The scope of this paper is the interpretation of sustainability through the university as a traditionally recognized, value-based institution of knowledge, based on the example of Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary. Its aim is to interpret sustainability from different aspects, using the example of Central and Eastern Europe, including Hungary. For this purpose, the paper reviews the development policy directions of the past period and institutional realizations through public databases. The results of the research show that there are different dynamics and focus in terms of resources and development implementations. From the point of view of sustainability, it represents that the use of resources with different dynamics and focus is a challenge for the institutions.