School & University

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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.
A blue badge saying "#I stand with CEU"
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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.

Demonstration for Freedom of Education
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Europe seems to face a more immediate threat than Le Pen. It comes from a central European country whose governing party belongs to the most mainstream European party, the European People’s Party, Hungary.

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.

April 2017, protests against the closure of the Central European University in Budapest
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If Hungarian President János Áder signs the law, it will most probably have serious consequences for Hungary’s diplomatic relations. No less importantly, it will mark the beginning of the end of an independent academic sector in the country.

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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.

I stand with CEU
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The Hungarian government trys to shut down the renowned Central European University. This is an attack on academic freedom in Europe.

Boats in Dakar, Senegal
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Making commons come alive again in everyday life seems like a revolution that can be interpreted through two lenses. Is it a rediscovery of precapitalist and prestate organizational principles or is it a break with the current political order?

Duniya Mohsini is a university lecturer. She has been teaching for the last 12 years and is much liked by her students. Currently, she is doing a Ph.D. course in literature at a university in Tajikistan. She has been a frequent contributor to Rah-e Madaniyat Daily.

 

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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