CEU Sets the Record Straight

March 11, 2019

Budapest, March 11, 2019 — "CEU has been forced out of Hungary,” Rector Michael Ignatieff declared today, and “Hungarian government claims to the contrary are false and misleading.” 


As of January 1, 2019, according to lex CEU,  the government’s own legislation, CEU is no longer allowed to accept new students to its US-accredited and world-ranked masters and doctoral programs in Budapest.  In plain language, CEU is being expelled from the city that it has called home for more than 25 years.  While it retains Hungarian accreditation, it cannot operate as a US accredited institution.  As a result, it must move all of its US degree operations to Vienna, beginning in September 2019. 

“Forcing a university out of the country is an attack on higher education and a blow to academic freedom”, Ignatieff said. Even at this late date, however, a solution remains possible. If the government wants CEU to remain in Budapest, then the prime minister should state that CEU's license to operate will not be withdrawn. As long as he refuses to do so, then government statements saying that CEU can remain in Budapest are simply untrue.