An interesting little tiff has erupted in Hungary. Seems that when folks were not looking, Soros decided to branch out from just making NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) to push his political agenda, but also made a “University” to indoctrinate whole cadres of folks into his point of view to continue pushing his agenda.
Why do I phrase it that way? Well, look at their curriculum. It’s right out of his “Open Societies” gimmick.
Yes, quoting the Wiki. That way you KNOW it is being colored in THE best possible light for Sorors and Friends…
The university offers degrees in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, business management, environmental science, and mathematics.
So any doubt what so ever that with the top 4 on the list being the oxymoronic “Social Sciences”, followed by a generic “Humanities” (that will be heavily biased…), then Law (and how to abuse it), and finally bringing all those together into Public Policy (the control for national destruction, perhaps?…One wonders if “How To Lie With Statistics” is taught in their mathematics department… shades of computer models and all…)
Notice there is NO Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, etc. etc. Science (real science) need not apply. This place is geared toward creating folks to go out and remake governments and peoples, not create real products or services.
CEU was founded by philanthropist George Soros, who has provided an endowment of US$880 million, making the university one of the wealthiest in Europe. It is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Central Europe for social sciences and humanities.
CEU evolved from a series of lectures held at the IUC in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, (now Croatia). In the Spring of 1989, as historical change was gathering momentum in the region the need for a new, independent, international university was being considered. The minutes of the gathering held in April 1989 records a discussion among scholars such as Rudolf Andorka, Péter Hanák, Márton Tardos, István Teplán, Tibor Vámos and Miklós Vásárhelyi from Budapest, William Newton-Smith and Kathleen Wilkes from Oxford, Jan Havranek, Michal Illner and Jiří Kořalka from Prague, Krzysztof Michalski and Włodzimierz Siwiński from Warsaw.
Now one must wonder just what was wrong with Harvard, Yale, Oxford, All the State Universities of the USA, La Sorbonne, etc. etc. that they were inadequate to their needs. Perhaps being too objective? Certainly not being too “right wing”…
The University was founded in 1991 in response to the fall of the Socialist Bloc. The founding vision was to create a university dedicated to examining the contemporary challenges of “open societies” and democratization.
Ah, there’s your “money quote”. Dedicated to pushing the Soros vision of “Open Societies” and the destruction of nation states and cultures. But cloaking it all in the faint odour of academia and impartiality.
The initial aim was to create a Western-modeled yet distinctly Central European institution that would foster inter-regional cooperation and educate a new corps of regional leaders to help usher in democratic transitions across the region. It was originally located in Prague, but because of “political and financial conflict between its founder and [the] Czech government,” represented by Vaclav Klaus, it was moved to Budapest.
OK, so the stated purpose is a take down of the established Western Democracies and to have a makeover of them via installing new “leadership” molded by Soros and his ilk. Czech caught on quick and tossed his ass, but being Hungarian I’d guess Hungary was more forgiving. At least then.
In its second decade, CEU broadened its focus from regional to global, with a special emphasis on democracy promotion and human rights around the world. It has since developed a distinct academic approach, combining regional studies with an international perspective, emphasizing comparative and interdisciplinary research in order to generate new scholarship and policy initiatives, and to promote good governance and the rule of law. CEU has extended its outreach and financial aid programs to certain areas of the developing world.
OK, so what happened to “consensus”? I guess it doesn’t matter if you are a Soros sort. Consensus is only important if you are NOT “on side” with them. Also note that the intent is to manufacture a body of “scholarship” so one can then point to it as the authority… Gee, where have we seen that strategy before? Hmmm?
CEU began the region’s first master’s degree programs in gender studies and environmental sciences. The CEU Center for Media, Data and Society is the leading center of research on media, communication, and information policy in the region.
I’m sorry, but anyone who needs more than 2 minutes to focus on their “gender studies” (got a winky, or not, is pretty quick to spot – inny or outy…) is clearly a bit, er, bent. What one does with it is a private matter and not really a subject for “studies”… IMHO. But in the context of Soros, it’s likely these are just the instruments by which to disrupt stable societies. Leverage “the environment” to destroy economies. Foment “gender issues” to destroy faith based communities in particular and the social fabric in general. Then they want to have effective control of “media” long with a good handle on using Big Data to manipulate societies. Got it.
On 14 October 2007 George Soros stepped down as Chairman of CEU Board. Leon Botstein (President of Bard College, New York), who had previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Board, was elected as new Chairman for a two-year term. George Soros is a Life-CEU Trustee and serves as Honorary Chairman of the Board.
On 1 August 2009 Rector Yehuda Elkana was succeeded by human rights leader and legal scholar John Shattuck. On May 5, 2016, it was announced that Michael Ignatieff would succeed Shattuck, becoming the fifth president and rector of the university.
Well, nice list of names to put on you “Dig Here!” list and do both contract tracing and action profiling.
Now of particular interest is their peculiar legal structure. One might wonder just why a European University is not incorporated in, well, Europe?
CEU is organized as an American-style institution, governed by a Board of Trustees, with a charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department. In the United States, CEU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In Hungary, CEU is officially recognized as a privately maintained and operated university. The university was accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee in 2004.
Well, New York. Gee, isn’t that were Billy Clinton set up shop? And Hillary likes to hang out? And Bloomberg? And…
Nice to have a legal domicile in a place run by fellow travelers, and remote from where you actually DO things that might cause ire in the government. Which it did…
The reason I started looking at this was the news (on European ROKU channels) about the CEU, Street
demonstrations Theatre, and the Evil Horrible Nasty Mean Old Man running Hungary thinking maybe a European University with pretty much all its operations in Hungary ought to have a Hungarian legal structure, or at least some tie to the place and the local law. (And maybe just a little bit that overthrowing governments and ignoring the will of the nation and the national culture are not really what University ought to be about…)
Amendment to Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education in the Hungarian Parliament (2017)
The announcement and CEU’s initial reactions
On 28 March 2017, Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog, also responsible for education, submitted a bill to Parliament to amend Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education. The bill aims to introduce new regulations for foreign-operating universities, several of which affect CEU. Notably, such universities could only operate if the Hungarian government has an agreement with the university’s other country of operation (concerning CEU, the agreement is between the State of New York and the city of Budapest). In addition, universities operating outside of the European Union should have a campus in their other country of operation, where comparable degree programs would be offered (currently not the case for CEU). Furthermore, both existing and new non-EU academic staff would be required to apply for working permits. This requirement is seen by critics as placing CEU at a particular disadvantage, given that it relies largely on non-EU faculty. Finally, the law would also prohibit both the American and Hungarian entities from sharing the same name.
So this Horrible Nasty Evil LAW would mean that a nearly 100% Hungarian University would need to be under the laws of Hungary, or have a real campus wherever it was legally domiciled. Hmmm… Seems pretty reasonable to me. Otherwise I could found the “University of Albania” in Florida and open a campus in Budapest and who would know I had zero connection to Albania. Frankly, having things the way they are now smells of offshore banking, shell corporations, and various other kinds of shenanigans.
Then for those Universities that ARE legitimately in existence in another country, it must be one where Hungary and that Country have a relationship and cross licensing agreement. Again, perfectly reasonable IMHO. US States are NOT allowed to enter into treaties and such, so any treaty between two nations can’t have one of them as signatory. What the “deal” is at present with New York is an interesting question…
Finally, folks not from the EU going to work in an EU country, need to have an EU work permit? You mean they don’t now? Hell, sign me up! I’m ready to fly on over and start teaching computer science. Or Art History (hey, I’ve looked at paintings…) or maybe even “Modern Art and Video – Emphasis on The Nude in Motion”… Oh, what, you say maybe it would be better if someone actually thought about that wide open barn door and required a moment thought about local labor availability and the potential to abuse the law as it stands now? Well… /sarc;
Though I do have to admit the idea of retiring to Europe (warm part…) teaching at the Royal Academy Of Art (legal domicile Delaware, USA) has a certain charm to it ;-)
Basically, while those laws might be a PITA to CEU, it is a PITA of their own making due to their slightly bizarre legal structure and their disdain for national labor laws. (Really “national anything”)
Now especially in the context of both Russia and India tossing Soros and his NGOs out on their collective asses, that Hungary “caught clue” does not surprise me. (Nor, sadly, that the EU and NY have not… that whole fellow traveler thing I suspect…)
The same day, the Hungarian news website Origo.hu, considered pro-government by The Budapest Beacon, published an article asserting that CEU, to which it referred as “Soros University” (George Soros being its founder and main benefactor, and also known an opponent of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party), operated unlawfully in Hungary, citing regulatory infractions. The article also referred to a report prepared by Hungary’s Educational Authority, which revealed that 28 universities, including CEU, where being investigated for operating unlawfully in Hungary. CEU issued a statement in response to the article, claiming the allegations of cheating and regulatory infractions constitued defamations and libel, and threatened to sue the website if the article was not corrected.
I suppose given their sue happy behaviour this is a good time to state:
“This article is a political opinion speech by the author with humor and satire included. It is protected under the First Amendment and is not to be construed at a comment on any individual, but on the politics of the land today.”
One wonders what the other 27 “universities” might be… and if they need an art & video teacher… ;-)
On 31 March 2017, Viktor Orbán stated in an interview to public radio that the future of “Soros University” (referring to George Soros, founder and main benefactor of CEU) depended on US-Hungarian talks. He said that CEU was “cheating” by awarding both Hungarian and American degrees, despite not operating abroad. This was a breach of Hungarian regulations, which gave an unfair advantage to CEU. In response to those claims, CEU issued a statement rejecting the suggestion that it was cheating and in breach of Hungarian regulations. Indeed, according to CEU, no laws in effect required universities such as CEU to also operate in their countries of origin.
Golly, now that’s a neat trick! Issue American degrees while never actually operating in America, and offer Hungarian degrees while not being legally domiciled in Hungary? Neither fish nor fowl, yet able to both fly and swim…
To say “something smells fishy” is almost as obvious as saying “it smells a bit fowl”… ;-0
And they wonder why the Hungarian Government might look a bit sideways at them…
So what’s the big problem with marching your lawyer down to the Hungarian Corporations Office and filing the paperwork?
I’ve made corporations before, and done the “Foreign Corporation Registration” paperwork. It really isn’t that hard. Did it in 3 different States too!
That they are afraid of doing that, and fighting it tooth and nail really shouts: “DIG HERE!!!”
Commentators have interpreted the proposed bill as the continuation of Orbán’s government campaign against liberalism and foreign-funded NGOs. […] This has resulted in the declaration by vice chairman of Fidesz Szilard Nemeth that civil society groups with funding from Soros should be “swept out” of Hungary. […] Orbán has repeatedly criticized Soros in strong terms for trying to influence Hungarian politics, accusing him, for instance, of stoking a refugee wave to weaken Europe.
Oh, Soros using the same strategy he is applying to the EU and around the globe. Demographic swamping with “refugees” and destruction of the national culture and peoples.
Well, what to say about it all… How about:
“Hey, POTUS Donald! Time to dump Soros and his NGOs and “University”. Just honor the Russian Arrest Warrant and follow the lead of the Eastern Europeans in dumping the NGOs. You’re welcome.”
Slowly, oh so slowly, awareness of the Soros Machine and his abuse of non-profit “corporations” is spreading around the globe. That it had to start in Asia is a sad comment on the EU and USA. But start it has. Time for “The West” to get on the band wagon. We can recognize this threat, and act to squash it; or we can lose our country and our culture.
It really is that simple, in my opinion.