
    That’s how fashion and Dr. Schaffhauser Franz came to appear on the same webpage.

  3. Ah, thanks, I see, this is a sort of product-placement advertising for courses that (presumably) paid for a stall at the Exhibition.

    I can see analogies with my own country, where schools advertise in the sort of magasines that posh families read ('county magazines', for example).

    What, I suppose, I find surprising is inclusion of such material in a fashion magazine. Then I don't really have much of a personal knowledge base in that quarter...!