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Open Society University Network (OSUN)






Liviu Matei (Central European University)

Vice President:

Jonathan Becker (Bard College)

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is an international membership group of educational institutions established to promote the ideals of “open society” and to expand access to higher education for underprivileged groups. It was founded by George Soros’ Central European University and Bard College in January 2020. Soros endowed the network with $1 billion at its inception. [1]

Central European University and Bard College have a history of creating educational networks together, and OSUN will serve to build on this existing relationship. [2] Likewise, the leadership of Bard College has had a long-standing personal relationship with George Soros. [3][4]

Educational Partners

The Open Society Network already has a number of institutions officially participating in the “first-phase” of its projects. [5]

Its partnered colleges and universities include 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 Sciences Po in Paris (France), and SOAS University of London (United Kingdom). [6] [7]

Its partnered research institutions and educational organizations include 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), and the Talloires Network (United States). [8] [9]

The Network has stated that it is “actively in discussions with other potential partners that share its principles and academic ambition.” [10]


  1. “George Soros Announces Global Initiative to Transform Higher Education.” Open Society Foundations, www.opensocietyfoundations.org/newsroom/george-soros-launches-global-network-to-transform-higher-education. ^
  2. “Inside Higher Ed’s News.” Inside Higher Ed, www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/04/amid-authoritarian-resurgence-george-soros-pledges-1-billion-toward-new-university. ^
  3. “Bard College – NEWS ABOUT BARD COLLEGE.” LEON BOTSTEIN, July 2,  2016. www.leonbotstein.com/leon-botstein-music-room-9/category/Bard College. Archive: https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.leonbotstein.com/leon-botstein-music-room-9/category/Bard+College. ^
  4. Candid. “Soros, Open Society Award $60 Million to Bard College.” Philanthropy News Digest (PND), May 18, 2011. https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/soros-open-society-award-60-million-to-bard-college. ^
  5. Central European University, www.ceu.edu/node/24830. ^
  6. Central European University, www.ceu.edu/node/24830. ^
  7. Bard College. “Open Society University Network at Bard College.” OSUN, osun.bard.edu/. ^
  8. Central European University, www.ceu.edu/node/24830. ^
  9. Bard College. “Open Society University Network at Bard College.” OSUN, osun.bard.edu/. ^
  10. Central European University, www.ceu.edu/node/24830. ^

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