Budapest, November 28, 2012 – Central European University (CEU) is initiating a campus redevelopment project as part of a new five-year strategic plan to strengthen the University. The plan calls for broadening CEU’s humanities fields, reinforcing the social sciences, building a school of public policy, revitalizing CEU Business School and integrating it into the University, and redeveloping the campus.
Budapest, November 21, 2012—The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation—was released today, five days before the Climate Change Conference of the Parties opens in Doha. Co-authored by CEU Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz, it shows that greenhouse-gas emission levels are approximately 14% above where they need to be in 2020, according to previous assessment reports.
Budapest, September 27, 2012—Associate Professor Miklos Koren and Professor Botond Koszegi of the CEU Department of Economics have been awarded the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Koren received €1.314 million for research on “Measuring Knowledge Flows from Developed Countries to Central and Eastern Europe.” Professor Koszegi received €1.275 million for research on “Behavioral Theory and Economic Applications.” Koren and Koszegi are the only recipients of the ERC Starting Grants from Hungary this year.
Yehuda Elkana, the third President and Rector of Central European University (1999-2009), died in Jerusalem on September 21, 2012, after a battle with cancer bravely borne. He was 78. Elkana was an Auschwitz survivor who became an international scholar and public intellectual with a deep commitment to open society.
Educational barriers for Romani youth remain a crucial challenge for European human rights. In the new release from CEU Press and the Roma Education Fund (REF) “Ten Years After: A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe,” edited by Iulius Rostas, contributors make a thorough assessment of the public policy initiatives undertaken in the past decade. The book focuses on past initiatives and present challenges but also has broader importance: to frame Romani institutional discrimination as a key policy debate for European and global human rights.
According to the latest QS rankings by subject fields, released in July 2012, CEU’s programs in political science and international relations (which, at CEU, includes courses in public policy), sociology, and philosophy—similarly to last year—are among the world’s best. Furthermore, CEU is the only university in Hungary with programs among the best 200 in the 2012 subject rankings.
Budapest, June 6—The Global Development Network (GDN) will hold its most anticipated event of the year – the 13th Annual Global Development Conference—in Budapest, Hungary, on 16-18 June, 2012. Titled ”Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus,” it will be held in partnership with Central European University.