Thousands of Hungarians oppose the planned campus of the Chinese University in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered in front of the Parliament Building in Budapest in opposition to the Chinese university’s plan to open a campus in the Hungarian capital. Critics expressed concern about restrictions on academic freedom and Beijing’s political influence in Eastern European countries.

On June 5, the sea of ​​protesters is marching towards the Hungarian Parliament with signs such as “CHINA STOP”, “TREASON”, “NO FUDAN” and “SUPPORT HUNGARIAN EDUCATION”. It was seen.

In April, a strategic agreement was signed between the Hungarian government and Shanghai-based Fudan University (one of China’s top universities). According to the agreement, the university will build a campus in Budapest by 2024, and Hungarians will make a huge investment in this project. Previously, the government planned to build a commuter town for Hungarian students in the city.

The proposed campus is the university’s only foreign branch and the first campus in China among the 27 member states of the EU.

Critics said the Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Alliance party, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, pleased Beijing, and the Chinese campus reduced the quality of higher education in the country. He accuses him of concern about promoting Beijing’s influence in communist countries — and in the EU.

On June 5, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony called the Fudan plan a “final and complete moral suicide” of the Fidesz party.

The mayor also tweeted on June 2 that “we welcome transparent foreign universities that are not tied to oppressive national ideologies and are not at a disadvantage to Hungarian taxpayers.”

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In mainland China, communist authorities closely monitor domestic universities and junior colleges. Surveillance cameras are installed in every classroom. Opposition from teachers and students may be reported by colleagues to the administrator or police if considered as a serious “anti-China” or “anti-party” statement.

It is Chinese law that all universities, public and private, pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party. The top position of the school is almost always occupied by clear communists.

Historically, Fudan University was one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in China. However, since taking power by force in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun to put schools and many others under its direct control, promoting its communist ideology.

In 1952, Mao Zedong, then a Chinese leader, appointed Chen Wangdao, the first Chinese to translate the full text of the Communist Manifesto, as the president of Fudan University.

The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848, is idolized as the first communist program document.

The Chinese Communist Party’s ideological management of Fudan University is very widespread, and the Marxist School was created in 2014 with the aim of fostering the young talent of the ruling party.

In 2019, Fudan University drew attention with a controversial amendment to the university constitution. In particular, “freedom of thought” has been deleted. Latest edition, “Compliance with CCP Leadership” was added and emphasized in the update. In addition, the concept of “academic independence” has become less noticeable in this document.

Xu Zhenqi contributed to this report.

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