October 22, 2013
Jakub Parusinski was recently named Chief Executive Officer of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine's main English-language news outlet. His task is to turn a newspaper into a sustainable and profitable enterprise, a difficult task today in any country, but particularly in Ukraine, which he calls one of the most difficult places to do business. Nevertheless, “Ukraine deserves a chance at a fair, democratic and prosperous future,” he says. “Without a free press, it will never have one.”
September 24, 2013
Yancy Cottrill returned to his native United States recently after working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for Anderson & Anderson, an American firm that focuses on international business—Cottrill’s specialization at CEU. In Mongolia, Cottrill helped establish the country’s first credit-rating bureau by drafting the joint-venture agreement, company charter, and accompanying documents.
August 13, 2013
In Moscow this July, three CEU graduates served as organizers and activism coaches as part of the Strelka Institute of Design’s “Building a Green Campus” summer university workshop. Peter Kiryushin, (CEU ENVSCI’12) originally pitched the idea of the workshop to Strelka Institute’s management, and was assisted by Lea Bambach (ENVSCI’12) and Logan Strenchock (CEU Environmental and Sustainability Officer, ENVSCI’12) in designing the interactive course content.
June 18, 2013
Raham Madani and Stewart Harvey, graduates of CEU Business School’s MBA and Executive MBA programs respectively, have teamed up to found Greenergizer, a energy consultancy that helps other companies identify ways in which they can become more energy-efficient. Based at CEU Business School’s InnovationsLab, Greenergizer installs sensors in key locations that send energy use data to a central computer that aggregates them for analysis. Problems are identified and remedied, and the sensors can measure the improvement.
June 4, 2013
For decades, children around the world have tapped their imaginations to create castles and cities from Lego toy bricks that can be attached to each other in endless combinations. Lego’s mission, says CEU Business School alumna Judit Sipos, is to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.” That mission, she says, is the reason why her decision to join the toy company was an easy one. The new country manager for LEGO Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia, Sipos brings 20 years of managerial experience at companies including Johnson & Johnson and Telenor.
May 21, 2013
Jaap Scholten was already a successful writer when he decided to come to CEU. He had a special project in mind, to pursue the story of his wife’s family and the Hungarian aristocracy of Transylvania. He did so first in an academic fashion, traveling to the region and conducting interviews that formed the basis of his M.A. thesis.
April 8, 2013
“If you hear gunshots and yelling, duck into the nearest restaurant and find shelter,” Kate Mottola was told nonchalantly by a friendly Irishman on a bus in Cambodia. Her book about her travels, “Queer Travels: The Cambodian Diaries,” begins with this anecdote. The book, published last month by Prospective Guides, is not your average travel guide. It’s Mottola’s honest and entertaining story of her personal encounters in this fascinating country.
March 26, 2013
“What I liked a lot about CEU was its international focus – it was the first exposure in my life to such a diverse multinational and multilingual community,” says Vitaly Pruzhansky, who is now a senior competition economist at RBB Economics in Brussels. After completing his MA at CEU, he earned an MPhil and a PhD in just four years at the Free University of Amsterdam. While initially tempted to stay in academia, he could not resist an offer from McKinsey & Company.
March 12, 2013
While at CEU, Sylwia Ufnalska conducted an experiment that inspired her later to create EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles, freely available today in 20 languages at www.ease.org.uk. In her initial experiment, Ufnalska surveyed CEU lecturers and students about their expectations concerning the content and style of abstracts of scientific papers. The survey was part of her master's thesis about science translation.
February 26, 2013
“It sounds strange, but there is a link between medieval studies and drug policy,” says Peter Sarosi, drug policy program director at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. “I studied the heretics of the early Christian age. With reformed drug policy, our approach is considered heretic,” he explains. “Orthodox” drug policy advocates criminalization of drug users, just as “orthodox” views banned freedom of religion.