Students gather in solidarity with Central European University

Students of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies are organising a gesture in solidarity with Central European University (CEU) on Thursday at 13.45. Everyone wishing to express their support are welcome to attend.

CEU is an internationally esteemed university that has made an immense contribution to the intellectual life and societies throughout Central and Eastern Europe; numerous University of Tartu alumni have also undertaken their postgraduate studies at CEU. Recent legislative changes in Hungary have a severe impact on the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU), making it virtually impossible for the university to continue its operations there.

“What is happening in Hungary is an attack against academic freedom. Given the strong academic links between our universities, the students saw the need to react and express their solidarity,” Gert Siniloo, the organiser of the event and Master student of International Relations at the Skytte Institute, said.

A group photo will be taken at the event, organised in front of the Social Sciences building (Lossi 36) on Thursday at 13.45. The organisers recommend bringing along posters with a solidarity statement #IstandwithCEU. All students, staff members of the university as well as citizens of Tartu are invited to join.

Additional information: Gert Siniloo, Master student of the UT Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, gsiniloo@ut.ee

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