Hungary has ended funding for gender studies degrees at its universities, citing low enrollment and saying the field of study is an “ideology, not a science.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a decree that went into effect Saturday, effectively eliminating the degree program, according to Reuters.
The decree removes gender studies from the list of approved master’s programs. Students already enrolled are allowed to remain in the program.
“The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women,” Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said in August. “They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area.”
Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said gender studies “has no business in universities” because it is “an ideology, not a science,” according to Agency France-Press.