At the end of the first application cycle, the Student Recruitment Office reports a continuing rise in overall applications by CEU’s first and primary deadline of February 4, 2016. CEU saw an overall increase of about 9% compared to last February’s figures. This follows a substantial growth of 40% in application numbers in academic year 2014-2015.
The CAPTCHA project was a partnership of three community media organizations (Radio Corax, Germany; the Near Media Co-op, Ireland; Radio FRO, Austria) and CEU's Center for Media, Data and Society. The project, which ran from September 2013 to August 2015, was supported by a grant from the Culture Programme of the European Union and it aimed to empower community media and programme makers to increase the online accessibility of their programmes.
Increasing volatility in the European Union has a strong influence on enlargement. In order to respond to recent changes across Europe, from March 2016, the Center for EU Enlargement Studies will be known as the Center for European Neighborhood Studies, while keeping its established acronym - CENS. It will retain its focus on EU enlargement, however, its change in name also brings a revision of its mission.
According to an Azerbaijani news source, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pardoned 148 political prisoners including CEU alumnus Rashadat Akhundov on March 17.
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.