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Domestic 

Domestic Programs: 

CCE collaborates on a wide range of domestic programs that challenge students to examine the idea of global citizenship in the 21st century. 

 
Education

Educational Initiatives:

CCE is committed to innovative hands-on liberal education through dual degree partnerships, international student exchanges, and educational reform programs.


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For Students: 

CCE sponsors events; facilitates internships, volunteer, and service-learning opportunities; and awards fellowships for students designed to reinforce the links between education, democracy, and citizenship.

Domestic 

Domestic Programs: 
CCE collaborates on a wide range of domestic programs that challenge students to examine the idea of global citizenship in the 21st century. 

 

International

International Programs:
The Bard Network, partnering with Open Society Foundation, offers students international educational opportunities at liberal institutions around the globe.


Education

Educational Initiatives:
CCE is committed to innovative hands-on liberal education through dual degree partnerships, international student exchanges, and educational reform programs.


Student Opportunities

For Students: 
CCE sponsors events; facilitates internships, volunteer, and service-learning opportunities; and awards fellowships for students designed to reinforce the links between education, democracy, and citizenship.

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Dear Colleagues, Students and Alumni/ae from Bard and the Bard network.
 
We are writing to ask that you express support and solidarity with our colleagues at the Central European University. The Hungarian government has proposed new legislation that is an assault on academic freedom and clearly targeted at undermining CEU and its future in Hungary.
 
You can read more about the situation from CEU or the Guardian or the New York Times or Twitter @StandwithCEU.
 
We ask that you sign a petition supporting CEU and/or send a letter of support.
 
On Bard, the Bard Network and CEU
 
Bard College has worked closely with the Central European University (CEU) almost since its inception. CEU is a beacon of academic quality and openness and a central hub in our network of partner institutions, which includes Bard College Berlin, the American University of Central Asia, Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences, European Humanities University, and “Smolny College” (the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Petersburg State University). CEU has been the destination for hundreds of network graduates who have pursued the masters and doctorates in Budapest, a source of outstanding faculty who teach at all of our institutions, and a venue for summer schools, conferences and workshop for faculty, students and staff.
 
Through Bard’s study away program with CEU, hundreds of students from Bard and America’s leading American universities have studied at CEU in Budapest. A partial list of institutions that have sent students to study on Bard programs at CEU includes: Barnard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Hamilton College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College, Swarthmore College, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.
 
Bard itself has a long and robust connection with Hungary. Bard recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of taking in more than 300 Hungarian freedom fighters who fled Hungary after their revolution against the Communist dictatorship was crushed in 1956. We have had a regular stream of Hungarian students for the past twenty-five years and over the past decade have hosted five to ten Hungarian students annually.
 
The decision by the Hungarian government to impose rules and regulations that knowingly will force CEU to close can be interpreted as nothing but an assault on academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. It does not represent the values or spirit of Hungary or the warm hospitality that so many of us have felt over the years of visiting Budapest. CEU is an outstanding institution recognized across the globe and a valued member of the international academic community: its presence in Hungary has added to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the international stage. Literally thousands of students and faculty from our network have been touched by CEU: its loss would be a loss for all of us.
 
Thank you to all in the network who are joining our efforts.
 
You can read more about Bard’s international network here.