Today CEU's valued partner in Myanmar, the Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Education and Health, sent a letter to Hungarian President Janos Ader in support of CEU.
"I have had the privilege of working with the Central European University since 2011, and they are a trusted partner with us and other organisations who are together seeking to effect the transformation of higher education in Myanmar. This is a priority for the new government of Myanmar, as laid out in their recent plan for the reform of the education sector. I have worked with CEU on the reform of Yangon (Rangoon) University, the first among Myanmar's academic institutions. CEU have been and remains an essential partner in a project that has the support of the Myanmar government at every level," writes Dr. Michael Marett-Crosby, trustee of the Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Education and Health.
"Myanmar has lived under authoritarian military rule for many decades. The freedom to think, study and teach are highly prized. They are the invaluable but still perilous achievements of the country's transition towards democracy. I cannot but view with the most profound concern amendments to the law that limit the freedoms of the Central European University, and I write to urge you, with all respect to your constitutional position, to refrain from signing the Bill that is before you, and to refer it to the Constitutional Court of Hungary," Marett-Crosby concludes.
For more on CEU's partnership with Myanmar universities, watch this video.
The complete letter is attached.