CEU "forced out" of Hungary—University Determined to Uphold Academic Freedom

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

On October 25, 2018 the Board of Trustees of Central European University (CEU) announced that it will move most of its teaching to Vienna if the government of Hungary fails to remove the legal obstacles to its academic freedom.


Michael Ignatieff, the President of CEU, announced that the university would stop admitting students in Budapest after failing to resolve a dispute with the government over a new law that appeared to require CEU to open a branch in the United States. CEU’s incoming students for master's and doctoral programs will study at a new campus in Vienna beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.