Central European University Leaves Hungary
After 25 years, the Central European University is being forced out of Hungary
CEU’s legal status has been in limbo for more than a year since changes to a new higher education law.
Сritics of Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that legal changes deliberately targeted CEU, on the backdrop of a long political and ideological feud between the Hungarian Prime Minister and Soros.
“An American institution that has been here for 25 years and is accredited in the state of New York has been forced out of the country by a state that is an ally of the United States,” Michael Ignatieff, rector, and president of CEU said.
This decision marks the end of three decades during which the CEU had been a gateway to the West for thousands of students from the former eastern bloc countries.
The institution aimed to offer them U.S.-accredited degree programs.
The European Commission has taken Hungary to court over other issues related to the rule of law and democratic standards.