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Critical thinking, university autonomy, and freedom of scientific research are the core preconditions for societal progress. For the last 26 years, the Central European University has proven to be the guarantor and protector of these principles. With its rigorous rules of scientific inquiry and mission based on a constant pursuit of truth, CEU has been a lighthouse of academic excellence and the values of also open society in Hungary, the rest of Europe, and the world. With the latest developments in the Hungarian politics, the university’ autonomy, its operation in Budapest, and its unique mission are under threat. Therefore, I urge the Hungarian government to reconsider its approach and let CEU stay in Budapest, its home. For us, the students of CEU regardless of our origin and nationality, the university will always associate Budapest and Hungary and vice-versa. #IStandWithCEU