Ministers’ Criticism against Hungary’s Treatment of CEU

2017-06-19 14:24

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Marita Ulvskog, member of the European Parliament, criticize the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban’s attack against the Central European University (CEU) in a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet, a local Swedish newspaper.

“Now, with the increasing misinformation, the need for scientific data is higher than any time before and academic freedom is a prerequisite for democracy. The Hungarian Prime Minister’s attack against CEU is; therefore, an attack against Hungary’s and EU’s democratic principles in the long run,” they write in the debate article.

The government of Hungary has tried to limit CEU’s possibility to act as a free institution by modifying its higher education act and an alarming law about “transparency in organizations which receive foreign support”. CEU offers the first professorship in gender studies in Hungary.

– CEU is extremely important in improving gender research in Europe. I am satisfied that the ministers powerfully formulate their criticism, says Kajsa Widegren, Project Manager and Acting Deputy Manager at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

Author Anneli Tillberg, translated by Nazifa Alizada
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