Soros-Founded University Says "Forced Out Of Budapest"

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This was stated by the rector of CEU, Michael Ignatieff.

A university founded by Hungary-born American financier George Soros on Monday said it has been "forced out of" Hungary. "This is unprecedented. A USA institution has been driven out of a country that is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

CEU said it would start enrolling students for US degrees at its new campus in Vienna for the next academic year. The law has also been challenged at Hungary's Constitutional Court.

"It's not just a problem for my university, it's a problem for every university in [Hungary]", he emphasised.

According to the Post, Orban has accused Soros of encouraging immigration into Europe, which Soros has denied, according to Reuters. In June, lawmakers approved the "Stop Soros" law, which allows criminal penalties of up to a year in prison for those convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

The pro-democracy philanthropist has also been criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump and vilified by right-wing conspiracy theorists.

Ignatieff told a news conference later that the CEU had received a "clear and unequivocal" welcome in Austria.

The university said it would retain "accreditation as a Hungarian university and ... continue teaching and research activity in Budapest as long as possible".

Ignatieff noted a certain irony in the situation given CEU's origins as an anti-communist university. Since the CEU does not provide educational services in the United States, it has come under threat of closure in Hungary. "It didn't go in the direction that anybody expected". In the statement, Ignatieff called the forced removal "a flagrant violation of academic freedom", adding, "It is a dark day for Europe and a dark day for Hungary". In October, for example, the government eliminated gender study programs at public universities. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "In the 21st century no place is very far away, and what starts in one place can easily spread to many places".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called the development a "terrible loss".

"Today's announcement that the Central European University (CEU) will be forced to relocate after Hungary's refusal to allow it to continue operations in Budapest is a awful loss". The university set a December deadline to resolve the dispute in order to give incoming students certainty about where they will be studying next year, but has not yet reached a deal with the government.

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