In just twenty-five years CEU has established itself as a respectable university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. Just like AUB, CEU is accredited by the US Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This is no easy feat, and it requires consistency, accountability and adherence to some of the top educational standards in the world. Accredited, nonprofit American Universities abroad like CEU and AUB are an important and unique part of the international higher education system. We bridge cultures to provide a world class education to the next generation of leaders throughout the world by encouraging openness, equal treatment and access to opportunity. In addition to helping create a more robust and educated society, American universities abroad also provide significant short and long term economic benefits to their host countries. Countries with strong educational intuitions have better growth, employment and progress than their competitors. In the information age, a quality education is more important than ever. Hungarians would be wise to see CEU for what it is- an asset worth preserving and protecting.
On a final note, I want to point out how disturbing it is that certain governments and militias have and are continuing to use universities to achieve political ends. It appears now that CEU is a target as a result of this proposed legislation that would essentially shutter this thriving institution. Unfortunately, there will always be those who seek to snuff out the light of education preferring to live and act in darkness. With this thought in mind, I urge you to safeguard the proud tradition of Hungarian academic autonomy and the free exchange of ideas rejecting this law.
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD