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Students in Hungary march against a bill threatening future of prestigious university

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Students in Hungary march against a bill threatening future of prestigious university

<p>Thousands of Hungarian and foreign students are demanding the government withdraws legislation which could force a university founded by philanthropist George Soros out of the county.</p> <p>Hungary’s parliament is due to debate a bill which sets out new restrictions proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban who is a critic of liberal civil organisations funded by Soros.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thousands Rally in Hungary in Support of Soros-founded University <a href="https://t.co/znmi9mQYJJ">https://t.co/znmi9mQYJJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZIuUOcBV1R">pic.twitter.com/ZIuUOcBV1R</a></p>— The Voice of America (@VOANews) <a href="https://twitter.com/VOANews/status/848619876658798592">April 2, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <p>“I think there have been many bad things done by this government in the last seven years, but I haven’t experienced one like this that has no rationality at all but pure primitive revenge,” said one protester.</p> <p>“I would like Hungary to have free education, where one cannot close down institutions with a post factum regulation.”</p> <p>The Soros’s Central European University (<span class="caps">CEU</span>) awards diplomas recognised both in the US and Hungary for its doctoral courses in social sciences. </p> <p>Under the bill, foreign universities must have a campus in Budapest and in their home country. The <span class="caps">CEU</span>, which only operates in the capital, is the only international college with no arm elsewhere. <span class="caps">CEU</span> has said the bill threatened academic freedom.</p> <p>The US which has many students attending the university has described it as “premier academic institution” and urged the government not to compromise its independence.</p> <p>Our reported Andrea Hajagos who is in Budapest said,<br /> “The protesters marched in front of <span class="caps">CEU</span>’s buildings, the rector of which has just traveled to Washington to brief legislators there about the situation.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/TSnMJ7sux0">https://t.co/TSnMJ7sux0</a> – US State Department calls on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hungary?src=hash">#Hungary</a> gov't to back off Lex <span class="caps">CEU</span></p>— The Budapest Beacon (@BudapestBeacon) <a href="https://twitter.com/BudapestBeacon/status/847796820067667969">March 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>