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.

An island of academic empowerment in East Central Europe, Central European University (CEU) sees its existence threatened by the wave of populist and illiberal politics that have swept the region i

As officers of the British National Committee of Byzantine Studies as well as citizens of Europe, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and our concern regarding Bil

We are writing to you as individual members of the Sociology Department of the Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca to express our concerns for the future of the Central European University / Közép-

As concerned citizens in Hungary, Europe, and around the world, SOLIDUS team is posting this new to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative c

"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 concerned citizens Europe and representatives of organizations working on freedom of expression issues, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern

St Antony’s College Oxford expresses its shock and dismay at legal changes which threaten the entire future of the Central European University.

A Magyar Tudományos Akadémia tagjai és doktorai által alapított Stádium 28 Kör tiltakozik a tervezett törvénymódosítás ellen és arra kérjük kollégáinkat, oktatókat és kutatókat, itthon és a nagyvil

"A tudományos kutatók és oktatók tiltakozása a lex CEU ellen nem pusztán a szolidaritás kifejezése a Közép-európai Egyetemen oktató magyar és külföldi kollégákkal, magyar és külföldi diákokka

Our own department has long-standing, extremely fruitful and valuable academic connections with the Department of Philosophy at the CEU.

"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 s

The students of ELTE's Moral and Political Philosophy Doctoral Programme of the Doctoral School of Philosophy would like to demonstrate their support and solidarity with CEU and express concer

CEU is an internationally esteemed university that has made an immense contribution to the intellectual life and societies throughout Central and Eastern Europe; numerous University of Tartu alumni

CEU has played an enormous role in our lives and careers. It offered educational opportunities

Below (in Swedish) a call of support for CEU and academic freedom by Sweden's Minister for Higher education and research Helene Hellmark Knutsson and MEP Marita Ulvskog.

We, the Executive Board of the Swedish Association of Media and Communication Research (FSMK), are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed leg

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde expressed serious concern about the threat to academic freedom and CEU's operation in Hungary at the

"Als Reaktion auf das Gesetzesprojekt der ungarischen Regierung, welche die Schliessung einer der renommiertesten Universitäten des Landes, der Central European University in Budapest, verurs

Alulírott szakkollégiumok és informális hallgatói körök tagjai szolidaritásunkat fejezzük ki a napokban benyújtott felsőoktatási törvény módosítási javaslata által érintett Közép-európai Egyetemmel

Alul nevezett szakkollégiumok tagjai szolidaritásunkat fejezzük ki a felsőoktatási törvény tegnap benyújtott módosítási javaslata által érintett Közép-európai Egyetem (CEU) mellett.

"Számunkra elfogadhatatlan, hogy utólagos törvényi szabályozással lehetetlenítsenek el tekintélyes szellemi műhelyeket, nemzetközileg is elismert oktatási intézményeket.

Közös nyilatkozatot adtak ki a Közép-európai Egyetemről a Szegedi Tudományegyetem dékánjai.

Alulírott magyar írók és irodalmárok tiltakozunk a kormány törvénymódosítása ellen, mely lehetetlenné teszi a Közép-európai Egyetem (CEU) budapesti működését.

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

"Taso Foundation has been operating as Women’s Program Open Society Georgia Foundation for 6 years and 14 years as an independent women’s fund.

A CEU elűzése Magyarországról alkotmányellenes

The leadership of the Tbilisi State University expressed solidarity and called on staff members kto stand up for CEU.

Középiskolai tanárokként hiszünk a tanítás és a tanulás, a gondolkodás és a véleménynyilvánítás szabadságában, a párbeszéd lehetőségében, mindenekelőtt pedig abban, hogy az oktatás nem válhat a pol

Elmondhatjuk, hogy a Közép-Európai Egyetem szakmai fejlődésük igen fontos állomását jelentette.

Teachers of the Hungarian Trefort Agoston High School sign statement in protest to "lex CEU".

"The Faculty of the History Department at Temple University expresses its concern about recent Hungarian legislation threatening the American-Hungarian institution, Central European University (CEU

Central European University is a highly valued member of the international academic community and is a long-term member of the AHRI Association.

"Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, Ph.D.

The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies has been following with deep concern the situation that has been developing with respect to the Central European University in Budapes

I am concerned that the proposed legislation downgrades CEU's status and will radically reduce its capacity to be an international centre of excellence.

On behalf of the Bureau of the International Association of Byzantine Studies, which represents scholars form 38 countries across Europe and internationally, I am writing to express our great conce

I am writing to express my deep concern about the Government of Hungary’s legislative changes to the status of the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary.

Leopoldina sent a concerned letter on the higher education legislation passed on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, addressed to His Excellency János Áder, President of Hungary, to His Excellency Viktor Orbán,

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen wholeheartedly supports its partner, the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

The Federal Government of Germany expresses concern over the latest amendment of the Hungarian Higher Education Act. You can read the full statement in German at the link below.

The Hungarian government is, despite wide international protests, pushing through a law amendment with the intention of closing down the prestigious Central European University (CEU), which since 1

The German Political Science Association (DVPW) is profoundly concerned about these developments because the proposed legislative changes might undermine academic freedom, research, and exchange.

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.

Following a draft law from Victor Orbán’s government that would effectively ban the globally regarded Central European University (CEU) from operating in Hungary, S&D Group president Gianni Pit

"We are writing to express our concern regarding proposed legislation which imposes new, targeted regulations on foreign universities, and which could negatively impact upon the future of the

Since its founding in 1991 by Hungarian-born American investor and philanthropist George Soros, CEU has contributed greatly to the global public policy debate.

Since its founding in 1991 by Hungarian-born American investor and philanthropist George Soros, CEU has contributed greatly to the global public policy debate.

We at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) at Columbia University are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed le

In the name of the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, I respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation direct

Central European University is an internationally recognized academic institution, deeply integrated into Hungary's academic life, which since its foundation has had diverse academic relationships