Press Releases

CEU Welcomes Statement From Governor Cuomo

Budapest, June 24, 2017 – CEU welcomes the statement from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo calling yesterday's discussions with Kristof Altusz, Hungarian deputy state secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, productive. CEU is not a participant in the negotiations, but we hope they lead to a solution that enables CEU to remain in Budapest as a free institution.


CEU Graduates 708, Awards Open Society Prize to Former German President Joachim Gauck

June 23, 2017

Budapest, June 23, 2017 – Today at Central European University's 26th graduation ceremony, 708 students from 97 countries received master's, doctoral degrees and non-degree certificates at Budapest's Palace of Arts (MUPA). The University also awarded the Open Society Prize to former German President Joachim Gauck in recognition of his courageous defense of human rights and his distinguished record in the service of free societies.

CEU To Remain In Budapest For 2017-2018 Academic Year, Hopes For Long-Term Solution

Budapest, May 30, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) announces plans to maintain all of its activities in Budapest in the 2017-2018 academic year. CEU hopes that current negotiations will rapidly lead to a long-term solution that allows CEU to remain in Budapest.

Gauck To Receive Open Society Prize

Budapest, May 30, 2017 – Mr. Joachim Gauck has been awarded the 2017 Open Society Prize in recognition of his courageous defense of human rights and his distinguished record in the service of free societies. Mr. Gauck, called “a true teacher of democracy” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, served as president of Germany from 2012 to 2017.

CEU Welcomes Statement By New York Governor Indicating Willingness To Start Talks With Hungarian Government

Budapest, May 24, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) welcomes today’s statement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo indicating his readiness to enter into discussions “without delay” with the Hungarian government about the amendments to the Higher Education Act that particularly target CEU. Cuomo’s statement is timely, since Hungary has until tomorrow to respond to the European Commission’s letter of formal notice that it has launched infringement proceedings. The European Parliament’s resolution of May 17 called on the Hungarian government to enter into negotiations with the U.S.