Max Planck Society Supports CEU

April 7, 2017

The Max Planck Society, Germany's most successful research organization comprised of 83 research institutes, expressed its support of CEU and concern about the recent legislation passed in Hungary. 

"As President of the Max Planck Society, I am deeply convinced that science and scientific progress rest, above all, on internationality, openness and the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, transcending boundaries between countries and cultures as well as between scientific disciplines and schools of thought," said Martin Stratmann in a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Minister of Human Capacities Zoltan Balog.

"An internationally renowned and respected academic institution, Central European University has played a crucial role in promoting open scientific discourse and excellent science in Central and Eastern Europe, attracting eminent academics and talented students from the region and indeed from the whole world…. Seeing this institution disappear would constitute a serious blow to academic freedom and scientific development and, at the same time, to the prospects for social and economic well-being in your country and in the European Research Area as a whole,” he said.