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OSUN | Open Society University Network 

Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new global network led by Bard College in Annandale, NY, and the Central European University (CEU), in Budapest/Vienna. It integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access of underserved communities to higher education.
"Once lost, personal autonomy will be difficult to recover. An open society would have no place in such a world. I believe that as a long-term strategy our best hope lies in access to quality education, specifically an education that reinforces the autonomy of the individual by cultivating critical thinking and emphasizing academic freedom.
—George Soros, in his announcement of OSUN at the World Economic Forum 2020, in Davos, Switzerland


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  • Foster critical thinking, open intellectual inquiry, and fact-based research to strengthen the foundations of open society amid authoritarian resurgence
  • Educate students to address tomorrow’s global challenges by getting to know other societies from the inside
  • Counteract polarization by promoting global research collaboration and educating students to examine issues from different perspectives and advance reasoned arguments
  • Bolster efforts by universities in challenging environments to build their own capacity through global partnerships to make greater contributions to their societies
  • Expand access to higher education at a time of growing inequities

Founding Members and Educational Partners*

Founding Members
  • Bard College (United States)
  • Central European University (Austria)

  • Al-Quds University/Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences (Palestine)
  • American University of Bulgaria
  • American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Arizona State University (Unites States)
  • Ashesi University (Ghana)
  • Bard College Berlin (Germany)
  • Birkbeck: University of London (United Kingdom)
  • BRAC University (Bangladesh)
  • European Humanities University (Lithuania)
  • Fulbright University of Vietnam
  • Princeton University: Global History Lab (United States)
  • Sciences Po in Paris (France)
  • SOAS University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (United States)
  • Chatham House (United Kingdom)
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking (United States and United Kingdom)
  • Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Austria)
  • Open Society Archives (Hungary)
  • Rift Valley Institute (Kenya)
  • The Talloires Network (United States)
*OSUN is actively in discussions with other potential partners that share its principles and academic ambition.


OSUN Facts

+ What is OSUN?
+ Why is OSUN being created
+ Who will lead OSUN? And who else will be part of the network?
+ What will OSUN do?
+ Where will OSUN operate?
+ When will OSUN start up?
+ What makes OSUN distinct?
+  What impact is OSUN expected to make?
+ What is OSUN’s added value?
+  How can philanthropic partners contribute?