On March 31, Professor Ash Amin, Foreign Secretary & Vice President of the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities sent a letter in support of CEU to Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities Zoltan Balog. Amin urges "that significant concerted discussion and open consultation takes place as soon as possible with the Central European University and the Hungarian academic community before the proposed legislative changes go forward further."
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Ash notes CEU's academic excellence and international profile and emphasizes the prestige the University brings to Hungary by winning and administering large research grants.
"[CEU's] academic excellence and international profile is proven in many ways. In particular, the success the Central European University has had in developing and attracting world class Hungarian and international researchers through the European Research Council is of considerable credit to the strong reputation the University has established over twenty-five years since it has been based in Hungary."
Dr. Amin continued, "The flourishing of the Central European University in Hungary has been an exceptional success story for Hungarian and international academia and one which we would very much regret if it came to an end. The legislative proposals that have been put forward jeopardise the ability of the Central European University to continue to flourish within Hungary and with knock-on effects we fear for the strong collaboration researchers from outside Hungary would wish to enjoy with our Hungarian counterparts."
Read the full letter in the attachment below.