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.

In the name of the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, I respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation direct

Central European University is an internationally recognized academic institution, deeply integrated into Hungary's academic life, which since its foundation has had diverse academic relationships

We are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at the proposed legislative changes to CEU's status in Hungary.

We are greatly disturbed by the proposed introduction of legislation which will make it impossible for the Central European university in Budapest to continue to operate in its present form.

The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Zurich pledges its unflagging support for CEU.

We are aware that Hungary and the
international community has benefitted greatly from the activities of the CEU. We

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) stands in solidarity with the Central European University (CEU).

Open letter from IAPSS in support of CEU: As the global representation of students of political science and related disciplines, we express our concerns at proposed changes of Hungarian higher educ

The board of the International Association of Hungarian Studies believes that no national academic discipline can be cultivated in isolation.

In my capacity as President of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, an

"It is my personal experience that CEu works on the basis of the universal validity and transferability of high-level knowledge, serving as a platform for intellectual convergence, and cognitive en

"As Hungary passes a bill targeting the Central European University in Budapest, LSE fully endorses a European University Association (EUA) statement calling for European governments to “refrain fr

Having an institution like CEU in this part of the world has made a difference for the intellectual and professional careers of generations of students since the early 1990s.

It is time for friends, supporters, and educational and academic communities to defend our institution and the independence of higher education institutions around the globe.

The New York University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, an organization dedicated to upholding standards of academic freedom in universities world-wide, is writing to

The Reluctant Internationalists research group is deeply alarmed by the law passed recently by the Hungarian government that will effectively shut down the internationally renowned and acclai

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is concerned when proposals are made to reduce academic freedom and the working conditions at universities.

"Congress notes with dismay the attack on the Central European University [CEU] from legislation recently passed by the Hungarian government.

The Rector of the University of Louvain expresses great concern over the possible closure of the Central European University (CEU) as a result of the new Hungarian legislation and he would like to

As Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and a recently elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Central European University, I am writing to express my support for the Central European Univer

On behalf of my fellow Colleagues and Doctoral Fellows (2016-2017) of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, I respectfully urge the government and the Hungarian parliament

The Tom Lantos Institute has cooperated with the Central European University (CEU) in numerous projects.

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies / The New School for Social Research called its Alumni and Friends to support CEU.

Twelve Members of Congress urged Hungary to reconsider the amended higher education legislation in a joint letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orban April 11. 

As concerned citizens in Hungary, Europe, and around the world, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU’s status in Hungary. These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish.

Ukrainian Historians Stand with CEU

Hungary should reconsider recently adopted legislation which appears to be aimed at undermining CEU, UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye and colleagues said in a statement April 11.

The Rector of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México expressed his support for CEU in a recently published statement.

The Rector of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) sent a letter in support of CEU to the President and Rector Michael Ignatieff.

The University of Barcelona firmly believes that the university activity can only be active in a legal framework which respects the essential rights and freedom, among which are freedom of speech,

We express our solidarity with the Central European University!

The Université du Québec à Montréal sent a letter in support of CEU to President Ader signed by the rector, the vice-rectors and the deans of the university.

Mit einem scharfen Protest reagiert die Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz (uniko) auf die offenkundigen Bestrebungen der ungarischen Regierung unter Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán, am kommende

Universities UK has endorsed the European University Association (EUA)

University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies pledges support to save Central European University.

Read the full statement at the link below.

The Master of the University College, Oxford sent a letter expressing their deep concern about the recent legislative action taken by the Government of Hungary which is evidently designed to close

The University Council and Board of the University of Groningen (UG) issued a statement in support of CEU.

Britta Baron, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of the University of Alberta sent a letter of support to CEU. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Faculty of Arts sent a letter supporting CEU, to Mr.

"L'Université libre de Bruxelles se déclare profondément préoccupée par les amendements à la loi nationale sur l'enseignement supérieur votée par le Parlement hongrois en avril"

As prorector of The University of Copenhagen, I am writing to express solidarity with Central European University and to express the university's concern with the agreed legislative changes which w

As academics at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and to express our serious concern regarding Bill T/14686

CEU has played a significant role in educating a new generation of people in Hungary and elsewhere.

As Rector of the University of Konstanz, I would like to express our university's
solidarity with the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

The Central European University has developed a reputation global leader in teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities in a very short time.

The Rector of the University of Louvain expresses great concern over the possible closure of the Central European University (CEU) as a result of the new Hungarian legislation and he would like to

In response to the Hungarian government's proposed legislation which could result in the closure of the Central European University in Budapest, the University of Lucerne, Switzerland would like to