Distinguished academic and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Louise Richardson has joined CEU's Board of Trustees and sent a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in support of CEU as it fights to maintain its academic freedom. Richardson was elected to CEU's Board of Trustees on March 19, 2017.
“CEU is an institution of which Hungary can be proud...CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and its presence in Hungary has added to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the international stage. I believe that the government's proposed legislation to alter its statutes of operation in Hungary would compromise its academic freedom, would abrogate prior agreements with and assurances from the Hungarian Government, and would set a dangerous precedent by curtailing the indispensable condition of academic freedom and independence,” Richardson wrote in her letter of support.
Richardson went on to say, “I respectfully urge the government to reconsider this legislation, to bear in mind the damage it would do not only to this admirable university but also to Hungary's international academic reputation, and its long and proud tradition as a home for culture, the arts and intellectual achievement.”
Vice-Chancellor Richardson's letter of support is attached below.
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