Cambridge (MA), May 2016

After three happy years at Harvard Kennedy School, I have accepted a new challenge: the Presidency and Rectorship of Central European University in Budapest.

CEU is a unique institution: a world-class English-language graduate university in the heart of Budapest founded and endowed by George Soros twenty five years ago to promote the values of an open society: free hearts, free minds, free economies and free politics.

I know CEU, have friends there and will take over on September 1 from Ambassador John Shattuck who did a terrific job. The challenges facing the university are obvious: defending open society from authoritarian and populist competitors around the world. CEU can respond by becoming a laboratory for re-imagining open society’s ideals for the 21st century.

Leading this fascinating institution is an exciting opportunity. It’s full of committed teachers and inquiring minds from over a hundred countries and I look forward to living in Budapest. After all, this is where Zsuzsanna is from.

Please keep in touch through this website.

Michael Ignatieff

Past Events

The Destruction of Syria and the Crisis of Universal Values, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA - Monday, March 7 at 4:30 PM

Upcoming Events

The Crisis of Universal Values and the Return of the Sovereign, Fulbright Lecture, Lecture Theatre G03, University of Edinburgh, Scotland - Monday, June 6 at 5 PM

The Right to Have Rights: Refugees, Migrants and Citizens, Fulbright Lecture, Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London - Wednesday, June 8 at 6 PM

The European Refugee Crisis: What is to be Done?, Fulbright Lecture, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, University of Oxford - Friday, June 10 at 5 PM