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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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 Names Medecins Sans Frontieres Winner of 2016 CEU Open Society Prize

Budapest, May 26, 2016 – Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English) has been named the winner of the 2016 CEU Open Society Prize in recognition of the courageous humanitarian leadership the organization has shown throughout the world. The award, given annually, was first presented to Sir Karl Popper in 1994. Subsequent winners include Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, Ricardo Lagos, Carla Del Ponte, Kofi Annan, Javier Solana, Kristalina Georgieva and Richard C. Holbrooke.

International Renaissance Foundation Wins 2015 CEU Open Society Prize

The International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) has been named the winner of the 2015 CEU Open Society Prize in recognition of its contribution to efforts toward the creation of an open society in Ukraine. Created in 1994, the award was first given to Sir Karl Popper, the eminent philosopher and distinguished proponent of the concept of open society. In subsequent years the award was given to Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, Ricardo Lagos, Carla Del Ponte, Kofi Annan, Richard C. Holbrooke and Kristalina Georgieva, among  others.

CEU Names EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva Winner of 2014 CEU Open Society Prize

Budapest, June 10, 2014 –European Commissioner of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva has been named the 2014 CEU Open Society Prize winner. The CEU Open Society Prize is awarded to an outstanding individual whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society. Sir Karl Popper received the first prize in 1994, followed by Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, Ricardo Lagos, Carla Del Ponte, Kofi Annan, Javier Solana, Richard C. Holbrooke and others.

Record Number Receive Diplomas, Open Society Prize Awarded at Graduation

A record 669 graduates from 77 countries received their diplomas at the University's 22nd annual commencement ceremony on June 13. President and Rector John Shattuck welcomed the graduates, their friends and families, and Open Society Prize winner Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to Budapest's Palace of Arts on the banks of the then-flooded Danube River. Provost and Academic Pro-Rector Katalin Farkas served as master of ceremonies.