CEU’s redevelopment project reached a milestone this month - the highest point of the renewed campus. The CEU and Nador utca neighborhood communities celebrated Dec. 10 in the courtyard known as the Japanese Garden with a traditional Hungarian “topping up” ceremony, in which a tree is set atop the highest point of the building. Since the holiday season is approaching, and CEU’s project team has two cranes on site, in this ceremony the tree was carefully lifted by crane to the top of the building, set on top, and lit with holiday lights.
The First World War was more than a battle between rival alliances – there were dissenters and families divided by conflicting loyalties, according to Adam Hochschild, who tells their stories in "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918" and spoke about them at CEU Nov. 25.
Central European University (CEU) is offering a number of full scholarship packages for Syrian citizens at the master's and doctoral level for Academic Year 2016/2017. Applications are welcome for all academic areas for the full length of the program. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit.
Arpad Goncz, the first democratically elected president of the Republic of Hungary after the fall of communism, was a prominent member of the group of European intellectuals and other key figures who conceptualized and founded Central European University in 1991. Goncz, Vaclav Havel, who was then president of Czechoslovakia, and Bronislaw Geremek, co-founder of Solidarity, were among those who supported financier and philanthropist George Soros’s vision of a university that would train post-communist leaders in the principles and practice of open society, democracy, and human rights.
Translation of the interview CEU President and Rector John Shattuck gave
to Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag, published on October 5, 2015
A Feeling of Isolation and Exclusion is Noticeable
CEU’s Opening Ceremony, held September 21, celebrated the start of the 2015-2016 academic year and also launched the University’s 25th Anniversary. The incoming class, more than 600 students from a record 107 countries, received a special welcome from President and Rector John Shattuck.
Marcell Sebok, assistant professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, joins the CEU Senate as junior faculty member. In line with Senate elections guidelines, following the departure of John Harbord, director of CEU's Center for Academic Writing and a junior faculty member on the CEU Senate, President and Rector John Shattuck offered the vacant seat to the person who collected the highest number of votes in the junior faculty category among those not elected in the most recent Senate elections.
In this NPR piece marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, CEU President and Rector John Shattuck, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for human rights, speaks at a press conference in July 1995 in Bosnia regarding his interviews with survivors of the genocide that led to NATO's intervention and the Dayton Peace Agreement.
This November will mark 20 years since the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war in Bosnia. International intervention happened too late, according to CEU President and Rector John Shattuck and his former colleague John Kornblum, who participated in the Dayton negotiations and discussed the process in Budapest on July 6 at the opening of the 2015 session of the Jozsef Antall Summer School.