President of Johns Hopkins University praises CEU


Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Evaluation Team, has recommended that the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU) be re-accredited for another five years as a U.S. higher education institution, says a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Daniels congratulated CEU on having, in the team’s assessment, “successfully met all Middle States Commission on Higher Education standards of accreditation and requirements of affiliation.” Hailing CEU as “one of the great stories of higher education today,” Daniels shared areas that struck his team as particularly outstanding.

Clear to the eight-strong team was CEU’s impact, as evidenced by the numbers, quality, and diversity of students it has attracted from this region and across the globe, and by the university’s “demonstrated success in equipping CEU students for more meaningful and successful leadership across the walks of life.”

The team recognized CEU’s dedication to the development of robust education offerings and its focus on learning-centered teaching that helped to place CEU in the top 51-100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018 by subject in history, philosophy, political science, social policy, and sociology, and in the top 200 in economics and law. The team was equally impressed by what Daniels called the university’s “prolific scholars,” noting that in the academic year 2017-18 alone they raised nearly EUR 7.5 million in external grants.

The team’s findings will now be submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, with the commission decision expected in June, the press release said. 

Last year, CEU announced that Hungary’s amended law on higher education prevents it from being able to accept new students at its Budapest campus after January 1, 2019, resulting in the university launching all its U.S.-accredited degree programs in Vienna from September 2019.

Hungaryʼs amended higher education act, passed in April 2017, requires foreign colleges and universities in Hungary to operate on the basis of an interstate agreement and to run a campus in the country in which they are based. CEU stated in December that over the course of the preceding 20 months, it had taken all steps to comply with Hungarian legislation, launching educational activities in the U.S. that were certified by U.S. authorities. 

CEU - in Hungarian, Közép-európai Egyetem - retains accreditation as a Hungarian university, and will seek to continue teaching and research activity in Budapest as long as possible, the university said in December.

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