ESHS Support letter to the CEU in Budapest

 

 

 

Dear Minister Balog,

 

 As President and Council members of the European Society for the History of Science, we are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU’s status in Hungary. These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish.

 

 As far as we know apart from CEU there is no other higher education institution registered abroad and internationally funded to which the proposed legislative changes would apply. This would make those changes an ad hoc tool to attack a specific educational institution. We think this a dangerous precedent in the broad perspective of consolidating democracy and cooperation in Europe and the world.

 

 We think that higher education institutions that are pluralistic and support democratic values should be always respected, particularly when they support research of high quality and encourage international cooperation, as is the case for CEU.

 

 In twenty-five years, Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. It attracts students from 117 countries and faculty from 40. The University as a whole is accredited by the US Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and its masters and doctoral programs are registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Its programs are also certified by appropriate Hungarian authorities and it has complied in full with all Hungarian laws.

 

 In international rankings, some of CEU’s departments are rated among the top 50 in the world. CEU also makes Hungary a regional leader in winning highly competitive European Research Council grants. Several of its faculty, in fields as various as medieval studies, network and cognitive science, have won the most prestigious awards in their disciplines.

 

 CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and its presence in Hungary has added to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the international stage. The government’s proposed legislation to alter its statute of operation in Hungary would compromise its academic freedom and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries.

 

 Therefore, we respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary’s well-founded international academic reputation, to its relationships with its European partners and with the United States.

 

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Founded in 2003, the European Society for the History of Science promotes European cooperation in the fields of history of science, technology and medicine. Members of the ESHS are located throughout the world.

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