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 is one of the most distinguished independent
cultural institutions in Hungary, and the most prominent and prestigious university in all

It is the mission of the CEU to produce renowned interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research, and it has long been one of the most respected institutions of higher learning in Central Europ

The proposed legislative changes to CEU's status compromise its academic freedom and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries of the region.

The members of the Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy want to express their solidarity with the Central European University and express their concern regarding Bill T/14686 amending Act CCIV

We offer support to fellow anthropologists as well as the entire academic community at CEU.

The Czech Rectors Conference has expressed their concern "about the latest reports related to the possible termination of the activities carried out by the Central European University (CEU) based i

The Czech Rectors Conference appreciates the scientific and social role of Central European University and asks the Government of Hungary to foster the creation of such legislative conditions  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.

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

In light of recent legislation, rammed through the Hungarian Parliament in unseemly
haste; legislation that, if enacted, would jeopardize the continuing operation of your

As concerned citizens in Hungary, Europe, and around the world, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern regarding Bill T/14686 amending the Hungari

In light of recent legislation, rammed through the Hungarian Parliament in unseemly haste; legislation that, if enacted, would jeopardize the continuing operation of your institution or at the very

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.

CEU’s Philosophy department is a valued member of the international academic community and its presence in Hungary has added enormously to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the internati

The closure of this centre of excellence would be a disaster for higher education and intellectual life in Hungary and for Europe as a whole.

"We, the faculty of the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, are writing to express solidarity with the Central European University and to express concern at proposed legisla

A threat to academic freedom in our region that affects us and our colleagues at the central European University in Budapest.

We, the members of the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton (including two graduates of CEU), are writing to express our dismay at the actions of the

Our department at the University of Maryland has a long-standing relationship with CEU, and, as a result, we have seen—and benefited from—the important scholarly and pedagogical work conducted at t

We write to you as the Directors of Centers for East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies across the United States, in Germany and in the United Kingdom.

Az MTA XI. Fizikai Osztály Részecskefizikai Tudományos Bizottsága értetlenül áll a felsőoktatási törvény 2017.

Az MTA Fizikai Osztalyának Statisztikus Fizikai Tudományos Bizottsága szolidáris a CEU kutatóival, közöttük Barabási Albert-László, Kertész János, Rosario N.

A tervezett változtatások azzal fenyegetnek, hogy ellehetetlenül a magyarországi akadémiai élet egyik jelentős központja és műhelye, amely tevékenységével folyamatosan hozzájárul a magyarországi tu

Duke is fortunate to have a number of CEU graduates as current memebers of our faculty in economics, history, religious studies, and political science.

CEU is a vital institution that has done so much in a relatively short time to empower free inquiry and the dissemination of knowledge throughout Europe, and indeed the world.

In Hongarije is begin april 2017 in het parlement wetgeving aangenomen die zou kunnen leiden tot de sluiting van de Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

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.

As an Erasmus partner of CEU we would like to give you support in this matter and would be glad if you could add our organization to a group letter: Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany).

This [legislation] would deeply impact national and European academic lives and put an end to many collaborations developed all over Europe with Hungary, not because CEU is our only Hungarian partn

CEU has contributed substantially to the development of social sciences and humanities in the Central and Eastern European region by providing scholarships for students from the region to attend it

A Bibó István Szakkollégium közössége feltétlenül hisz a tudományos élet és a tudományos kutatás szabadságában, amely alkotmányos alapokon nyugszik és védendő érték.

We, members of the School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, were shocked to learn that the government of Hungary had submitted a bill to Parliament which would frustr

A CEU hazánk egyik legjobb egyeteme, amely számtalan módon gazdagítja a magyar szellemi életet.

The Central European University is part of the Hungarian higher education system since the democratic transition.

A Közép-európai Egyetem Magyarország egyik legfontosabb felsőoktatási intézménye, mely magas színvonalú oktatással, nemzetközi oktatói gárdájával, ösztöndíjaival, kiemelkedő kutatási programjaival,

Az elmúlt napok eseményei mélységes aggodalommal töltenek el minket: meggyőződésünk, tapasztalatunk ugyanis, hogy a CEU mélyen integrálódott a magyar felsőoktatás rendszerébe, annak pótolhatatlan r

Az ELTE Radnóti Miklós Gyakorló Általános Iskola és Gyakorló Gimnázium tanáraiként csatlakozunk a Budapesti Fazekas Mihály Gyakorló Általános Iskola és Gimnázium tanárainak alábbi nyilatkozatához:

As the leaders of Eötvös Loránd University stated on April 3, the Central European University is part of the Hungarian higher education system and one of the leading academic institutions.

The planned modifications threaten the very existence of an important center and workshop of academic life in Hungary that continues to contribute to the international successes of Hungarian social

CEU has been part of Hungary’s higher education since the systemic changes. It is both a Hungarian and international institution, and an outstanding scientific center of our region.

A két intézmény összefonódását jól példázza egyetemünk Középkori és Kora Újkori Egyetemes Történeti Tanszékének működése, amelynek oktatói az 1992 óta a Bölcsészkaron működő CEU-ELTE Középkori Köny

ESW urge the officials of the Hungarian government to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of autonomy of higher education as specified in international conventions and t

We, the undersigned students of the 2013-15 cohort of the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Public Policy (MUNDUS MAPP) provided by a joint consortium of European universities, one of which is Centr

According to ERC statistics, CEU is one of the most successful institutions in terms of attracting ERC funding to Central and Eastern Europe.

The Human Rights Center at the University of Essex sent a letter in support of CEU to President Ader signed by various members of their academic community.

We, current and former Max Weber Fellows and members of the Max Weber community at the European University Institute, Florence, strongly express our support for the Central European University in B

We, professors of communication studies and related fields, are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU's stat

Als Europäerinnen und Europäer sehen wir in der Politik der ungarischen Regierung einen Angriff auf unsere Grundwerte und Überzeugungen.“ In einem gemeinsamen Statement rufen gesellschaftliche Orga

The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities is deeply concerned by the recent amendments to Act CCN of 2011 on National Higher Education, which was submitted to the Hungarian Parliamen