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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
Mit einem scharfen Protest reagiert die Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz (uniko) auf die offenkundigen Bestrebungen der ungarischen Regierung unter Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán, am kommende
We offer support to fellow anthropologists as well as the entire academic community at CEU.
The proposed legislative changes to CEU's status compromise its academic freedom and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries of the region.
It is the mission of the CEU to produce renowned interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research, and it has long been one of the most respected institutions of higher learning in Central Europ
A budapesti székhelyű CEU nemcsak nemzetközi viszonylatban jelentős intézmény, hanem a magyar tudományos életnek is fontos műhelye, tevékenysége a magyar társadalomra is nyitott és annak javát is s
In my capacity as co-President of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the USA affiliate of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, I am writing to convey support of
As a concerned group of citizens in Slovakia, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU's status in Hungary.
Central European University in Budapest, offering programs accredited in Hungary and in the United States, enabled many Slovaks, including several members of the Slovak Economic Association, to acq
The VSNU supports this call by the EUA and underlines the importance of autonomous universities in society.
Since its founding in 1991 by Hungarian-born American investor and philanthropist George Soros, CEU has contributed greatly to the global public policy debate.
Central European University is a highly valued member of the international academic community and is a long-term member of the AHRI Association.
We have strong relationships with the CEU and benefit from their high expertise in our field. The scholars from the CEU are enriching significantly the discussion and scientific results.
The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is deeply concerned about the threat that the proposed bill presents for the survival of CEU in Hungary.
CEU is a world leader in academic research and teaching. Moreover, CEU is a vital hub of nationalism scholars and scholarship, with a dedicated nationalism studies programme.
The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is writing to express our alarm at the proposed legislative changes to the status of the Central European University in Hungary.
The Hungarian leader’s latest target is Budapest’s critical, multicultural Central European University. His illiberal ideology must not be allowed to spread.
In view of recent developments in Hungary, we feel the need to reiterate our commitment to defending bastions of academic freedom in Europe and beyond.
As the leading organization working on freedom of expression ARTICLE 19 respectfully urges the government of Hungary to review the legislative changes to the status of the Central European Universi
We respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary’s well-founded internationa
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
The Budapest Institute is proud to be connected by many ties to Central European University (CEU): the majority of our present and past researchers, including three of our founding partners had stu
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
We express our strong solidarity with the management of CEU in its struggle to withdraw the amendments to Act CCIV of 2011 and stay in Hungary as free and independent university.
A Bibó István Szakkollégium alapértékei között tartja számon a magas szintű akadémiai munka támogatását, a felsőoktatási intézmények autonómiáját és a demokratikus közéletben való pártpolitizálástó
Úgy gondoljuk, hogy a CEU szerves részét képezi a hazai felsőoktatásnak, hozzájárulása jelentős mind a hazai tudományos élethez, mind a jövő értelmiségének képzéséhez.
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of Universities and as concerned members of the European academic world, I am writing to express solidarity with the Central European Universit
Many of us, members of this group, have had in the past twelve or so years direct and regular contact with members both the Philosophy Department and the Department of Cognitive Science at CEU, bot
The decision by the Hungarian government to impose rules and regulations that knowingly will force CEU to close can be interpreted as nothing but an assault on academic freedom and the free exchang
The Central European University fulfils a special role in the academic life in our region and Europe as a whole.
Freedom of studies and science are cornerstones of European higher education.
Nyilatkozat a Cambridge-i Egyetem oktatóitól a CEU ügyéről
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
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.
CEU has played an enormous role in our lives and careers. It offered educational opportunities
BSA President writes to Hungarian Government over future of Central European University
Not only contributing to the knowledge, education and intellect of Mongolia, in international rankings, some of CEU's departments are rated among the top 50 in the world.
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
The Bucharest Center for Political Theory stands with the Central European University in their efforts to maintain the continued functioning of this prestigious institution of higher education in B
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 Trustees of the British Society of Aesthetics, we are writing to express solidarity with Central
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.
We strongly hope that the Government of Hungary will critically assess the country’s current National Higher Education laws and eliminate all aspects that could have dilatory effects on academic fr
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.
We express our solidarity with the Central European University!
Az ELTE Radnóti Miklós Gyakorló Általános Iskola és Gyakorló Gimnázium tanáraiként csatlakozunk a Budapesti Fazekas Mihály Gyakorló Általános Iskola és Gimnázium tanárainak alábbi nyilatkozatához: