L'Université libre de Bruxelles se déclare profondément préoccupée par les amendements à la loi nationale sur l'enseignement supérieur votée par le Parlement hongrois en avril

Ces amendements portent un coup à la liberté académique qui permet à toutes les universités de contribuer au nécessaire et essentiel débat intellectuel dans une société démocratique. Ces changements mettent en danger l’aptitude d’universités telles que l'Université d'Europe centrale (CEU) à accomplir leurs activités en Hongrie. L’ULB se joint donc au président et recteur Michael Ignatieff dans sa résistance contre toute tentative de mettre en danger la liberté académique des institutions en Hongrie tout comme dans n'importe quel pays dans le monde.

Motion du Conseil d'administration de l'ULB du 18 avril 2017

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) hereby expresses its deepest concern at the amendments to the country's national law on higher education voted by the Hungarian Parliament on April 4 and signed on April 10 by the President of the Republic of Hungary Janos Ader. In particular, and without challenging at all the legal right and duty of any country to organize rationally its higher education, these unnecessary changes endanger the ability of universities such as the Central European University (CEU) to continue operating in Hungary. In doing so, it strikes a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to contribute to the sound and necessary intellectual debate essential in a democratic society.

Threatening academic freedom deeply undermines core values of the European Union. By reducing the academic plurality, the above mentioned amendment impoverishes Hungary’s capacity to produce high quality knowledge, in all its diversity.

At Université libre de Bruxelles, we hold freedom and freedom of thought as our insignia, and we defend it vigorously. Therefore, joining many other academic institutions in Europe and beyond, ULB’s solidarity goes to CEU’s academic and scientific communities. We join President and Rector Michael Ignatieff in his resistance against any attempt to endanger the academic freedom of institutions in Hungary like in any place across the globe.

We hope that the many calls for dialogue extended to the Hungarian government by CEU and the global scientific and academic communities, along with the impressive reaction by the Hungarian people defending the high quality of education and scientific research will be heard.