October 13, 2015
The Demjan Group, owned by one of Hungary’s most prominent businessman Sandor Demjan, has donated € 1 million to establish a migration fund to support improving conditions for refugee children currently in Hungary or on the borders of the country. The fund will be used to buy food, clothing, finance domestic travel, healthcare and to produce information materials and assist civilians and authorities who are working to resolve the situation. CEU Business School alumna Borbala Czako (IMC'90) has been appointed to chair the fund.
October 6, 2015
Hungarian weekly HVG interviewed Marion Smith (IRES'09), executive director of the Victims of Communism (VOC) Memorial Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit educational organization. The interview explores the similarities between VOC and the Hungarian House of Terror Museum, the Hungarian government’s support towards the establishment of the foundation, and Smith’s views regarding current Hungarian politics.
October 1, 2015
Artist Selma Selman was a wild child and thinks she probably would've been voted “least likely to graduate from high school,” but her teachers pushed her to succeed. In 2014, she received the Zvono Award for Best Young Artist in Bosnia Herzegovina and she is now studying for her master's at Syracuse University in New York.
September 29, 2015
Ildiko Torok wants to see more decision makers with an education in public policy, who could facilitate coherent and effective policymaking to empower Roma women in Hungary. Torok, a recent graduate of CEU's Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP), sees assisting the empowerment of Roma women in Hungary as the main mission in her career. “Roma women are disadvantaged in multiple ways, not only as members of a minority, not only because their prospects of lowincome and few chances at employment, but also in their roles as women,” Torok said.
September 21, 2015
CEU alumnus Adam Bodnar (LEGS ’01) was elected Ombudsman by a vote of the Polish Parliament in July 2015. After the Senate confirmed his appointment, Bodnar took office on September 9. According to Polska Newsweek, he will serve as “the vanguard of change, warn politicians against potential risks to individual rights, and criticize when they take actions that threaten them.”
September 6, 2015
CEU alumnus Sergio Tirado, who received a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy in 2013, writes in the Huffington Post about the extraordinary efforts of Hungarian volunteers during the refugee crisis. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sergio-tirado/in-hungary-civil-society-_b_8084782.html
September 2, 2015
CEU alumna Victoria Apostol led a group effort that resulted in a public apology by Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca for sexist remarks made during mayoral elections in June 2015.
June 24, 2015
CEU alumnus Ivan Lesay (POLS ’06) was recently appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic. He replaces Vazila Hudak, who became the country’s economic minister.
June 16, 2015
CEU alumnus and journalist Sebastian Garthoff (HIST ’08) recently published a German-language guidebook to the Hungarian capital. Entitled “Budapest - Zeit fur das Beste" (Time for the Best), the book is a collaboration between Garthoff and Hungarian photographer Daniel Kaldori. Focusing on Budapest’s iconic sites, the book was described by Garthoff as a lighter counterpoint to the duo’s journalistic work regarding Hungarian society in the Orban era.
June 16, 2015
In his new position Jeff Le (POLS ’07) will help with the daily running of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Cabinet. Le, who earned an MA in political science at CEU in 2007, was appointed on June 5.