New Law Imperils Central European University

New Law Imperils Central European University

New Law Imperils Central European University

The bill, passed by right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party, imposed new rules under which the CEU must operate, making it impossible to award diplomas because it is formally registered in the United States. "The autonomy of universities, whether it's in Hungary registered, working university, foreign university, it is stated in the constitution that university autonomy should not be. can not be hurt: So the government has no such target".

After days of protests and global criticism, the Hungarian government dispatched its education minister to Brussels to defend a controversial law that critics say would effectively shutter the Central European University, funded by the billionaire financier George Soros.

The large crowd marched across a bridge over the River Danube, urging President Janos Ader to review the new law adopted by parliament last week that is bound to trigger the closure of the CEU.

This bill will effectively force CEU from Hungary - where it occupies prime real estate in the centre - as it requires foreign universities to have a campus both in the capital and their home countries.

Tens of thousands demonstrated Sunday in Budapest against the legislation, many chanting "Don't sign it, Janos!" and holding up placards reading "Veto!" The university now enrolls more than 1,400 students from 108 countries. He says that CEU is "cheating" because it doesn't have a USA campus but issues diplomas recognized in both countries.

CEU Rector Michael Ignatieff said the US State Department will send diplomats to Budapest next week to address the crisis.

For the Soros-founded Central European University, Hungary is demanding bilateral agreements with the United States and the state of NY, where the school is also accredited.

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The legislation has attracted widespread criticism overseas, including from Washington, Brussels and academics.

"It's noteworthy that all of the other institutions have accepted this modest minimal condition of university equality and fairness".

Main building of the Central European University (CEU).

Mr Orban has accused NGOs funded by Mr Soros of fuelling Europe's refugee crisis, and threatening Europe's security and identity by encouraging the arrival of large numbers of Muslims.

The Central European University (CEU) represents everything the current Hungarian government sees as a threat: critical thinking, liberal values, and academic freedom.

A law expected to be passed in May would force NGOs getting more than 7.2 million forints ($24,500) a year from overseas to register with authorities.

Yee said "the United States does not engage in such agreements about. how universities are going to be run in foreign countries".

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