Pres­i­dent signs law that could shut­ter Soros-funded col­lege

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BU­DAPEST | Hun­gary’s pres­i­dent on Mon­day signed amend­ments to the coun­try’s higher ed­u­ca­tion law that could force a Bu­dapest univer­sity founded by bil­lion­aire Amer­i­can phi­lan­thropist Ge­orge Soros to close or move.

Cen­tral Euro­pean Univer­sity has vowed to chal­lenge the leg­is­la­tion and to re­main in Bu­dapest de­spite in­vi­ta­tions to pos­si­bly re­lo­cate from cities in Lithua­nia and Poland. Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple had gath­ered out­side Pres­i­dent Janos Ader’s of­fices in Buda Cas­tle to protest his ac­tion.

Mr. Ader said in a state­ment that the bill set­ting new con­di­tions for for­eign uni­ver­si­ties in Hun­gary was in line with the Con­sti­tu­tion and did not in­fringe upon academic free­doms.

About 70,000 peo­ple ral­lied in support of CEU on Sun­day. It was the third rally in eight days in support of the univer­sity, which en­rolls over 1,400 stu­dents from 108 coun­tries.

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