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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"The University of Sussex Students’ Union and the University of Sussex would like to express its solidarity and support for the Central European University as an integral part of and a high-ranking

Több munkatársunk is évek óta részt vesz a Közép-európai Egyetem munkájában, s azt tapasztalják, hogy a kiemelkedő szakmai színvonalon túl ideológiai befolyástól mentes szellemi szabadságot élvezne

A Közép-európai Egyetem (CEU) Magyarország nemzetközi mércével mért felsőoktatási kiválóságainak egyike, mely nem csupán oktatási és tudományos teljesítményével, hanem a társadalmi igényekre odafig

I do understand that 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.

Wir sind der Ansicht, dass die Scientific Community zu dieser Situation nicht schweigen darf und sich dafür einsetzen muss, dass diese unabhängige akademische Einrichtung in Ungarn erhalten bleibt.

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.

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.

"I am writing on behalf of the University of Wisconsin–Madison to express concern about legislative changes that jeopardize the status of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary.

"As a University that has strongly supported academics at risk, York stands in solidarity with the international Higher Education community and urges the Hungarian Government to rethink its policy,

The CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and an important center of excellence that forms a particularly significant part of the Central and Eastern European landscape of

The CEU has always been a valued member of the international academic community and is worldwide known as an important centre of excellence shaping the landscape of higher education in Humanities a

The CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and an important center of excellence that forms a particularly significant part of the Central and Eastern European landscape of

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson expressed his support for CEU in a blog post on his website about CEU's founder, American-Hungarian philanthropist George Soros. About CEU, he said:

The Association of German Historians is one of Europe’s largest Associations in Humanities and represents more than 3000 members.

Central European University is widely recognized as one of the region's highest ranked universities in the fields of social sciences and the humanities, a major academic hub which draws in stu

THE FRONT line between liberal values of democracy and the darker forces of authoritarianism can often be found far from government offices, in a civic association or church hall, a newsroom or uni

"Az azóta eltelt napok megnyilvánulásai (Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök és Balog Zoltán miniszter, valamint a Fidesz-KDNP több más prominense) egyértelművé tették, hogy az egész méltatlan törvénykezés

Michael S. Roth, President of the Wesleyan University sent CEU an expression of support in The Washington Post.

The recent amendments to Act CCIV on National Higher Education not only restrict the CEU in its educational mission; they also establish a dangerous precedent for other institutions of higher learn

The Central European University (CEU), a highly recognized graduate school in Budapest with degrees and research in the social sciences, the humanities, law and management is under threat.

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center has long lasting and strong collaborative ties with the Central European University in Budapest, one of the leading academic institutions in Europe.

Mit größter Besorgnis verfolgt der Wissenschaftsrat das aktuelle Vorgehen der ungarischen Regierung, das über eine Gesetzesänderung in erster Linie die Existenz der Central European University (CEU

I am writing in my capacity as the Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Association (WCAA), a network of over fifty national, regional and international anthropological associations from a

Over the last decades, the CEU has achieved a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. It is a success story, which Hungary can be very proud of.

The Philosophy Department at CEU enjoys a stellar international reputation – in fact, it is among the very best departments in Europe.

We call on you, the European Commission, to immediately engage with the Hungarian government, asking it to withdraw the amendments and to consult and negotiate with all the affected universities.