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UUK supports EUA statement on Hungary's Central European University

6 April 2017
Central European University

Universities UK has endorsed the European University Association (EUA) statement condemning the recently-passed legislation in Hungary that could force the closure of the Central European University (CEU).

 

The statement was agreed at the EUA's annual conference taking place (6-7 April) in Bergen, Norway


The EUA statement (06 April 2017):

EUA members – gathered at the University of Bergen on the occasion of the General Assembly and Annual Conference on “Autonomy and Freedom: the Future Sustainability of Universities” – express their deep concern and shock at the adoption on 4 April 2017 of legislation intended to shut down the Central European University (CEU), one of EUA’s long-standing members.

The bill was passed in spite of CEU’s long record in successfully educating generations of students, promoting critical thinking and advancing research in Hungary. This demonstrates a complete lack of respect for university autonomy and academic freedom, which EUA strongly condemns.

EUA believes that autonomous institutions should be left to govern themselves free of state interference and oppression. Moreover, this is the first time that the government of an EU country seeks to shut down a university in this manner. EUA therefore calls on Hungarian President Janos Ader not to sign this new legislation.

Only in open and democratic societies can autonomy and academic freedom enable universities to flourish and play their role in society. EUA therefore continues to stand by CEU, inspired by the statement of support by the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier who said that:

“Europe, then, must not be silent, when civil society, even academia - as now at Central European University in Budapest - are deprived of the air to breathe.”

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

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