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

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CEU has been the destination for hundreds of network graduates who have pursued their masters and doctorates in Budapest, a source of outstanding faculty who teach at all of our institutions, and a

A BCE Világgazdasági Intézetének munkatársainak állásfoglalása.

Studenti i alumnisti Beogradske otvorene škole podržavaju Centralno-evropski univerzitet u momentu kada je u mađarskom parlamentu usvojen zakon kojim je onemogućeno nesmetano funkcionisanje ove aka

The liberal arts are predominantly concerned with liberty, since
the pursuit of them makes one not only free in thinking but also free to

The flourishing of the Central European University in Hungary has been an exceptional success story for Hungarian and international academia and one which we would very much regret if it came to an

"Közelről figyeljük a Közép-európai Egyetemmel történteket. Nem hivatalos módon már kifejeztük a kormánynak az aggodalmainkat az egyetemet érintő döntésekkel kapcsolatban.

Within our own field of Jewish Studies, CEU is contributing to the future of the discipline through its degree programmes and research projects, training students and staff to the highest internati

The government's proposed legislation to alter CEU's statute of operation will be disastrous to Hungary's international academic stature.

We are writing on behalf of the British Society for the History of Philosophy (as instructed by that Society's annual general meeting on April 7th) to express our solidarity with Central European U

As Trustees of the British Society of Aesthetics, we are writing to express solidarity with Central

BSA President writes to Hungarian Government over future of Central European University

The Bucharest Center for Political Theory stands with the Central European University in their efforts to maintain the continued functioning of this prestigious institution of higher education in B

We express our strong solidarity with the management of CEU in its struggle to withdraw the amendments to Act CCIV of 2011 and stay in Hungary as free and independent university.

The Budapest Institute is proud to be connected by many ties to Central European University (CEU): the majority of our present and past researchers, including three of our founding partners had stu

The Central European University (CEU) is a significant part of the Hungarian higher education.

We respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary’s well-founded internationa

Norbert Rottgen, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German Bundestag sent a message of support to CEU. 

In view of recent developments in Hungary, we feel the need to reiterate our commitment to defending bastions of academic freedom in Europe and beyond.

On May 4, Isabelle Poupart, Canadian Ambassador to Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued the following statement regarding recent amendments to Hungary’s 2011 law on national higher

The Hungarian leader’s latest target is Budapest’s critical, multicultural Central European University. His illiberal ideology must not be allowed to spread.

We are dismayed with recent political developments in Hungary that propose changes to CEU’s statute of operations within the country. We see this policy as an attack on academic freedom.

We join the vigorous protest from observers around the world: academic, intellectual and political leaders in Europe, the US and other regions who most vehemently object to this assault on the CEU.

On 4 April 2017, the Hungarian Parliament adopted amendments to the country's Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education, in an attempt to force the Central European University (CEU) out of the

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

The Central European University plays an important role in the Hungarian scientific life, and is a core professional partner of the HAS Centre for Social Sciences.

In twenty-five years, Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humaniti

The Center for Theoretical Study (CTS), a joint research institute of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Science, condemns in the strongest terms the legistlation directed at the Central E

We respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary's well-founded internationa

Stredoeurópsky inštitút pre výskum práce zamestnáva alebo zamestnával viacero absolventiek a absolventov Stredoeurópskej univerzity.

Universities are places of free and independent academic exchange. The willingness to engage in dialogue is at the heart of the self-conception of universities.

The member universities of the CENTRAL network wish to declare their solidarity with the prestigious Central European University in Budapest.

CEU alumni in Southeast Asia send a letter to President Ader in support of CEU.

We – the CEU Alumni in the Czech Republic – urge the Czech government to act immediately and stand up for free academic life and in defence of human rights and freedoms in Hungary; to foster a dial

Freedom of studies and science are cornerstones of European higher education.

We, citizens of the University of Debrecen (instructors, researchers, students and other employees), have received the recent news of the measures which endanger the operation of Central European U

The Central European University fulfils a special role in the academic life in our region and Europe as a whole.

The decision by the Hungarian government to impose rules and regulations that knowingly will force CEU to close can be interpreted as nothing but an assault on academic freedom and the free exchang

Committed to academic freedoms and scientific dialogue, we are deeply concerned about the turn in Hungarian educational policies in general, the National Higher Education Act in particular and its

Many of us, members of this group, have had in the past twelve or so years direct and regular contact with members both the Philosophy Department and the Department of Cognitive Science at CEU, bot

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of Universities and as concerned members of the European academic world, I am writing to express solidarity with the Central European Universit

A Bibó István Szakkollégium alapértékei között tartja számon a magas szintű akadémiai munka támogatását, a felsőoktatási intézmények autonómiáját és a demokratikus közéletben való pártpolitizálástó

On April 10, 2017, the President of the Republic of Hungary, Janos Ader, signed into law amendments to Hungary’s national higher education legislation which restrict the academic freedom of CEU and

In the past, EU foreign ministers have rightly criticised government intimidation of academics and students in Turkey, and Russian attempts to close down the European University in St Petersburg.

As a concerned group of citizens in Slovakia, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU's status in Hungary.

The Conference of University Presidents is deeply disappointed by the decisison of the Hungarian authorities that aims at shutting down CEU's educational  and research activities in Hungary

"I respectfully urge President Trump to express to President Viktor Orbán of Hungary to stop the closing of the Hungarian Central European University and withdraw the law that seeks to stigmatize c

In my capacity as co-President of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the USA affiliate of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, I am writing to convey support of