Peter Balazs, professor in the Department of International Relations and director of the Center for European Neighborhood Studies, received the Knight Commander's Cross of the Republic of Germany in recognition of his significant contribution to German-Hungarian relations and the development of Europe. Balazs received the distinction from Lieselore Cyrus, charge d'affaires of the German Embassy in Budapest, in a ceremony May 24.
This year’s CEU Welcome Afternoon, organized by the Student Recruitment Office for the ninth time on May 12, drew a record number of newly accepted students. Forty-two participants from about twenty countries attended the event, which offers a sneak peek into life at CEU before the new academic year begins, and many more joined in online.
Associate Professor Xymena Kurowska of the Department of International Relations has been awarded a two-year Marie-Curie Fellowship by the European Commission. Her project, RefBORDER, deals with theory and practice of reflexivity as capacity in European border guards training. It aims to contribute to more democratic European border security practice through developing better training scenarios in cooperation with practitioners.