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.

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria strongly opposes the new Hungarian legislation, which aims to bring the successful development of the Central European University in Budapest to an a

Pedro Aires Oliveira, chairman of the Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC), sent a letter to Hungarian Minister Zoltan Balog, where he affirms the IHC's solidarity with his colleagues at the U

Our Association, CISUECO (the Inter-University Centre for Hungarian Studies and studies on Central-Oriental Europe), which includes almost every fellow, lecturer and professor of Hungarian Language

As director of the International Institute of Social History, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, I am writing to express solidarity with Central European University

Since its founding, the Department of Medieval Studies, as a centre of study, has bridged the cultures of Eastern, Central, and Western Europe.

The following letter was sent to Zoltan Balog, Hungary's Minister of Human Capacities, to express

The International Association of Universities expressed its concern about the legislation targeting CEU in a letter to President Janos Ader.

"Proposed legislation is under discussion in the Hungarian Parliament that would endanger the existence of the Central European University (CEU), a unique and valued IAU member based in Budapest."

The International Students of History Association (ISHA) is a non-governmental, politically neutral international student organization of students of history and is being present on more than 40 un

On behalf of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University in the United States, I write to express urgent concern about the recent modifications to the Nation

IDPC addressed their support letter to President Áder. 

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 CEU is a highly respected institution that excels in many disciplines including Political Science.

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.

In the 25 years since it was founded by a group that included then President of Hungary Arpad Goncz and then President of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel, Central European University has established it

HOPOS has a longstanding and productive relationship with CEU.

As President of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), I express the unanimous decision of its Council to support the Central European Univer

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is writing to express our deep concern at the new higher education law which changes the status of the Central European University in Hung

The International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) wishes to express our very serious concern about the recent legislative changes that have threatened the academic freedom of students, teach

The International Studies Association (ISA), the world’s largest association of scholars in the field, has been watching the developments surrounding higher education and regulations regarding rese

The Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies would like to express its grave concerns in relation to the proposed law by the Hungarian government, which will make it impossi

The members of the Irish Economic Association write in solidarity and support for our CEU colleagues, both in the Department of Economics and across the University.

The Irish Universities Association wishes to express its grave concerns regarding recent
developments in Hungarian higher education, particularly in relation to the targeting in recent

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria opposes the new Hungarian legislation, which aims to bring the successful development of the Central European University in Budapest to an abrupt end

The academic excellence and international profile of CEU are proven in many ways. If CEU
were to close, this would be a serious loss not only for the Hungarian higher education system,

We fully support CEU, the alma mater of a couple of our members, in this unjust attempt to ruin a beacon of knowledge, openness and humanity by the FIDESZ government.

We, as Board of the Scientific Society of Italian Medieval Archaeologists, urge you to act on your Presidential prerogative and send the Bill to the Constitutional Court of Hungary where the above

In the quarter-century since its foundation, CEU has established a leading position as an internationally renowned research center in – among other fields – the human and social sciences.

L'eccellenza della CEU è indubbia: nei ranking internazionali, alcuni dei dipartimenti della CEU sono considerati tra i migliori 50 nel mondo; ricercatori affiliati alla CEU hanno ottenuto fondi da

Faculty and students of the Department of Law and Justice at Jahangirnagar University, the second-largest public university in Bangladesh, expressed their solidarity with CEU in front of their camp

A Janus Pannonius Közgazdasági Szakkollégium alapértékei között tartja számon a magas szintű akadémiai munka támogatását, a felsőoktatási intézmények autonómiáját és a demokratikus közéletben való

Jean-François Balaudé, president of the Paris-Nanterre University, president of the Alliance nationale ATHENA writes in defense of CEU in France's Liberation.

The academic community at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu is writing to express solidarity with Central European University and with concern at the proposed leg

We express our full solidarity with the attacked universities and all intellectual communities which work on developing ideas which might provide viable alternatives to the current established regi

We, the undersigned representatives of the governing bodies of Kaunas University of Technology, would like to declare our support and solidarity with Central European University and express our dee

Úgy gondoljuk, hogy a CEU szerves részét képezi a hazai felsőoktatásnak, hozzájárulása jelentős mind a hazai tudományos élethez, mind a jövő értelmiségének képzéséhez.

Úgy gondoljuk, hogy a CEU szerves részét képezi a hazai felsőoktatásnak, hozzájárulása jelentős mind a hazai tudományos élethez, mind a jövő értelmiségének képzéséhez.

In international rankings, some of CEU’s departments are rated among the top 50 in the world.

The Central European University's contribution to a progressive democratic order is essential, especially in a part of the world that has historically been so plagued by harmful ideologies, be it a

Vi vill härmed uttrycka vårt stöd för lärosäten som Central European University (CEU), som alltsedan grundandet år 1991 väsentligen bidragit till det goda vetenskapliga samtalet och den avancerade

La CPU dénonce une application littérale et aveugle d'un principe de préférence nationale pour le moins discutable, et espère que cet exemple malheureux ne sera pas suivi par d'autres pays en Europ

On behalf of the CNRS backed research unit LEGS (Laboratoire d'études de genre et de sexualité, UPL, Université Paris 8, Université Paris Nanterre, CNRS, France), we wish to express our solidarity

"On behalf of the CNRS backed research unit LEGS (Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité, UPL, Université Paris 8, Université Paris Nanterre, CNRS, France), we wish to express our solidarity

German politician and Member of the EU Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff spoke to CEU students, faculty and staff today and released the following statement in support of CEU. 

As a United States-based international association, we are deeply concerned about the attack on a major academic institution with whom we have partnered over more than two decades.

Our social business - LEAD Academy - has supported CEU and its School of Public Policy for the last 5 years by teaching applied leadership skills to public policy master students.

Thanks to its outstanding reputation, the Central European University is one of the vital contact points for academic initiatives based in or focused on Hungary.

It is also proof of the intellectual reputation and Europe-wide attraction of your country to which CEU has contributed so much in the last 25 years.

Leiden University issued a statement in support of CEU.

Read the full text at the link bellow.

Úgy gondoljuk, hogy a CEU szerves részét képezi a hazai felsőoktatásnak, hozzájárulása jelentős mind a hazai tudományos élethez, mind a jövő értelmiségének képzéséhez.