The closure of this centre of excellence would be a disaster for higher education and intellectual life in Hungary and for Europe as a whole. In our subject, philosophy, the small department already has a reputation as providing one of the best PhD programmes in continental Europe. Other departments (e.g. Cognitive Science, Economics) have won themselves exceptionally large numbers of European Research Council grants at all levels, and members of a number of departments have won prestigious international prizes. The quality of the CEU’s academic staff and degree programmes is unquestionable.