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 news about the proposed legislation that would force the Central European University in Budapest to close down induced us to express our serious concern in this regard.

In our own field, academic Jewish Studies, the CEU has developed an ambitious programme to train students and academics to the highest international standards.

EURASHE is the main representative of professional higher education within Europe.

Our mission as the European Association for International Education (EAIE) is to foster developments in international higher education.

EAIE, the European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education calls attention to CEU and the fight for academic freedom

Recent decisions in Hungary and Russia suggest that Governments are using legislation to curtail the academic freedoms of Universities.

"The internationally recognized quality of that work developed by the Hungarian colleagues may be at risk if that reform is pushed forward.

Central European University was set up in Budapest over 25 years ago within a legal framework that was actively supported by the Hungarian authorities.

To menace the existence of the Central European University is to destroy Europe’s academic reputation.

On behalf of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) I am writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express our concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU's sta

Since its creation, CEU has been a beacon of academic freedom, European values and has engaged with sustainability very deeply.

As a continent-wide body of scientists, we would like to stress that our colleagues at CEU who are members of EHBEA are among the most respected in the world.

The Hungarian government has proposed changes to its regulations on National Higher Education that may force Central European University (CEU), 25 years in Budapest, to end its work in its home cit

As academic partners of CEU, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Universiteit Van Amsterdam and the Institut d’études européennes – Université libre de Bruxelles, jointly with the non-academic actors

The European Political Science Association does not interfere with domestic political issues of any country, but it speaks out whenever measures have significant detrimental effects on its key aim

On behalf of the European Public Choice Society, which I chair as President, I am writing to express our solidarity with the Central European University and express our concern at the proposed legi

In a time of tightening borders and heightened nationalism, ESEH stands behind universities and scholars who think beyond their borders.

As President and Council members of the European Society for the History of Science, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislativ

The right to freedom of education must never be compromised.

The Central European University is quite an oasis in the Eastern European spectrum of educational institutions.

The European Union Studies Association is a US-based scholarly association with more than 500 members in the US and around the world, including at CEU.

EUA members – gathered at the University of Bergen on the occasion of the General Assembly and Annual Conference on “Autonomy and Freedom: the Future Sustainability of Universities” – express their

The European University Institute wishes to express deep concern about the possible closure of Central European University as a result of the legislation to be put before the Hungarian Parliament t

We at the European University Institute consider CEU to be a valued member of the international academic community. We often host professors and Ph.D.

Hungary has a long-standing academic tradition and has engendered great academic achievements in all areas, including the social and human sciences.

Since its founding, the CEU has built an outstanding reputation based on
the work of scholars with deep global connections. The amendments that have been made to

A Közép-európai Egyetem (CEU) nemzetközileg széles körben elismert tudományos intézmény és a régió legkiválóbb egyetemeinek egyike.

In classes we have taught at CEU, we have been impressed with the opportunities Hungarian students have had to interact with students from other cultures and backgrounds.

We, members of the Faculty of Humanities of Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, are deeply concerned about the current situation regarding the future operation of CEU.

A Közép-európai Egyetem (CEU) nemzetközileg elismert tudományos intézmény, a régió legkiválóbb egyetemeinek egyike, a hazai tudományos élet fontos és szerves része.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Zagreb, as the leading faculty in humanities and social sciences in Croatia, is profoundly concerned about the recent developments regardi

As Chair of the Oxford University’s Philosophy Faculty Board, I am writing to express solidarity with Central European University and to express my and the Faculty’s concern at certain proposed leg

"As Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, I am writing on behalf of faculty and staff to express solidarity with Central European University and express my and the Faculty's concern

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 st

The Council of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babes-Bolyai University, hereby expresses solidarity with its partner institution, the Central European University/ Kozep-europai Egyetem (C

The faculty of the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, are writing to express solidarity

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences expresses its deep concern regarding proposed legislative measures that threaten the current status of the Central European University in Budap

FYEG strongly condemns the attack on Central European University (CEU) by the government of Viktor Orbán in Hungary.

Former President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski expressed his concern about the amendments to Hungary's higher education law in a letter to President and Rector Michael Ignatieff.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his concern about the amendments to Hungary's higher education law in a letter to President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. 

I believe that CEU is a valued member of the international academic community, and has a well-deserved and hard-earned excellent reputation.

France's Secretary of State for European Affairs, Harlem Desir, tweeted an expression of concern for CEU after the legislation was passed in Hungary.

"Prime Minister Orban is flagrantly undermining what remains of Hungary’s democracy by demanding that the Central European University close unless it meets new, intentionally arbitrary requirements

As Head of International Office, and also speaking for our President Dr. Thomas Strothotte, Kühne Logistics University wants to express our support for CEU!

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

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

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, chancellor of the Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister, and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group sent a letter of solid

The GEMMA consortium includes seven European universities (University of Granada, University of Oviedo, Bologna University, University of Hull, Utrecht University, University of Lodz and CEU), and

For the last two decades Georgian political and academic system has gone through the transition process to democratic and western values.