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A Hungarian draft law would impose stringent conditions on the private graduate school.29 March 2017
The bill submitted to parliament by Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog aims to regulate 28 private universities in Hungary. Balog said current law needed amending because of “national security considerations” and to ensure that university courses meet “foreign policy priorities,” Bloomberg reports.
Founded by Hungarian-American financier George Soros in 1991, CEU is one of the largest and best known of the many private colleges and universities that cropped up in Central Europe in the 1990s.
Education Minister Laszlo Palkovics denied that the bill was aimed specifically at Soros, the BBC reports. The philanthropist’s Open Society Institute has funded many cultural and social programs in Central and Eastern Europe and who nationalists often accuse of being a tool of American liberal interests.
CEU President Michael Ignatieff, a writer and former Canadian politician, said the institution complied with Hungarian law and charged that the bill was designed to shut it down.
"We will defend our achievements vigorously against anyone who seeks to defame our work in the eyes of the Hungarian people," he said.
CEU offers only graduate-level degrees. It is registered in New York State but has no U.S. campus, unlike the other 27 institutions that would be affected by the bill.
Under the bill, the university could only stay open if U.S. President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban – both “sworn enemies” of Soros in the words of the BBC’s Nick Thorpe – sign an intergovernmental agreement and it establishes a U.S. campus by next February.
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