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WU matters. WU talks. Universities: Key to an open society, target of political hostility?

A discus­sion on educa­tional policy

Public debates about fake news, alter­na­tive facts, and the role of univer­si­ties came to a head recently when Buda­pest’s Central Euro­pean Univer­sity (CEU) came under poli­tical attack. CEU’s future is currently at risk follo­wing an amend­ment of the Hunga­rian higher educa­tion act. In the past few months, thousands of students, acade­mics, and rese­ar­chers took to the streets around the world to protest some of these deve­lop­ments: The March for Science was held in over 500 cities world­wide to send out a strong signal in support of science. The Vienna march ended with the words, “Any threat to the freedom of science is also a threat to demo­cratic freedom.” At the upco­ming panel discus­sion, WU Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Egger and CEU Rector Michael Igna­tieff will talk about the role of univer­si­ties in today’s society and their func­tions, respon­si­bi­li­ties, chal­lenges, and oppor­tu­nities in the future. What does academic freedom actually mean today?

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Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna
Michael Igna­tieff, Presi­dent and Rector, CEU Buda­pest

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Sebas­tian Loudon, Die Zeit

 



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