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.

For inquiries about the Intellectual Themes Initiate or University-wide Seminar series please write to iti@ceu.edu.

News

CEU launched a new website for its Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI) at www.ceu.edu/iti on April 18. The Initiative, 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.

A university-wide seminar convened by the Provost and entitled “Open Societies and Free Minds: Hannah Arendt and the Idea of Open Society,” held March 18, provided a framework for discussion of how to conceptualize, study and promote open society today, as an institution of higher education.

CEU has awarded funding to five projects in the second round of the University-wide Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI). This new 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. The four themes are: Energy, Social Mind, Inequalities of Social Justice, and Governance. 

CEU has launched the Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI) as part of a process to explore and develop 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. The initiative presents four intellectual themes, selected for a period of up to four years and which will be reviewed annually.

Events

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May
Matthias Mahlmann, Renáta Uitz, Liviu Matei
Seminar | May 15, 2018
05
Dec
Constantin Iordachi, Mikkel Thorup, Juan Francisco Fuentes
Seminar | Dec 05, 2017
27
Apr
Frank Geels, Jessica Jewell, Aleh Cherp
Seminar | Apr 27, 2017
05
Apr
Nick Sitter, Andreas Goldthau, Svein S. Andersen
Book Launch | Apr 05, 2017
20
Feb
Gerhard Jaritz, Tijana Krstić, Prem Kumar Rajaram
Seminar | Feb 20, 2017