Open Society Prize

The CEU Open Society Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding individual or organization whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society. The prize was first awarded in 1994, to philosopher Sir Karl Popper, whose book The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945) presented a philosophy of tolerance, openness and democratic values.

For a list of winners, click here.

Budapest, June 10, 2014 –European Commissioner of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva has been named the 2014 CEU Open Society Prize winner. The CEU Open Society Prize is awarded to an outstanding individual whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society. Sir Karl Popper received the first prize in 1994, followed by Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, Ricardo Lagos, Carla Del Ponte, Kofi Annan, Javier Solana, Richard C. Holbrooke and others.

A record 669 graduates from 77 countries received their diplomas at the University's 22nd annual commencement ceremony on June 13. President and Rector John Shattuck welcomed the graduates, their friends and families, and Open Society Prize winner Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to Budapest's Palace of Arts on the banks of the then-flooded Danube River. Provost and Academic Pro-Rector Katalin Farkas served as master of ceremonies.

Budapest, 7 June 2012— More than 600 Central European University students from more than 70 countries will receive their Master's or doctoral degrees this Thursday, June 14, at the University's 21st graduation ceremony. They join a body of more than 10,000 CEU alumni who are beginning to distinguish themselves as the next generation of leaders and scholars in this region and beyond. Humanitarian and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World Bernard Koucher will deliver the commencement address.

Budapest, 9 June 2011—In the fall of 1991, students from Central and Eastern Europe began their studies in a handful of degree and certificate programs being offered in Prague by Central European University. That following spring, 100 students celebrated the completion of their CEU studies in Economics, History, and Sociology at the University's first commencement ceremony. This year, almost 600 students from 76 countries will receive their degrees¾Master’s or Doctoral—at this year’s graduation ceremony, the University’s 20th.