Central European University (CEU) is pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CEU a grant of $150,000 to support a pedagogical redesign for undergraduate and master’s programs and the establishment of a new campus in Vienna.
To strengthen CEU’s presence in Europe, the University is planning a new teaching site in Vienna to open as early as September 2019. The Vienna campus will complement CEU’s teaching and learning activities at its main campus in Budapest as well as its New York site, which was established in partnership with Bard College in 2017. The Foundation is providing funding for CEU’s planning process, including the hiring of a curriculum development specialist who will support the design of a new interdisciplinary master’s degree, two bachelor’s degrees, and the Vienna campus’ overall academic support infrastructure.
The specialist will also help to develop an initiative to consider the purpose and direction of master’s degrees in Europe today, which will include the creation of a multi-sector task force and a series of learning workshops, among other activities. The initiative’s findings and recommendations will inform CEU’s own curriculum development plan, and will be published for the benefit of the field of higher education in Europe.
President and Rector Michael Ignatieff said, “At this critical time for our University, CEU is grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its strong show of support for CEU and for academic freedom in Central Europe and beyond. The Foundation’s grant will enable CEU to renew our teaching and curriculum in a way that enhances our capacity to serve future generations of students, and share what we are learning to help inform a broader European conversation about the purpose and relevance of graduate education.”
"The Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen institutions of higher education as resources for strong and diverse democratic societies," said Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. "I have followed CEU since its inception, as I believe its prospects are of great importance to the role of universities in Europe and for liberal arts education in general.”