Central European University’s announcement to move courses to Vienna is “a political bluff”, says Government Spokesman István Hollik.
It has been revealed that the George Soros-founded university will keep several of its courses running in Budapest. Hollik said this "makes it clear to everybody that the whole affair is nothing else, but the usual political bluff by Soros which the government does not wish to deal with.”
Let’s take a look at the facts.
CEU has enjoyed undue privilege by operating what was essentially an “offshore university,” issuing 2-for-1 Hungarian-American degrees without offering genuine educational programs in the US where it was accredited. That’s the CEU in New York state.
But the university has its registered university in Hungary. It’s called the Közép-európai Egyetem (also known as KEE), and its fully accredited here. KEE has been delivering courses as a Hungarian institution of higher education. It continues to do so today and, as far as we know, will continue to do so in the future.
Technically, then, the rector’s declaration of an intent to relocate the CEU’s issuing body to Vienna only affects the US-registered CEU and leaves KEE intact. Taking that into consideration, one sees that this has nothing to do with “academic freedom”—and never has – it’s another wily maneuver, a Soros-style political ploy.