The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new global network that 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.
Central European University, Vienna.
- Foster critical thinking, open intellectual inquiry, and fact-based research to strengthen foundations of open society amid authoritarian resurgence
- Educate students to address tomorrow’s global challenges by getting to know other societies from the inside
- Expand access to higher education at a time of growing inequities
- 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
Institutions Participating in First-Phase OSUN Projects*
OSUN builds on the accomplishments of several major initiatives in higher education supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). In the 1990s, OSF’s Higher Education Support Program (HESP) effectively served as a Marshall Plan for higher education in Central and Eastern Europe. CEU, founded in 1991, became a unique model in graduate education, combining cutting-edge research and research-based teaching with a focused social mission.
Network Debate with students from international partner institutions.
Challenging Students to Examine the Ideas and Practices of Being a Global Citizen in the 21st Century
OSUN Network Courses are virtual international exchanges that unite students and faculty from several universities located in different parts of the world in the classroom, sharing faculty and conducting joint research projects in which people from many universities collaborate.
Get Engaged Conference, Budapest. Photo by Zarlasht Sarmast
Get Engaged: Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference
Empowering Young Leaders of Change
Student leaders from an international network of institutions gather every spring for a five-day conference at Central European University's campus in Budapest, Hungary. The Get Engaged Conference gives students the opportunity to develop community leadership skills and collaborate on solutions to local and global challenges.
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