News archive | Appointments and Announcements

CEU Board Elects Three New Trustees

During its April 7 meeting in Budapest, the CEU Board of Trustees elected Richard Blum, Attila Chikan and Antonio Foglia as new members. Brief biographies follow. The list of the Board of Trustees of Central European University is accessible at

Bolter Named Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Margaret Bolter has joined CEU as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. This is a new position created at the specific request of the Board of Trustees to strengthen the management of the University at a time when several projects of strategic importance, with long-term implications, are running simultaneously. In this role, Bolter will work directly with COO Liviu Matei to manage and coordinate the University's administration.

Goldthau Wins Marie-Curie Fellowship for Research Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School

Andreas Goldthau, associate professor and head of CEU's Department of Public Policy, won a prestigious Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) for a two-year research project on energy innovation, with a focus on shale gas technology. The project will be carried out at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. IOF fellowships enable experienced researchers to conduct high-level research in third countries, and aim to promote the excellence of the European Research Area.

Center for Policy Studies Participates in 6.48 Million-Euro Project

CEU’s Center for Policy Studies is collaborating with seven universities in the Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU ( research project, which received a total of €6,483,000 in funding through the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program. The project aims to provide insights into the mechanisms and processes that influence a student’s decision to leave school or training early, as well as into the decision of school leavers to enroll in alternative learning arenas unrelated to a regular school.

Student Makes Waste Reduction Personal

“We’re all part of the problem, but we’re all part of the solution,” says Elana Hawke, an MSc student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy who asked students, faculty, and staff to have themselves photographed with their pledge to reduce waste in their own lives at the WasteFest event March 19-21. The event highlighted the amount of waste produced by the CEU community every day. “I wanted people to think of something in their lives that they could change. Taking a photo made them more accountable, and took the message further.”

Kovacs Awarded Hungary’s Szechenyi Prize

Andras Kovacs, professor in the Nationalism Studies Program and director of the Jewish Studies Project, was awarded the Szechenyi Prize by Hungarian President Janos Ader on March 15. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to academic life. Kovacs, who is also a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, received the Szechenyi Prize in recognition of decades of teaching and research in the field of post-war Hungarian Jewish history, as well as the sociology of minorities and minority identities.

Center for Media and Communication Studies Launches Hungarian Media Monitor

CEU’s Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) launched a new media monitor, blog, and archive. The Hungarian Media Monitor, at, provides policy-relevant data, news, and analyses of the impacts of Hungary’s new media laws on the country’s media environment. For more information, contact Eva Bognar at

School of Public Policy Secures U.S. Registration for New Degree Program

CEU’s School of Public Policy (SPP) has obtained registration with the New York State Education Department for its two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. SPP will welcome its inaugural class in September 2013. For more about the school and its founding faculty, see

Successful Doctoral Defense of Alexandra Varga


The Department of Philosophy at CEU is pleased to announce the successful Doctoral Defense of the PhD Dissertation by

Alexandra Varga


A Formal Model of Infants? Acquisition of Practical Knowledge from Observation
Supervisors: Gergely Csibra and Gyorgy Gergely (CEU)

The defense was held on Friday, 22nd March 2013

A copy of the dissertation is available for inspection at the department.

Congratulations to Dr. Varga!


Daniel Large, Expert on the Politics of the Global South, Joins SPP Faculty



CEU's School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that Daniel Large has joined the faculty, becoming the seventh resident professor. Large’s expertise will be crucial in building SPP’s competency in the fields of international relations, including the politics of the global south, global governance and China.