SMART-map supports CEU

April 8th 2017 News

The SMART-map Consortium expressed its concern about the troubling news of new Hungarian legislation and sent a message of support to CEU. 


Dear Rector,
I am writing on behalf of SMART-Map, a consortium of 7 countries, which CEU colleagues
are actively participating to, and engaged in developing responsible innovation in different
industrial contexts.

We would like to express our deepest concern about the troubling news of new legislation,
which threatens the very existence of your University, by undermining the key academic
freedom essential for CEU to continue its operations in Budapest.
I would like to convey our full support to your institution, which is widely recognised for its
internationality, and for its high-level contribution in numerous fields.

Within SMART-Map, CEU academics bring an outstanding expertise in ethics and
responsible research and innovation; at the same time, they are providing a unique
support to local enterprises in Hungary, by offering them an opportunity to be more
competitive in the international scenario. Through these activities, CEU is contributing to
the industrial development of the region in a way that would be impossible without
participating so actively to international consortia like ours.

We hope the current situation will be clarified, with the recognition of CEU’s value for many
local communities and in connecting Hungary and its key players to the most important

We urge the Hungarian government to respond CEU’s President and Rector’s call and enter
into negotiations, which will allow CEU to continue its activities in Budapest and to maintain
the academic freedoms necessary for CEU to play its vital role for the competitiveness and
innovation of Hungary.

On behalf of the Consortium,

Francesco Lescai
Project Coordinator
Associate Professor, Aarhus University


Project Coordination
prof. Francesco Lescai,
Aarhus University

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation, under grant agreement no. 710500