new period of Hungarian higher education in Transcarpathia started in 1993 when
the Foundation for the Transcarpathian Hungarian College (FTHC) was founded,
the aim of which was to establish an independent Hungarian Teachers’ Training
College in Transcarpathia. After the FTHC had entered into a contract with the
Ministry of Culture and Education of Hungary and the György Bessenyei Teachers’
Training College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Hungarian teacher training was started
in Berehovo, Transcarpathia in 1994, the financial guarantees of which were
created by the FTHC, the personal expenses were covered by the Ministry of Culture
and Education of Hungary, and the lecturers were provided by the György Bessenyei
Teachers’ Training College of Nyíregyháza. Until the authorization of the independent
Transcarpathian Hungarian Teachers’ Training College in September, 1996, the
‘cover-name’ of the program was Beregszász Special Training. It functioned as
a transferred department training nursery school and primary school teachers,
and teachers of English and History and English and Geography.
The Transcarpathian Hungarian Teachers’ Training College held its first official opening session in 1996. It has four tiers: primary school teacher, English–Geography, English–History, History–Geography. The official language of instruction is Hungarian. The Transcarpathian Hungarian Teachers’ Training College is the first independent higher educational establishment beyond the frontiers of Hungary.