Thou­sands rally in sup­port of Soros-founded school

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

BU­DAPEST | Some 70,000 peo­ple are at­tend­ing a Bu­dapest rally in sup­port of a lo­cal univer­sity founded by Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire George Soros that is seen as a tar­get for Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban’s il­lib­eral poli­cies.

The Hun­gar­ian-born Soros founded Cen­tral Euro­pean Univer­sity (CEU) in 1991. Amend­ments to Hun­gary’s higher ed­u­ca­tion law ap­proved last week could force it to close or move.

The law re­quires CEU to change its name and open a cam­pus in the United States. Protesters gath­ered out­side Par­lia­ment on Sun­day want Pres­i­dent Janos Ader to veto the leg­is­la­tion.

CEU is ac­cred­ited in New York state and in Hun­gary, and stu­dents can earn de­grees valid in both coun­tries. The univer­sity cur­rently en­rolls more than 1,400 stu­dents from 108 coun­tries.

Mr. Or­ban’s plans for an “il­lib­eral state” con­trast with Mr. Soros’ “open so­ci­ety” ideal.


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