Open Society Prize

The CEU Open Society Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding individual or organization whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society. The prize was first awarded in 1994, to philosopher Sir Karl Popper, whose book The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945) presented a philosophy of tolerance, openness and democratic values.

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Ukraine 5 AM Coalition receives CEU Open Society Prize in recognition of their work to document atrocities during the Russian war on Ukraine.

Vienna, June 18, 2021―Today, at a ceremony in Vienna, former Minister for Health for Kerala, Smt. K.K. Shailaja Teacher, was announced as this year’s recipient of the prestigious CEU Open Society Prize.     

CEU calls for the Belarusian authorities to immediately cease its acts of harassment, both against Svetlana Alexievich and against all citizens.

CEU awarded its highest honor, the Open Society Prize, to the journalist and 2015 Nobel laureate for Literature.

Budapest, June 24, 2019―Central European University awarded its highest honor, the Open Society Prize, to Columbia University professor and economist Joseph E. Stiglitz.