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 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.
Budapest, April 3 – CEU has submitted to all Members of the Hungarian Parliament a legal memorandum raising substantial issues about the legality and constitutionality of the proposed amendment to Act CCIV of 2011 on national higher education. CEU will continue to contest this law using all available legal means in Hungary and in the EU.
Expressions of support for CEU and for preserving academic freedom in Hungary, and objections to the proposed legislation, continue to pour in from Hungary and around the world.