George Soros partners with colleges to 'transform higher education'

  • Billionaire Democratic megadonor George Soros is launching a new network to "transform higher education."
  • Soros called the effort the "most important and enduring project of my life."

Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros announced Thursday through his Open Society Foundations his plan to "transform higher education."

Open Society Foundations announced the launch of the Open Society University Network, which will exist to "integrate teaching and research across higher education institutions worldwide," according to the news release. 

"most important and enduring project of my life"   

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"OSUN will seek to promote rigorous education and reach institutions in need of international partners, as well as neglected populations, such as refugees, incarcerated people, the Roma and other displaced groups," the announcement adds. 

The "core" of the network will include another university founded by Soros, Central European University, as well as Bard College. These two institutions will develop partnerships with Arizona State University, American University of Central Asia, and BRAC University, located in Bangladesh. 

Bard College President Leon Botstein will serve as chancellor of the Open Society University Network. 

Soros said of the new undertaking that it will be the "most important and enduring project of my life." 

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Soros has donated millions to liberal and progressive candidates and causes, including more than $10 million in the last eight years to the progressive political action committee Priorities USA, more than $4 million in the last seven years to liberal SuperPAC American Bridge, $2 million in the last six years to Planned Parenthood's political action arm, and tens of thousands of dollars in recent years to the Democratic National Committee. 

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