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's contribution to the development of social sciences in Central Europe has been of crucial importance for fostering democratic and civic values in the region.

As members of the LOGOS Research Group, who have successfully collaborated with faculty of the Central European University in the context of a joint European research project, we are writing to exp

Together with many academics in Hungary and around the world, we perceive this action as an assault on an independent academic institution which has been globally recognized for its research and te

The CEU is one of the universities of excellence in Hungary and is a long standing partner of the University of Geneva.

Central European University in Budapest, one of the most prestigious universities in this part of the world, is threatened to be closed down by the Hungarian authorities. A controversial law that d

The MCO is concerned that these and other requirements would be prohibitive, threatening CEU's ability to operate.

A Magyar Filmművészek Szövetsége megdöbbenéssel kapta a hírt, hogy a magyar kormány politikai eszközökkel megpróbálja ellehetetleníteni az egyik legfontosabb magyarországi egyetem működését.

A Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem Doktori Iskolájának alulírott munkatársai és hallgatói nyílt levélben felszólítjuk Áder János köztársasági elnököt, hogy ne írja alá a T/14686.

A kulturális antropológia legfőbb vállalása az emberi kultúra megismerhetősége és a megértés gyakorlása.

A Közép-Európai Egyetem Politikatudományi Tanszékén, valamint a többi társadalomtudományi tanszéken kollégáink, tagtársaink dolgoznak.

The board of the Association of Hungarian Archaeologists is deeply astonished by the proposed amendments (No. T/14686) to the National Higher Education Law (2011/CCIV).

A Közép-Európai Egyetem a humán tudományok fontos magyarországi kutató- és oktatóhelye, amely az elmúlt évtizedekben jelentős szerepet játszott a magyar történettudomány nemzetközi kapcsolatainak k

Az osztály határozottan kijelenti, hogy a Közép-európai Egyetemen folyó, tudományterületeinkhez kapcsolódó képzések és kutatások magas szakmai színvonalat képviselnek.

A Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Filozófiai és Történettudományok Osztálya aggodalommal kíséri figyelemmel azokat a törekvéseket, melyek indokolatlan követelményeket támasztva tennék lehetetlenné az eg

A Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Történettudományi Bizottsága igen nagyra becsüli a CEU-n dolgozó kollégáink munkáját, amely a magyar történettudomány értékes része.

CEU médiaközpontja (The Center for Media, Data and Society) az egyik legrangosabb sajtótudományi műhely az egész régióban.

Malaysian academics and CEU alumni send a letter to President Ader in support of CEU.

A university is being expelled - Call to European governments and the European Commission to save the Central European University in Budapest.

We respectfully urge the Government to withdraw this piece of legislation and ot enter into consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary's well-founded int

The threat to CEU ... poses a very significant threat to the success to the numerous Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and ERC projects we are involved in.

After stimulating meetings between the faculty of the Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and of CEU’s departments of History, Medieval Studies, and S

The Max Planck Society, Germany's most successful research organization comprised of 83 research institutes, expressed its support of CEU and concern about the recent legislation

"We are aware that a large number of Romanians have studied and will study at the Central European University, with the generous support of the scholarships offered by your institution, a landmark

MeCCSA is the professional association for the subjects of media, communications and cultural studies representing teachers, researchers, and students in its fields within UK Higher Education in ov

55 members of Croatian parliament have signed a petition inviting Central European University to resume its operations in Croatia.

We, the undersigned members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University, are deeply concerned over the legislation that would render Central European University's continued ope

Kérjük a magyar felsőoktatási és akadémiai kutató intézmények vezetőit, oktatóit és kutatóit, hogy minden rendelkezésükre álló eszközzel védjék hazai intézményeink, köztük a Közép-európai Egyetem l

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

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

We would like to express our solidarity with the Central European University and call upon you to reconsider the proposed legislation.

Az MTA BTK Igazgatótanácsa támogatja Lovász László elnök úrnak, valamint különféle szervezeteknek a CEU értékeinek megőrzésére irányuló állásfoglalását.

MTA Gazdaság- és Jogtudományok Osztálya Közgazdaság-tudományi Bizottsága, Nemzetközi és Fejlődéstanulmányok Tudományos Bizottsága, Politikatudományi Bizottsága és a Szociológiai Tudományok Bizottsá

Mi, mint a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont kutatói és dolgozói, csatlakozunk az Akadémia elnökének nyilatkozatához, amely leszögezi: „A CEU nagyon jelentős tudományos c

Az MTA TK Jogtudományi Intézetének kutatói szolidaritásukat fejezik ki a CEU-val.

This university has historically been used to uncertainty. It was already once kicked out from Prague in the first half of the 1990s.

The National Alliance of Romanian Students’ Associations (ANOSR) expresses its support towards Budapest’s Central European University’s (CEU/KEE) academic community, during a time in which the very

The National Alliance of Romanian Students' Associations (ANOSR)expresses its support towards Budapest's Central European University's (CEU/KEE) academic community, during a time in which the very

Central European University is rst and foremost a home for real research,
a home that enables discoveries, and a home that is young and that does not stop

We, the undersigned, members, students, and former students of the Faculty of Political Sciences at the National University for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA, Romania) are writi

"... Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities."

Originally established in 1615, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy holds in high regards our cooperation with the Central European University.

The board of the International Association of Hungarian Studies believes that no national academic discipline can be cultivated in isolation.

We fear that the amendment threatens the very existence of this outstanding university.

Besides longstanding close relations with Collegium Budapest and its successor, the Center for Advanced Study at the CEU, we had here over the years many scholars teaching at the CEU as guest profe

"The Central European University in Budapest is a symbol of American-Hungarian cooperation and a world-class graduate university that is chartered by the State of New York.

We at NYU are also keenly mindful of the human dimension.

"There is no doubt that the menaces against the Central European University are an insidious attack to the culture of freedom, and writers, intellectuals and academics who believe in freedom should mobilize to avoid this inquisitorial action," Vargas Llosa said in a statement.

We thus declare our opposition to the proposed punitive legislation and express our full solidarity with the Rector, students, employees, and faculty of Central European University.