Intellectual Themes Initiative

CEU has launched the University-wide Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI) as part of a process to explore and develop a new institutional mission that would take into account the accelerating rate of change of the contemporary world and the overwhelming growth in available information about it. The University needs to educate students and conduct research on how to navigate through this complexity. The challenge ahead is to find the best way to integrate existing resources, use the wisdom of the disciplines and the strengths of separate units in an inspiring and productive academic enterprise. Therefore, the University is seeking to respond by initiating the University-wide Intellectual Themes Initiative and inviting its faculty members, student, administrative staff and external partners to propose joint ideas for tackling complex societal issues.

The University-wide Intellectual Themes Initiative is built around themes that serve as federative platforms encompassing a range of teaching and research activities across the University, as well as civic engagement and outreach initiatives. They have been formulated to address complex issues requiring new interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

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Call for Proposals for Intellectual Themes Initiative Projects

CEU academic staff members are invited to submit proposals for new teaching, research, or civic engagement projects starting in AY 17/18 under the fourth call of the Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI). The next deadline for submission of project proposals is April 28, 2017.

At the suggestion of the Strategic Development Committee, we would like to mention that ITI is a privileged vehicle for developing and offering university-wide courses.

Call for Applications for Reason, Unreason and Nature in Religion University-wide Doctoral Seminars

CEU's Center for Religious Studies (CRS), with the support of the CEU Intellectual Themes Initiative, announces a University-wide Doctoral Seminar series entitled Reason, Unreason and Nature in Religion.

This is a regular 12-session seminar from January 19 through March 2017  with eight external speakers featuring renown international scholars from a range of fields, presenting unique perspectives on the central theme.  

Big Data Holds Amazing Potential, Alongside Ethical Challenges

The availability and analysis of big data open up enormous research opportunities, but is not without serious dangers, faculty concluded at "The Amazing Potential and the Dark Side of Big Data," a university-wide seminar held Dec. 7.

The Changing International Economy of Oil and Gas

Karl Hall (Department of History, CEU) moderated a discussion with Nick Sitter (School of Public Policy, CEU), Svein S. Andersen (BI Norwegian Business School), and Andreas Goldthau (Royal Holloway, University of London) on the changing geopolitics of oil and gas on the global and European levels.

Intellectual Themes Projects Selected in Third Round

CEU has awarded funding to five projects in the third round of the University-wide Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI). This institutional endeavor at CEU, launched in fall 2015, aims to promote exploring and developing new activities that encourage cross-disciplinary teaching and research, prompt new forms of civic engagement, enhance the academic profile of CEU and contribute to shaping its future institutional direction.