Press Releases

CEU Complies with Lex CEU

Budapest, October 17, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) states that it has taken all steps to fulfill the conditions of the amended Hungarian higher education law known as ‘lex CEU,’ and presents documents supporting its full compliance with the condition regarding educational activities in our institution’s  country of origin.

October 11 Statement

October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 – Today is the first deadline to be met for foreign higher education institutions wishing to continue their operations in Hungary under the new Hungarian higher education law—“lex CEU.” CEU continues its operations uninterrupted. Indeed the re-accreditation of the University by Hungarian higher education authorities is proceeding as normal. As always, CEU will comply with all Hungarian regulatory processes and requirements.

The next deadline is January 1, 2018, which requires that an agreement between Hungary and New York State be in place.

CEU Welcomes German Chancellor Spokesperson's Call for Signing of NY-Hungary Agreement

October 9, 2017 – This morning, the spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the following statement in answer to a reporter’s question:

CEU Signs MOU with Bard College, Retains Aim to Stay in Budapest

For the last several months, negotiations have continued between New York State and the Government of Hungary regarding CEU’s future in Budapest. CEU has deliberately abstained from comment in order to facilitate successful negotiations. As you know, CEU is not at the negotiating table. However, we have been informed that negotiations have created the basis for an agreement.

CEU Opens Academic Year 2017-18

September 15, 2017

CEU formally began its new Academic Year today, welcoming students, faculty, staff and distinguished guests with an Opening Ceremony held in the spirit of free inquiry, diversity, and open society that are the hallmarks of CEU.

President and Rector Michael Ignatieff welcomed more than 700 new students from more than 90 countries to the CEU community, which now includes 1,500 students and hundreds of staff and faculty, as well as 14,000 alumni worldwide.