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Mar 01, 2018

Hungarian Accreditation Committee has re-accredited Közép-európai Egyetem

Despite Hungarian press reports suggesting otherwise, it was Közép-európai Egyetem (KEE) that has been re-accredited by MAB, not the CEU

Central European University's Hungarian legal entity, known as Közép-európai Egyetem, has been re-accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (MAB) following an extensive review.

MAB voted unanimously to grant institutional re-accreditation at its February 23rd meeting.

KEE's accreditation and functioning has never been questioned as it has always operated in line with Hungary's legal framework. The re-accreditation occured at the institution's own request because the previous five-year term expired on December 31, 2017.

Earlier today, reports appeared in the Hungarian press suggesting that the re-accreditation concerns the New York-based Central European University, too. These reports, according to government sources, are not accurate. 

In April 2017, the Hungarian Parliament passed an amendment to the Act on Higher Education that requires foreign universities operating in Hungary to abide by certain regulations.

For example, the legislation requires that universities and colleges from outside of the European Economic Area, awarding diplomas from their country of origin in Hungary, carry out education programs in their countries of origin as well. Whether the US affiliate of CEU is carrying out education programs in the United States is still under review. 

CEU initially took issue with the new administrative rules, despite it being only one of two dozen institutions affected by the new law.

Hungary's laws should apply equally to all universities, the government has said.