CEU is One of the Great Stories of Higher Education Today, Says Chair of Evaluation Team

January 16, 2019

Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University, and Chair of the Middle State Commission on Higher Education Evaluation Team has recommended that CEU be re-accredited for another four years as a US higher education institution.

Speaking to a packed auditorium, President Daniels congratulated CEU on having--in the team’s assessment--”successfully met all Middle States Commission on Higher Education standards of accreditation and requirements of affiliation". Hailing CEU as "one of the great stories of higher education today", the Chair shared areas that struck his team as particularly outstanding.

Clear to the 8-strong team was CEU’s impact, as evidenced by the numbers, quality, and diversity of students it has attracted from this region and across the globe, and by the university’s “demonstrated success in equipping CEU students for more meaningful and successful leadership across the walks of life.”

The team recognized CEU’s dedication to the development of robust education offerings and focus on learning-centered teaching that helped to place CEU in the top 51 - 100 universities in the QS world rankings by subject 2018 in history, philosophy, political science, social policy, and sociology and top 200 in economics and law. The team was equally impressed by what President Daniels called the university’s “prolific scholars,” noting that in academic year 2017-18 alone they raised nearly €7.5 million in external grants. Since CEU became eligible for European funding in 2004,  the university has won 16 European Research Council grants and over 120 externally funded collaborative research projects.

Praising CEU as an institution that has offered since its founding some 28 years ago such a record of strength and success in graduate training and research across the humanities and social sciences, President Daniels concluded by saying CEU “stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.”

The accreditation process involved stakeholders from across the university, including faculty, administration, and students, engaging in conscious self-reflection. CEU submitted its Self-Study Report in December 2018. The team’s findings will now be submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Commission decision is expected in June.


  1. Central European University, founded in 1991, is a new model for international education, a major convener on contemporary economic, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights. CEU today is a global institution of graduate education in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management, environmental studies, government and public policy, with students from over 100 countries, and a faculty drawn from major universities across the world.
  2. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) "through accreditation, mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards, which are addressed in the context of the mission of each institution and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited institutions."
  3. The MSCHE is responsible for accrediting institutions of higher education in the Middle States region of the United States (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  4. CEU was first accredited by the MSCHE in 2004. For further information on CEU's accreditation status and history, see CEU's profile in the MSCHE institutional database.