CEU formally received the Circle of Excellence Award in crisis communications from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) August 30 in Edinburgh. CEU Media Relations Manager Ildiko Rull spoke about CEU’s fight for academic freedom in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 at the awards ceremony, part of the CASE Europe Annual Conference - Europe's largest multidisciplinary gathering for education advancement professionals.
CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards acknowledge accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and delivering exceptional results for schools, colleagues, universities and cultural bodies around the world.
CEU won the Gold Medal from among 15 entries across the world this year, in the Issues and Crisis Management category, ahead of entries from Duke University and UC Berkeley.
“CEU is a community that came together to defend CEU, and with it, academic freedom - in Hungary and beyond. Every single member of the community stood together: we act as one, we speak as one, we struggle as one, we stay together as one.” Rull said in her presentation.
Rull accepted the prize and presented along with all European Circle of Excellence awards winners, each of which delivered a special rapid-fire presentation to the whole conference as part of the closing plenary in a modified “mini Pecha Kucha” style: 3 minutes and 10 slides, giving an opportunity for the conference participants to both celebrate the award-winning projects and individuals, and also to learn new skills and best practices from the presenters.
The award was presented to CEU as an institution that came together in an unprecedented fashion, a community that collaborated toward a common goal as it faced an unprecedented challenge.