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21st August, 2019

Soros vows to grant more funds to CEU

Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros has pledged in a letter that he and his Open Society Foundations will increase funding for the Central European University (CEU).

In the letter released by CEU on Friday, Soros wrote that by preventing American diplomas from being granted in Budapest, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had forced CEU to move its courses accredited in the United States to Vienna.

“CEU is nevertheless determined to maintain both academic and public activities on its campus in Budapest and it has the full support of the Open Society Foundations and me personally in this endeavour,” Soros wrote.

He closed his letter by thanking “the perseverance and loyalty of the CEU community under the inspired leadership of its president and Rector Michael Ignatieff in very difficult circumstances. I am also grateful for the steadfast support CEU received both from the Hungarian public and the global academic community. With their support, CEU has emerged as the beacon and symbol of academic freedom worldwide.”

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