OTTAWA, April 7, 2017 — The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences expresses its deep concern regarding proposed legislative measures that threaten the current status of the Central European University in Budapest.
The legislative measures run counter to the fundamental principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy, which are essential to the role of universities to teach and advance knowledge.
The Federation urges the government of Hungary to withdraw the proposed legislation, endorses the Canadian Political Science Association statement issued on this matter April 6, 2017, and joins academic organizations around the world in its support for Central European University and its 1,500 students from more than 100 countries.
About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year.