Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Soros-founded university says ‘forced out of Budapest’

Soros-founded university says ‘forced out of Budapest’

BUDAPEST - Hungary's Central European University founded by George Soros said on Monday that it would enroll new students for its U.S. degrees in Vienna from September 2019 after the government failed to ratify a deal to ensure its continued operation. "This is unprecedented. A USA institution has been driven out of a country that is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

The U.S. government was disappointed that the Hungarian government and CEU failed to reach the agreement that would allow the university to continue its U.S. -accredited programs in Hungary, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

Mr. Soros, who was born in Hungary and now lives in the United States, has been a frequent target for Mr. Orban whose vision for an "illiberal democracy" in Hungary clashes with the liberal, internationalist vision championed by Mr. Soros.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Leon Botstein, said Vienna and the Austrian federal government had welcomed CEU "with open arms" as part of their commitment to academic freedom and research.

The EU's executive commission previous year referred Hungary to court in the CEU case, saying that amendments Hungary made to its higher education law - some of which clearly targeted CEU - were counter to academic freedom and other EU rights.

Incoming students in CEU's masters and doctoral programs will start studying at the Vienna campus in the 2019-2020 academic year, while students already enrolled may remain in Budapest to complete their degrees.

But a government spokesperson has called the American site "a Potemkin campus" that fails to satisfy the new rules and has refused to sign an agreement with the US authorities that would let CEU continue to operate.

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The university will retain accreditation and aims to continue providing opportunities for teaching and research in Budapest "as long as it's possible", the statement said.

“CEU has been forced out, ” said CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff.

The CEU has been locked in a legal battle with PM Viktor Orban's anti-immigrant government for months, with its status up in the air following the implementation of a higher-education law which stipulates that a foreign university can only operate in Hungary if it offers courses in its home country as well.

The government has called the university's decision to move to Vienna a "political bluff".

"We, CEU and Fidesz, peacefully coexisted side by side in the past years", Lazar said.

A university founded by the billionaire philanthropist George Soros says that it has been driven out of Budapest by a state-orchestrated campaign of "low tricks, propaganda and lies". In June, the parliament approved the "Stop Soros" law, which allows criminal penalties of up to a year in prison for those convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

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