Rethinking Open Society

"We're a university with a difference and the difference is our open society mission," according to President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. "Over the past 25 years, we've never hesitated to rethink our mission in the light of new circumstances. In the wake of recent world events, CEU's mission is more important than ever. More than ever, we need to stand for open minds and open frontiers at a time when political forces of anger, exclusion and closure are in the ascendant."


Rethinking Open Society

CEU's Rethinking Open Society project launches in January 2017. The project will involve a series of President's Seminars to bring leading thinkers to CEU to examine open society, its history, its achievements and failures during the transitions in our region and its future prospects in a political environment that has turned hostile to its ideals. It will be an effort to subject the ideals of open society to unsparing scrutiny, and answer fundamental questions of our time.

CEU Launches President's Seminar Series to Examine Open Society Ideals Amid Challenges

CEU is launching a President's Seminar series that will examine the ideals of open society in the face of many challenges. CEU was founded in 1991 as democratic change swept across the region, with the mission to promote the ideals of open society, democracy and the rule of law. The following is the text of an announcement of the initiative, sent by President and Rector Michael Ignatieff to the CEU community Nov. 14.