Statements of Support

CEU and academic freedom are under threat in Hungary today. CEU is heartened by the flow of public statements of support for the University and for academic freedom in Hungary.

Here's a brief summary of events to date:

On April 4, 2017, without consulting with CEU, the Hungarian Parliament passed amendments to the Higher Education Law of Hungary that effectively forces CEU to cease operating the way it has been for 25 years. On April 10, President Janos Ader signed the bill into law, disregarding arguments by prominent Hungarian law professors calling the law unconstitutional, and the demand of tens of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets in Budapest calling on Ader to reject the bill.

Since the tabling of the legislation, CEU has received a flood of support from international and domestic academic circles including 19 Nobel prize laureates, EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas, the president of Germany, the presidents of Harvard, Duke, NYU, Princeton, Yale, Oxford and several others, the International Association of Universities and thousands of researchers and professional organizations worldwide, as well as students and colleagues in Hungary, among them the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, rectors of major universities and large student organizations. The United States Department of State has expressed its clear support for CEU and for academic freedom, as has the government of Germany. The European Commission has called for a review of the legislation, which raises concerns about a core European value.

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Statements of Support

Note: sorted alphabetically by title. Use the search bar (top right) to find individual letters.

23 további egyetem vezetői írta alá egy Orbán Viktor miniszterelnöknek címzett levelet, melyben kérik a magyar kormányt, hogy ne teremtsen olyan feltételeket, amelyek lehetetlenné teszik a CE

Twenty-eight member groups of IFEX, the global network of organizations promoting and defending freedom of expression, have signed a

A budapesti székhelyű CEU nemcsak nemzetközi viszonylatban jelentős intézmény, hanem a magyar tudományos életnek is fontos műhelye, tevékenysége a magyar társadalomra is nyitott és annak javát is s

A Debreceni Egyetem oktatói, kutatói, dolgozói és hallgatói közül eddig 89-en írták alá az Egyetem veztőihez írt levelet, melyben kezdeményezik, hogy "az Egyetem egésze, illetve egysége

Adam Bodnar lengyel ombudsman, aki a CEU-n végzett 2001-ben, felszólította a lengyel tudományos közösséget, hogy álljon ki a CEU mellett.

A Magyar Idegtudományi Társaság (MITT) Elnöksége nyílt levében állt ki a CEU mellett.

Lovász: A CEU nagyon jelentős tudományos centrum, nemzetközi oktatási intézmény. Jó, hogy Budapesten működik.

"A felsőoktatási törvény módosításáról

A Rajk László Szakkollégium a következő pontokban szeretne reagálni az elmúlt napok eseményeire:

The Central European University established its reputation as a leading world research institution and graduate school.

Our express desire as the AE, is always to see excellence supported and academic collaborative endeavour promoted within all the countries of Europe.

We are a group of international scholars who respect and admire the academic excellence of the CEU, the great contributions that the Central European University has made to Hungarian and European s

Academics at the University of Manchester have collaborated with CEU since its inception.

We, the undersigned academics at the University of Amsterdam, want to alert the European academic community to this development and call upon everybody to sign the petition to save CEU

AFEW International is writing to express solidarity with the Central European University (CEU).

Al-Quds University believes that the sacrosanct mission of academic institutions in disseminating knowledge can only be pursued when academic freedom is fully guaranteed and protected.

IN SUPPORT OF THE EUSP AND CEU! The Aleksanteri Institute expresses its strong support for the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) and the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

We consider the proposed legislation a fundamental threat to basic and internationally valid principles of conducting science and research, including scientific excellence, self-governance and acad

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Group leader, said: “ We stand with all the Hungarian citizens that marched this weekend in Budapest to oppose their Government's illiberal crackdown on the Central European U

As the Allianz Cultural Foundation Alumni Network, we are writing to express our solidarity with Central European University (CEU).

Not only contributing to the knowledge, education and intellect of Mongolia, in international rankings, some of CEU's departments are rated among the top 50 in the world.

CEU itself is a wonderful example for us to follow – a young institution which quickly gained international recognition and rankings for the quality of its students, teachers, research and social c

As the elected leaders of the two major scholarly organizations for the academic study of Jews and Judaism in North America, the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Academy for Jewish R

AAA joins its voice with many others in calling for the immediate withdrawal of this legislation and for allowing CEU to remain a beacon of academic freedom throughout Europe and, indeed, the world

"The American Federation of Teachers expresses its solidarity with the faculty, students, education support staff and administration of Central European University in their battle for independence

"This evisceration of the work of CEU would deprive Hungary, Europe, and the world of a valuable intellectual resource.

We are writing to express our deep concern about proposed legislative changes to the status of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary.  These changes could threaten the academic freedom

I write as the President of the American University of Rome, and as an academic who has twice taught at the Central European University (CEU).

CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and its presence in Hungary has added to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the international stage.

Az Amnesty International Magyarország is a CEU-val van: mert nagyon fontos, hogy szabadon lehessen tanítani és tanulni; mert nagyon sok olyan roma diáknak adtak lehetőséget, akiknek senki más; mert

The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies (AIAS) of the University of Amsterdam condemns such an attack and calls on the Hungarian government to safeguard independent research and a

Central European University is firmly part of the Hungarian academic and collegiate community.

If CEU had to stop its operations in Hungary for any reason whatsoever, this would be a great loss for the entire Hungarian higher educational system, for Budapest as a science location, and in par

On the one hand, we consider it crucial for education and universities to be independent of political will, on the other, we consider high scientific standards that CEU represents and shares exampl

As the leading organization working on freedom of expression ARTICLE 19 respectfully urges the government of Hungary to review the legislative changes to the status of the Central European Universi

Miskolc is hallatja a hangját a CEU melletti szimpátiáját kifejezve.

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is writing to express our alarm at the proposed legislative changes to the status of the Central European University in Hungary.

CEU is a world leader in academic research and teaching. Moreover, CEU is a vital hub of nationalism scholars and scholarship, with a dedicated nationalism studies programme.

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is deeply concerned about the threat that the proposed bill presents for the survival of CEU in Hungary.

We have strong relationships with the CEU and benefit from their high expertise in our field. The scholars from the CEU are enriching significantly the discussion and scientific results.

The VSNU supports this call by the EUA and underlines the importance of autonomous universities in society.

In addition to being a violation of academic freedom, the new legislation is discriminatory, as several of its passages target only CEU and was passed without regard to due procedure.

Az Affektív Pszichológia Tanszéke honlapjukon közzétett nyilatkozatban állt a CEU mellé.


A CEU a rendszerváltás óta a hazai felsőoktatás része. Egyszerre magyar és nemzetközi intézmény, a régiónk egyik kiemelkedő tudományos központja.

"Az ELTE Irodalomtudományi Doktori Iskolájának programvezetői szolidaritást vállalnak a CEU-val, a  magyar  felsőoktatási  struktúrába  szervesen  illeszkedő,  kiváló  eredményeket  felmutató,  koo

Some of us and many of our colleagues and graduates completed their studies at CEU.

Balliol College joins the Vice-Chancellor of the University in supporting the CEU in Budapest.

The scholarly journal Baltic Worlds, as well as the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University share the concern on the development in Hungary and wish to support CEU.

"CEU is a beacon of academic quality and openness and a central hub in our network of partner institutions ...

The faculty of Bard College has issued a statement in support of Central European University.