Heads of 23 Top Graduate Universities in North America, Europe Express Support for CEU

April 7, 2017

The presidents, chancellors, or vice-chancellors of 23 graduate research universities in North America and Europe expressed their support for CEU and concern about the amendments to the higher education law in Hungary in a joint letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

"In 25 years, Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities," the letter reads, outlining the global nature, high rankings, accreditation system, and independence via the Board of Trustees and the Senate, and its contribution to Hungary's academic life and reputation.

"As concerns CEU, the new legislation is discriminatory in effect and would make the Central European University lose its very character as the binational and international institution that has been shaped through unique United States and Hungarian cooperation over the last 25 years. The changes endanger the academic freedom vital for the CEU's continued operation in Budapest and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries. We respectfully urge the government to bear in mind the damage the legislation might do to Hungary's wellfounded international academic reputation, to its relationships with its European partners, and with the United States."

Signatories:

President Michael Crow - Arizona State University
President Robert Brown - Boston University
President Lee Bollinger - Columbia University
President-elect Martha Pollack - Cornell University
President Renaud Dehousse - European University Institute
President Peter-André Alt - Freie Universität Berlin
President John J. DeGioia - Georgetown University
President Ronald J. Daniels - Johns Hopkins University
President L. Rafael Reif - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
President Christopher Eisgruber - Princeton University
President Frédéric Mion - Sciences Po
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne - Stanford University
President Wolfgang A. Herrmann - Technische Universität München
Chancellor James B. Milliken - The City University of New York
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks - University of California, Berkeley
President Robert Zimmer - University of Chicago
President Mark Schlissel - University of Michigan
Chancellor Carol Folt - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson - University of Oxford
President Amy Gutmann - University of Pennsylvania
Director Stephen Toope - University of Toronto
Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson - Uppsala Universitet
President Peter Salovey - Yale University

The full letter is available in the attachment.