Stand up for CEU

An open letter from Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.

Dear Friends,

I wish to thank all of you who have reached out to celebrate my 50th birthday yesterday. If you really wish to honor my half a century, help me speak up for higher education, and share it with your friends!

I returned in Budapest six years ago to help build a network science program at Central European University. We succeeded beyond our dreams–we have just enrolled the third cohort of network science PhD students; the university hired a number of fantastic faculty and is about to make one more hire, and the vibrant program on networks has affected the life of hundreds of students and researchers from all over Hungary. With that CEU became the center of network science in Europe, and Budapest Europe’s Network Capital!

All of this at risk right now, as the Hungarian Government has just moved a law in front of the parliament that, if passed, would revoke the mandate of CEU as an educational institution. A nation that rightly prides itself for its achievements in scholarship, is at risk of destroying the engine that trains its next generation of scientists.

Most of you know me for my research, which was only possible thanks to strong and proud educational institutions– from the Marton Aron Gimnazium in Transylvania, to the University of Bucharest, Eotvos University in Budapest, Boston University, University of Notre Dame, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Technical University of Budapest, and Central European University. Without these beacons of intellectual freedom, we would not have science, scholarship and I could not have helped develop network science!

So honor me today by speaking up for Central European University at every forum you have at your disposal! It does not matter where you are politically– speak, like I do, for research and scholarship!

Share this, and let the world know that you care! And sign the petition that will be delivered to the Parliament soon:

If you can influence decision makers, either in Hungary or in the US, at this moment when they need to hear your voice!

Albert-László Barabási



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