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.

"Chancellor Merkel’s spokesperson stated 4/5/17 at a press conference in Berlin:

"... if we want to be a lighthouse in the world for the rule of law and for human rights, then we cannot ignore, when these foundations are shaken in the midst of Europe.

Three days ago, the German Political Science Association (DVPW) became aware of the legislative changes in your country that would affect the status of the Central European University in Hungary an

The German Rectors' Conference closely watches the changes within the Law on Higher Education in Hungary in general and their impact on the Central European University in particular.

Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth expresses support for CEU in the following statement. You can read the full article in German on the link below.

All the Universities of the Global Campus Network, meeting today in Sarajevo for the Global Campus Conference 2017 - ''Liquid reconciliation: Global perspectives, Glocal realities'', express their

On behalf of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO), at Swansea University, I am writing to express my concern about recent modifications to the National Higher Education Act passed by the Hunga

Central European University is home to one of the most renowned departments of Medieval Studies.

We are academics in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The government’s proposed legislation to alter its statute of operation in Hungary would compromise its academic freedom and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries.

CEU is an open and independent university whose work is recognised not just by the scholarly communities in Hungary and the United States, but throughout the world.

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim is writing to express solidarity with the Central European University (CEU) and to convey support as you add

The PES President condemns the changes to the Hungarian Higher Education Act, which now makes it compulsory for foreign universities operating in Hungary to also run a university in their country o

We are alarmed because Central European University has, within its short history, gained a reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding universities in the Arts and Social Sciences.

A leghatározottabban tiltakozunk minden olyan kormányzati intézkedés ellen, ami tovább kívánja korlátozni a már eddig is jelentősen megcsonkított egyetemi autonómiát, a felsőoktatás és a tudományos

"We welcome the beginning of discussions on June 23 between the government of Hungary and the office of the Governor of New York.

I understand that the bill severely undermines the continued functioning of the Central European University in Budapest, and as such represents an attack on the freedom of academic expression and t

A Közép-európai Egyetem az elmúlt 25 évben a magyar felsőoktatás szerves részévé vált, szemléletével, tudományos értékeivel egészséges versenyhelyzetet teremtve sokat tett, tesz a magyar tudományos

The presidents, chancellors, or vice-chancellors of 23 graduate research universities in North America and Europe expressed their support for CEU and concern about the amendments to the highe

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 Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg firmly protests the continuing restriction of academic independence and the freedom of speech in Hungary.

As is widely known throughout German and European academia, Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and resear

"Central European University is first and foremost a home for real research, a home that enables discoveries, and a home that is young and that does not stop developing for even a moment.

We are following the latest developments around CEU with great concern.

CEU is an internationally recognized institution that provides post-graduate education in social sciences and the humanities in Budapest, Hungary since 1991.  CEU attracts around 1.300 doctoral and

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.  The  govern

We consider all steps that complicate or endanger CEU’s operation a serious assault on scholarly life in Hungary, and our opinion is that no responsible politician can support such measures.

Ma Magyarországon a CEU által kínált képzések alternatívát képesek nyújtani a hasonló színvonalon csak külföldi egyetemeken elérhetőekkel szemben.

The Central European University in Budapest has been under attack by the Hungarian Orbán-government.

A tanulás szabadságához hozzátartozik a nyitottság. A társadalom nyitottsága pedig a garancia egy ország jövőjére.

Fontos kiemelni, hogy a CEU Kognitív Idegtudományi Tanszékének magas szakmai színvonalát jelzik a kutatói által Magyarországra hozott nagy összegű kutatási támogatások is.

We think that in case the CEU will be forced out of Hungary it is not only the Hungarian scientific and academic community, which will suffer a serious loss but our own society in a very concrete s

A Magyar Filozófiai Társaság ezért a hazai humán- és társadalomtudományos kutatás és képzés nehezen ellensúlyozható veszteségének tekintené a Közép-európai Egyetem működésének ellehetetlenülését.

A CEU olyan értékeket képvisel a magyar tudományos életben, amelyek feltétlenül szükségesek ahhoz, hogy Magyarország a felsőoktatás terén felsorakozzon a Nyugat-Európai országokhoz és hazatérjenek

CEU represents such values in the life of Hungarian science which are unconditionally needed in order for Hungary to reach the level of Western European countries in terms of higher education, and

The undersigned members of IFEX, the global network of organisations promoting and defending freedom of expression, writes to you to express our concern about the recent adoption of amendments to H

The Independent Student Parliament demands the immediate withdrawal of the draft, as well as offering solidarity to Central European University, and calls on the student unions of Hungarian univers

Kétségtelen, hogy a gazdag hagyományokra visszatekintő peregrinációk történetéből Ön is tudja: az előző évszázadokban számos fiatal diák megfordult nyugati egyetemeken, és tért haza Erdélybe tudásb

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 would like to send a message of solidarity, commitment and friendship to make sure that the university keeps its move. We are about to send a support letter to the European Commission too.

Our countries share a common past and a long tradition of academic cooperations in which CEU as a leading academic institution in this region has played a significant and irreplaceable role.

The closure of CEU will be a big step back for the country and the region, which have made so many successful steps to overcome the authoritarian regimes dominating them in the last century.

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, with great concern, has followed

We strongly urge the Hungarian government and the Hungarian Parliament to take every possible measure to ensure that CEU will be able in the future to continue and to develop its activities in Buda

As concerned citizens in the Czech Republic, Europe, and around the world, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes

In my name and in the name of my colleagues at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research (Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung) at the University of Vienna, as concerned citizens an

The Institute believes academic freedom and the fomenting of critical discourse and debate is vital to the prospects for progress in every society, and we therefore hope that Hungary's legislators

The Institute for Education at the University of Zurich has sent a letter of support to President Ader to stand up for CEU.

Read the full letter at the link below.