October 25, 2018 / 11:40 AM / a year ago

George Soros's Hungary university mulls move of new students to Vienna -sources

BUDAPEST, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Central European University, a graduate school founded by U.S. financier George Soros, will enrol new students in U.S. degrees at its Vienna campus if its legal status in Hungary is not resolved by Dec. 1, three sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The CEU has been under pressure from Hungary’s nationalist government which has said it is has operated without full legal compliance.

The sources said CEU Rector Michael Ignatieff told students and staff at a meeting that the government signalled three weeks ago it would not ratify an agreement with the state of New York, where CEU is originally accredited, that would enable the university to operate freely in Hungary. (Reporting by Gergely Szakacs, Krisztina Than and David Ljunggren; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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