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CAUT worried for the future of Central European University

(Ottawa — April 4, 2017) – The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) wrote to the Hungarian government to express concern about proposed legislation threatening the internationally prestigious Central European University (CEU).

In its letter, the CAUT notes that amendments to Act CCIV on National Higher Education, if passed, will make the institution’s continued operation as a free and independent international graduate university impossible.

“For 25 years, CEU has played a global role in advancing knowledge and scientific inquiry,” says CAUT President James Compton. “Academic freedom and university autonomy are fundamental pillars of all democratic societies. The proposed legislative changes would undermine those pillars and set a dangerous precedent for other institutions in Hungary.”

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, 613-820-2270 or keller@caut.ca