Bard College holds a faculty meeting Wednesday April 12, 2017, in Annandale-on-Hudson. [Photo by Karl Rabe]

Bard College Statement on Its Relationship with the Central European University

To Whom It May Concern:

A number of erroneous claims have been made about the academic activities of the Central European University (CEU) in the U.S. and the relationship between CEU and Bard College. I write the below to offer clarity.

CEU runs a joint program with Bard College, an Advanced Certificate Program in Inequality Analysis, accredited by the New York State Education Department. The program is offered on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where CEU and Bard faculty teach. Students in the program must spend time in both New York and Budapest and study with Bard and CEU faculty.

The program already has one graduate and 12 students are currently enrolled. A group of 10–12 students, who are simultaneously enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program and the Bard College/Levy Economics Institute MS Program in Economic Theory and Policy, will study at CEU this winter/spring.

CEU has a dedicated building on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus, with facilities for teaching, distance learning, and research; and offices for faculty, researchers, and administrators. In addition, CEU has access to all other Bard facilities on this campus, as set out in the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The program is taught by CEU and Bard faculty members. In addition, CEU sends fellows to conduct research projects at Bard. During the time of their projects, CEU research fellows are located at Bard and use the dedicated space in CEU’s building on the campus.

In addition, CEU runs an MA program in International Relations in New York City, also accredited by the New York State Education Department and specifically authorized to be taught in New York premises rented by CEU. The program includes internships with prestigious international organizations in New York, which are facilitated by the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. CEU hires faculty, who are located in New York City, to teach in this program. The program will host nearly 20 CEU students this academic year.

Bard College has assisted CEU in its efforts to deliver academic programs in the United States. The CEU-Bard relationship extends back two decades, and the institutions have cooperated in a number of activities over this time. Bard College is a 158-year-old institution, a leading American liberal arts college which was described by Best College Reviews as having one of the “most beautiful college campuses in America,” is constantly identified by Princeton Review at the top for “best classroom experience,” has been ranked by US News and World Report as America’s “most innovative” liberal arts college, and is ranked 15th nationwide by Forbes for “top return on investment.”

The College has a long history with Hungary. Fresh from the Hungarian Revolution, 300 student refugees arrived at Bard in December 1956, during the College’s Winter Field Period. Bard welcomed them to our Annandale campus and provided them with orientation and English language instruction. They used the time to learn, teach, organize, and begin to adapt to what, for many, would become their new country. In 2007, Bard held an international conference commemorating the 1956 arrival of the Hungarian freedom fighters to the College and reunited many of the original participants, honoring their contributions to this country. Dozens of Hungarian students have studied at Bard, many in the College’s internationally renowned Conservatory of Music.

CEU clearly fulfills the requirements of Hungarian educational law. To suggest that there is no program between CEU and Bard, or that CEU does not offer academic programs in New York, is simply absurd and ignores easily confirmed facts.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Becker
Director of U.S. Programs for CEU
Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bard College


Central European University students studying in New York City as a part of their MA in International Affairs with CEU Dean of Students Chrys Margaritidis, CEU Director of Community Engagement Emese Boldizsar, and CEU Prof. Ben Schrader (who is in residence in New York this semester).
Hungarian officials visiting CEU premises on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson Campus.
Andrea Weber holds an an economics seminar on discrimination Tuesday February 27, 2018, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. Photo by Karl Rabe.


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