Building the Democracy Institute in Budapest is intentional. CEU has banded together with other free organizations to champion academic freedom and stand up for democratic principles in Hungary and worldwide. Our long-established relationships in Hungary and the region enable the CEU Democracy Institute to foster ties with independent think tanks, educational institutions, and others committed to open debate and the protection of democratic values.
However, neither the scope nor the composition of the Institute is confined to Hungary or Eastern Europe. The intensive exchange of ideas from around the world is a hallmark of the Institute and its network collaborations make it global from its inception. Two networks are of key importance here: CIVICA a pan-European collective of leading universities jointly seeking solutions to European and global social, economic, and political challenges, and the Open Society University Network (OSUN), a new global network of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access to higher education for underserved communities.
CEU is a founding member of both consortia. The CEU Democracy Institute has also formed partnerships with the Istvan Bibo Free University to bring people of differing political persuasions together for discourse, the Free Cities Forum via the Budapest Mayor’s Office, and research powerhouse Ranking Digital Rights, which evaluates the state of freedom and privacy on the internet worldwide.
The Institute seeks to partner further, with like-minded universities, think tanks, foundations, corporations, and non-governmental organizations from across the globe.