June 4, 2013
For decades, children around the world have tapped their imaginations to create castles and cities from Lego toy bricks that can be attached to each other in endless combinations. Lego’s mission, says CEU Business School alumna Judit Sipos, is to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.” That mission, she says, is the reason why her decision to join the toy company was an easy one. The new country manager for LEGO Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia, Sipos brings 20 years of managerial experience at companies including Johnson & Johnson and Telenor.
May 21, 2013
Jaap Scholten was already a successful writer when he decided to come to CEU. He had a special project in mind, to pursue the story of his wife’s family and the Hungarian aristocracy of Transylvania. He did so first in an academic fashion, traveling to the region and conducting interviews that formed the basis of his M.A. thesis.
April 8, 2013
“If you hear gunshots and yelling, duck into the nearest restaurant and find shelter,” Kate Mottola was told nonchalantly by a friendly Irishman on a bus in Cambodia. Her book about her travels, “Queer Travels: The Cambodian Diaries,” begins with this anecdote. The book, published last month by Prospective Guides, is not your average travel guide. It’s Mottola’s honest and entertaining story of her personal encounters in this fascinating country.
March 26, 2013
“What I liked a lot about CEU was its international focus – it was the first exposure in my life to such a diverse multinational and multilingual community,” says Vitaly Pruzhansky, who is now a senior competition economist at RBB Economics in Brussels. After completing his MA at CEU, he earned an MPhil and a PhD in just four years at the Free University of Amsterdam. While initially tempted to stay in academia, he could not resist an offer from McKinsey & Company.
March 12, 2013
While at CEU, Sylwia Ufnalska conducted an experiment that inspired her later to create EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles, freely available today in 20 languages at www.ease.org.uk. In her initial experiment, Ufnalska surveyed CEU lecturers and students about their expectations concerning the content and style of abstracts of scientific papers. The survey was part of her master's thesis about science translation.
February 26, 2013
“It sounds strange, but there is a link between medieval studies and drug policy,” says Peter Sarosi, drug policy program director at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. “I studied the heretics of the early Christian age. With reformed drug policy, our approach is considered heretic,” he explains. “Orthodox” drug policy advocates criminalization of drug users, just as “orthodox” views banned freedom of religion.
February 12, 2013
“CEU is my passport to the whole world,” says Maha Eskander, an Iraqi who graduated in 2005 with an M.A. in Public Policy. Eskander now works as an adviser on public policy and reform in Iraq via the USAID Tarabot project implemented by Washington, D.C.-based international development firm MSI, supporting Iraq’s administrative development and civil service. Eskander’s job involves conducting workshops for Iraqi government officials on public policy development, policy implementation, and policy evaluation, as well as helping set up new policy units in ministries and provincial governments.
January 29, 2013
In CEU’s diverse international environment, Mikolaj Zaleski learned to respect diverging opinions and to seek a common denominator. After earning an LL.M in international business law from CEU’s Department of Legal Studies in 2002, Zaleski uses that important skill on a daily basis in his job as a legislative and policy lawyer at the European Commission in Brussels. For example, he helps shape pan-European policy, negotiating with the 27 member states to come up with a proposal for the Common European Sales Law for cross-border transactions.
October 16, 2012
Kristaly is a self-described “pure mathematician,” but part of his research ended up having very practical economic applications. Beyond basic Euclidean geometry that most students learn in secondary school, Kristaly studies a more complex branch called Riemann-Finsler geometry that deals with specific and sometimes subtle measurements of curved surfaces. Precise measurements of terrain, for example, could save businesses significant amounts of money.
October 2, 2012
Armed with a CEU MSc in environmental science, policy and management, Chunyu Liang is battling climate change through the U.N.’s global greenhouse gas emissions mitigation effort. A native of China, Liang came to CEU in 2005 on a scholarship from Erasmus Mundus—a European Commission program aimed at linking Europe with other parts of the world.