Support for CEU

April 2nd, 2017
 
 
Viktor Orbán
Prime Minister
1357 Budapest, Pf. 6./Hungary
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Prime Minister Orbán:
 
On behalf of the Council for European Studies (CES), an academic consortium of more than 100 member institutions worldwide and over 1600 individual members, we would like to express our deepest concern over your intention to draft legislation that directly threatens to close down Central European University (CEU). We support rector Michael Ignatieff and his public statement that CEU is an accredited institution in both Hungary and the United States and that his institution is operating legally, thereby providing a world-class education to 1,440 students from 107 countries.
 
It is the mission of the CEU to produce renowned interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research, and it has long been one of the most respected institutions of higher learning in Central Europe. Legislation against CEU raises serious questions about the future of higher education and research as well as academic freedom in Hungary.
 
We therefore hope you will reconsider this legislation and reaffirm Hungary’s commitment to remain part of the European and international community of educators, researchers and students. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Sheri Berman, PhD
Chair of the Executive Committee
 
Jan Willem Duyvendak, PhD
Incoming Chair
  
Julia Lynch, PhD
Treasurer
 
Karen Anderson, PhD
 
Erik Bleich, PhD
 
Orfeo Fioretos, PhD
 
Evelyne Huber, PhD
 
Isabela Mares, PhD
 
Deborah Reed-Danahay, PhD
 
Alberta Sbragia, PhD
 
Nicole Shea, PhD
 
 





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