Scholars At Risk Network Supports CEU

April 13, 2017

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of more than 450 universities and colleges in 35 countries (including CEU) dedicated to protecting the human rights of scholars around the world, and to raising awareness, understanding of, and respect for the principles of academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of expression, opinion, thought, association, and travel. In cases involving alleged infringement of these freedoms, Scholars at Risk investigates hoping to clarify and resolve matters favorably.
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SAR is especially concerned that the proposed legislative changes appear to impact only CEU in this dramatic and harmful way, raising concerns that the legislation is in fact intended to harm the institution. This concern is compounded by evidence presented by CEU that it has at all times operated in compliance with applicable laws, contrary to statements from public officials quoted in the media, and by other public statements that suggest retaliation against CEU for the content of research, publications, and events supported by CEU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Such retaliation would be in clear violation of the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy which are essential to top quality higher education institutions everywhere. Such retaliation would raise concerns not only about CEU, but about the ability of all Hungarian higher education institutions to operate freely and to engage with the global higher education community, undermining the quality of Hungarian higher education and its ability to fully serve the state and society.

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