CEU’s international student body represents 107 countries across five continents. Such diversity is integral to the University’s mission to foster democracy and open society throughout the world. To ensure that all students, especially those from developing countries or regions in turmoil, have equitable access to a world-class graduate education, CEU has developed a robust scholarship program, with around 85% of students receiving financial assistance.
Philanthropy Awareness Day 2015, hosted by CEU's Alumni Relations and Career Services (ARCS) on November 13, prompted 198 CEU students, 61 staff, 9 alumni, 9 faculty and 3 friends to offer donations, and were rewarded with a piece of cake, also baked by members of the CEU community,and a CEU-branded water bottle, while supplies lasted.
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.”
In order to equip CEU PhD students with practical skills to enhance their academic portfolios, the Alumni Relations and Career Services Office (ARCS) successfully implemented a pilot Professional Skills Program (PSP). PhD candidates beyond their first year of study were eligible for the first two workshops on project management and the post-doc/job application process. Beginning in academic year 2015-16, ARCS will offer even more workshops on topics such as leadership skills, event organization and management, and public speaking and presentation skills.
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.
Since its launch in February 2015, CEU’s integrated online platform, career>next, has attracted more than 11,400 visits from more than 3,800 unique visitors in its first 100 days of operation. The platform was developed by the CEU Web Team in partnership with CEU's Alumni Relations and Career Services Office (ARCS).