School & University

Lex CEU: A Kafkaesque Affair

Interview

The Hungarian government’s recently adopted legislation seem to specifically target the Central European University, creating a situation of existential instability. Anna Frenyó spoke with Zsolt Enyedi, the university’s Pro-Rector for Hungarian Affairs about the latest developments.

The role of irony in the political activism of Hungarian youth

In April 2017, a series of demonstrations took place in Budapest against an amendment to the Higher Education Act. They were organised by mostly social media-based groups, but they differed in several aspects from the demonstration culture that has been the norm in Hungary in recent decades.

By Andrea Szabó

"It’s about a battle of ideas in which we have to constantly engage our opponents"

In the beginning of April, the Hungarian President János Áder signed into force certain amendments to the Higher Education Act which in their particular formulation are obviously directed against the renowned Central European University (CEU), based in Budapest. We discussed with President Michael Ignatieff the implications of the new legislation on the university and its future prospects.
By Peter Brod

Orbán vs. the World: The Background Context of the Lex CEU

The attack on CEU is one in a series of attempts to eliminate the so-called enemies of illiberal democracy. The government has manufactured a fear-inducing narrative by inventing an imaginary enemy threatening the people of Hungary.

By Gabi Gőbl

Feature: Lex CEU - Orbán’s attack on academic freedom

On April 4th 2017, the Hungarian government passed amendments which are obviously directed against the renowned Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros. In our feature, we collect articles on Orbán’s attack on academic freedom.

The Clash of Realities Behind the CEU Affair

Thousands of people are protesting against the close down of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. It is a political battle about “foreign influences” and pro or anti EU, US or Russia sentiments.

By Kata Szabó

School & University

Education is of paramount importance for individuals’ chances to participate in society. However, although this notion is beyond controversy, it has lead to heated debates about the merits and demerits of certain models of education. Education has become a benchmark of how just a society is. The Heinrich Böll Foundation promotes a republican education system, one that ensures that all students reach a minimum level of skills. The only way to achieve this is if schools shoulder the responsibility accordingly.

Universities are core institutions of every modern society. Today, on the path towards a knowledge society they are becoming more and more important and, at the same time, the demands made on them are reaching ever new heights. Universities are meant to be engines of innovation and to prompt economic momentum, to provide job skills and thus foster social inclusion, to promote critical thinking, to function as hubs of regional development, and, through their research, provide answers to crucial challenges we will be facing in the near future. How can we enable them to achieve all of the above?

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