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The Open Society University Network (OSUN), a new global consortium of educational institutions led by CEU and Bard College 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. 

OSUN counts over 40 partner institutions from Berlin to Bishkek, Dhaka to Bogota, and some of the world’s most prestigious organizations from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs to the Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, among its members.  

The CEU Democracy Institute plans teaching, research, and training activities with OSUN partners, from the exchange of scholars to developing and teaching short courses on democracy and democratization for faculty.   

Balazs Trencsenyi on the Invisible University for Ukraine

The Invisible University for Ukraine prepares students for “a post-war situation where there will be reconstruction and engagement that may be international, not just national,” Balazs Trencsenyi, lead researcher of our Democracy in History Workgroup said to University World News.  

Call for Applications: Invisible University for Ukraine

After the successful 2022 Spring Semester, we are continuing the certificate program for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war.

DI Welcomes New OSUN Fellows

We are happy to announce that 9 new fellows are joining the CEU Democracy Institute in the framework of the CEU Budapest-OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Antisemitism, Holocaust, Colonialism, Gender: Connecting the Conversations

This OSUN Network Collaborative Course sought to investigate a complex set of critical linkages and points of intersection between four distinct, but overlapping, areas of inquiry: antisemitism, the holocaust, colonialism, and gender.

Call for Applications: Invisible University for Ukraine

Central European University is launching a certificate program for BA, MA and PhD students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war, whether still residing in Ukraine or in refuge.

New Project: Global Corruption Observatory

The DI joined forces with the CEU Department of Public Policy, University of Los Andes, BRAC University and SciencesPo to create a Global Corruption Observatory, supported by the Open Society University Network.

Call for Applications: CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The fellowships provide an opportunity for up to 8 doctoral students and 6 junior scholars within 7 years of their PhD defense to spend between 4 and 12 months in Budapest at the CEU Democracy Institute or the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.

New Lecture Series: Urban Governance and Civic Participation in Words and Stone

Our Democracy in History Workgroup, the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt launches a new lecture series.

The Future of Democracy in EU Member States

Debates on the state of democracy in EU Member States have been intensifying. In a debate organized by the CEU Democracy Institute, chaired by Dimitry Kochenov and moderated by R. Daniel Kelemen, Vera Jourova, Clement Beaune and Michal Simecka addressed the question how to strengthen democracy at the national level.

Can the EU Protect the Rule of Law? CEU DI Debate on the Conditionality Mechanism

The Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism of the European Union is aimed at sanctioning rule of law violations. But can it fulfill its purpose? Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, MEP Katalin Cseh and Professor Laurent Pech discussed how the mechanism will function in practice.