CEU Complies with Lex CEU on U.S. Educational Activities, Calls on Hungarian Government to Sign Agreement with New York State

Budapest, May 15, 2018 -- With the announcement of the departure of the Open Society Foundations from Budapest, Central European University (CEU) reaffirms its determination to remain in Budapest and to fulfill its teaching and research mission in the city that has been our home for the past 26 years.

Recently there have been signs of progress. On April 13, senior Hungarian officials visited CEU’s academic site at Bard College in the State of New York and conducted talks with CEU leadership. Officials from the New York State Education Department were also present. As a result of this visit, CEU believes we are now in full compliance with the lex CEU requirement to conduct educational activities in the U.S. The only remaining step to resolve this issue is for the Government of Hungary to sign the agreement with the State of New York that has been on the table since September 2017.

“We have fulfilled our obligations under lex CEU and now it is time for the Government of Hungary to fulfill theirs,” said President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. “CEU cannot go into another academic year in a situation of legal uncertainty. We call on the government to sign the agreement without further delay.”

COLLEEN SHARKEY | International Media Relations Manager

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