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4th December, 2018

CEU announces departure for Vienna

CEU management said on Monday that the university is obliged to announce that it will launch all of its US-accredited programmes in Vienna in September 2019 as Hungary’s “Lex CEU” forbids it from accepting new students from January 1, 2019.

Those foreign and Hungarian students who have begun their studies in Budapest will complete their studies here.

That part of the university that teaches Hungarian-accredited courses will remain in Budapest.

However, the vast majority of the school’s 1,500 students come to earn US-accredited degrees. The Lex CEU stipulates that the university can not issue such degrees to students admitted after January 1.

Rector Michael Ignatieff told a Monday press conference that the university has honoured the 2017 law on its status, but Hungarian authorities will not sign the necessary agreement required by the legislation, thereby pushing CEU out of Hungary.

“The Hungarian government has made it clear it has no intention of signing the agreement that it negotiated over a year ago with the State of New York, which would ensure CEU’s operations in Budapest for the long term,” Ignatieff said.

“CEU has been pushed out,” he added. “This is unprecedented. A US institution has been driven out of a country that is a NATO ally. A European institution has been ousted from a member state of the EU”.

Ignatieff said “the government has done an injustice toward its own citizens – the hundreds of Hungarians who work and study at CEU, and thousands of Hungarian alumni and their families.”

The university retains accreditation as a Hungarian university and will seek to continue teaching and research activity in Budapest as long as possible, the statement said.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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