While CEU continues to seek a legally binding solution that enables us to remain in Budapest, the university is continuing with its plans to open a campus in Vienna.
Budapest, March 12, 2019 — Leader of the European People’s party (EPP) Manfred Weber met today with Central European University (CEU) Rector Michael Ignatieff in his office. Mr Weber wished to discuss how to ensure that CEU can continue to operate in Hungary as a US-accredited institution. CEU supports Mr. Weber’s initiative and awaits the outcome of discussions between Mr. Orban and Mr. Weber.
"CEU has been forced out of Hungary,” Rector Michael Ignatieff declared today, and “Hungarian government claims to the contrary are false and misleading.”
CEU follows with great concern the developments regarding the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). In the context of the continuing restrictions affecting democratic freedoms in Hungary, we see both the freedom of research and the professional careers of our MTA colleagues as being put at risk. Historically, MTA has been the most important scientific institution in Hungary, its outstanding work benefiting the entire Hungarian society.
Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University, and Chair of the Middle State Commission on Higher Education Evaluation Team has recommended that CEU be re-accredited for another four years as a US higher education institution.
A group of United States Senators concerned about Hungary's democratic backsliding sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, David Cornstein on December 20. Read a summary below or the full text of the letter at this link.
Because Hungary’s Lex CEU forbids Central European University (CEU) to accept new students after January 1, 2019, CEU is forced to announce today that it will launch all U.S.-accredited degree programs in Vienna in September 2019. It is making the announcement today in order to guarantee that it can recruit students in time for the beginning of the next academic year.
Please read below President and Rector Michael Ignatieff's response to Foreign Minister Szijjarto Peter's remarks made about CEU earlier this week.
Dear Mr. Foreign Minister:
In remarks to the press earlier this week, you gave the clearest indication yet that on January 1, 2019 your government will force CEU out of Hungary.
You assert that CEU has not established educational activity in the State of New York. This will obviously be the basis on which the government justifies its decision.
Central European University (CEU) welcomes the support of the more than 60-member, bipartisan Transatlantic Democracy Working Group of former senior U.S. government officials, national security experts, and scholars. The organization, whose statement can be read here, called the threat to CEU’s operations and academic freedom a threat to U.S.-Hungarian relations.