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2 table of contents Introduction 1 Message from the President and Rector 2 20th Anniversary 4 Academics 12 Faculty 16 Academic Units 18 Students 22 Academic-Support and Outreach Units 24 Strategic Plan, Mission and Values 26 Research 28 Research Units 32 Alumni 36 Administration 38 Budget and Funding 42 Staff 44 Engagement 46 Governance and Degree Programs 52 Central European University is a graduate-level crossroads university where faculty and students from some 100 countries engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society s most vexing problems. Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were transforming the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas, and that this ethos can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies. Located in Budapest, CEU has deep regional roots and a global focus. It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary and, unlike other universities, has no dominant national orientation. It is the only research-intensive university in the world dedicated explicitly to the study of open society. As CEU moves into its third decade, open society values and practices face new challenges and opportunities all over the world. Reemerging nationalism erodes international cooperation. Racism and xenophobia foment discrimination and violence. Market fundamentalism undermines economic and environmental sustainability. At the same time, struggles for self-governance in North Africa and the Middle East, and in countries as disparate as Burma and South Sudan, are creating new hopes and risks for democracy. CEU s unique mission of studying and promoting open society principles is the anchor that defines its identity and ensures its continuity. Today that mission is more important than ever.
3 message from the president and rector During its 20th anniversary year, CEU looked back and forward at the same time: assessing progress, recognizing achievements, identifying opportunities, and defining goals and priorities for the next five years was marked by two activities that spanned the year: a strategic planning process, which produced a framework for the next phase of the University s development, and the celebration of our 20th anniversary, featuring academic achievements in new areas such as cognitive science, network science, and Ottoman and Eastern Mediterranean studies, and the launching of a new public policy school. During the year, CEU focused on five major priorities: completing the strategic planning process, establishing the School of Public Policy and International Affairs, revitalizing the Business School, strengthening the academic departments, and redeveloping the campus. I m pleased to report significant progress in each area. Strong appointments were made to fill a number of key University positions: Wolfgang Reinicke as inaugural dean of the School of Public Policy and International Affairs; Mel Horwitch as dean of CEU Business School; Laszlo Kontler as pro-rector for Hungarian and European Union affairs; Sybil Wyatt as director of communications; Sally Schwager as director of the new Center for Teaching and Learning, and Krisztina Kos as director of CEU Press. In another major development, we established the CEU Institute for Advanced Study in the tradition of Collegium Budapest, which was discontinued in 2011 for lack of funding. Administered by the University but maintaining academic independence, the institute brings competitively selected international fellows in the social sciences and humanities to Budapest for periods up to a year for advanced study. The institute will foster advanced international scholarship and raise the level of CEU s academic excellence. In a clear affirmation of our growing reputation as a researchintensive university, external research funding including major competitive grants from the European Research Council increased fivefold over the past three years to a record high of 6.6 million in Also in 2011, our political science, philosophy, and sociology departments were rated among the world s best in the global QS rankings. Prominent Czech newspaper Lidove noviny named CEU s law faculty the best in the region. CEU Business School came in 13th in Europe in the QS Europe MBA rankings the highest of any business school in Central Europe and received the European CEO Global Business Education Award for the most innovative business school in Central and Eastern Europe. At CEU, civic engagement is a central focus together with teaching and research, not an ancillary feature as at most other universities. This is why we take seriously our role as a global public-policy convener. In 2011, CEU hosted more than 400 events on academic and policy topics, many of them attracting international authorities on major issues of contemporary scholarship and public affairs. An important aspect of CEU s outreach is to engage with government officials and academics as well as civic, cultural, and business leaders locally, regionally, and globally. In Hungary, CEU succeeded in obtaining reinforcement of its academic and institutional autonomy in a new Hungarian higher education law and was recognized as a major international asset. Achieving CEU s goals and fulfilling its promise is a community effort one that engaged more people from more places in our 20th anniversary year than ever before. John Shattuck President and Rector The hundreds of people whose faces appear in this report represent CEU s worldwide community of more than 12,000 alumni, faculty, students, staff, supporters, and friends who are engaged in pursuing academic excellence and open society values. We are CEU. We invite you to join us. 2 message from the president and rector
4 20th anniversary Left to right: CEU Founder and Honorary Chairman George Soros shakes hands with a 2011 graduate. Leon Botstein, chairman of the CEU Board of Trustees and music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, leads the combined orchestras of Concerto Budapest and the Liszt Academy of Music in works by composers Ferenc Liszt and Gustav Mahler at the National Theater. Botstein speaks at the 20th anniversary conference CEU 20: Reflections on the University and the Meaning of Open Society at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. george soros Founder and Honorary Chairman I was not particularly interested in setting up another institution, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I revised my attitude because I felt that here was an unfinished revolution that needed an institution to commemorate it, to build on it, and to develop the concept of open society. CEU selected two intellectual themes for its anniversary year to encourage in-depth discussion across and within academic fields and to guide planning for University activities: self-reflection of the disciplines and the social responsibility of academia. In total, 17 academic units assessed the state of their respective fields and the influence they have exerted in their evolving disciplines. This exercise resulted in a set of essays that helped articulate a broad vision for the next decade (accessible at The other theme, on universities obligations to society, prompted investigation into the relationship between pure academic research and use of the resulting knowledge in the world beyond academia. relevant for its development, and the contemporary contest over open society. All four of CEU s former rectors and presidents shared memories and observations about the University s evolution: William Newton-Smith ( ); Alfred Stepan ( ); Josef Jarab ( ); and Yehuda Elkana ( ). Panelists included were Wanda Rapaczynski, former president, Management Board, AGORA SA; Ivan Krastev, chairman of the board, Centre for Liberal Strategies; and Aryeh Neier, president, Open Society Institute. The conference was followed by a concert of works by Liszt and Mahler, performed by the combined orchestras of Concerto Budapest and the Liszt Academy of Music, and conducted by Leon Botstein, CEU board chairman and music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. The performance, which marked the 200th anniversary of Ferenc Liszt s birthday and the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler s death, was offered to the public within the Liszt Year programs. The concert was broadcast on the Hungarian National Radio s Bartok channel in July. George Soros, founder and honorary chair of the CEU Board of Trustees, gave the keynote address at the anniversary conference CEU 20: Reflections on the University and the Meaning of Open Society. The conference examined the role of CEU as a center of intellectual inquiry, the significance of regional and world events CEU President and Rector John Shattuck made opening remarks; Leon Botstein, chairman of the CEU Board of Trustees, gave the introduction. Katalin Farkas, provost and academic pro-rector, chaired the conference. From its kickoff in October 2010 through December 2011, the 20th anniversary was a communal occasion, involving the entire CEU community: faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. 4 20th anniversary 20th anniversary 5
5 20th anniversary Left to right: Scenes from CEU s 20th anniversary graduation ceremony at the Budapest Palace of Arts. President and Rector John Shattuck escorts Javier Solana, one of two 2011 CEU Open Society Prize recipients. Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and former secretary general of both NATO and the Council of the European Union. Almost 600 students from 74 countries received degrees at CEU s 20th annual commencement ceremony. Kati Marton, author, scholar, and CEU board member, delivered the keynote address. President and Rector John Shattuck awarded the CEU Open Society Prize to Javier Solana, former secretary general of the Council of the European Union and former secretary general of NATO and, posthumously, to Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and twice U.S. assistant secretary of state for contributing substantially to the creation of open societies. Ten events chosen to receive special anniversary funding appear on the next two pages. Highlights of others that were developed under the anniversary banner include East Meets West: A Gendered View of Legal Tradition, a conference organized by the departments of Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, History, Legal Studies, and Medieval Studies; Building Bridges From the Present to Desired Futures: Evaluating Approaches for Visioning and Backcasting, a workshop hosted by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy; the Transatlantic Energy Governance Dialogue: The Shale Gas Revolution Implications for International Gas Markets and European Energy Security, a conference organized by the Department of Public Policy; What Follows After the Crisis? Approaches to Global Transformations, the 7th CEU Conference in Social Sciences hosted by the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies, Political Behavior Research Group, Political Economy Research Group, Global South Research Group, International Relations Research Group, and Center for Media and Communications Studies; and NetSci 2011 The International School and Conference on Network Science, hosted by the Center for Network Science. The Open Society Archives mounted an exhibition, Building CEU, which presented CEU s history through its structures. The Department of Gender Studies celebrated its 15th anniversary in tandem with the University s 20th, via the lecture series Voicing Genders, Engendering Voices. Also celebrating anniversaries were the departments of Philosophy and Mathematics and its Applications (10th) and Public Policy (fifth). Student Engagement Prize The University conducted a competition for a 20th Anniversary Student Engagement Prize to stimulate civic activity among students. Coordinated with the CEU Student Union, the 20th Anniversary Committee awarded the prize to student members of the Sustainable Campus Initiative for their achievements in making CEU more environmentally sustainable. Candidates were evaluated on the basis of their commitment to CEU s principles and values as demonstrated by action and initiative. The prize-winning team was invited to name a cause or project to receive a 2,000 donation from CEU. Short-listed nominees were also recognized: members of the Homeless Relief Project, and Natasha Lueth, president of the Student Union. 20th Anniversary Postdoctoral Fellowships CEU selected five innovative, interdisciplinary research projects for two-year funding: Political Economy of Financialization Political Economy Research Group Explorations East of the Mediterranean: New Frontiers of Pre-Early Modern Humanities Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies The Applications of Experimental Research in Political Science Subfields Political Behavior Research Group To Make Dead Bodies Talk: Bio-archaeological Heritage: Historical Human Remains and Their Academic, Social, and Religious Context Medieval Studies Department, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine Network Analysis in the Political Context Center for Network Science 6 20th anniversary 20th anniversary 7
6 20th anniversary Left to right: Audience members at a CEU public lecture. CEU President and Rector John Shattuck and David Drummond, Google senior vice president and chief legal counsel, open the joint CEU-Google conference Internet at Liberty 2010: The Promise and Peril of Online Free Expression. CEU to Infinity alumni photo competition exhibit. The 20th anniversary celebration kicked off with a global conference held in collaboration with Google: Internet at Liberty 2010: The Promise and Peril of Online Free Expression. It drew people involved in the global debate over free expression on the Internet representatives from governments, corporations, and civil society organizations, among others and reached an online audience of nearly 4 million people. The overall anniversary program was led by President and Rector John Shattuck and orchestrated by a commitee chaired by Istvan Rev, director of CEU Open Society Archives. Operational aspects were managed by Julia Iwinska, assistant to Chief Operating Officer Liviu Matei. To promote participation among faculty, students, staff, and alumni, CEU created a fund of 100,000 to subsidize events related to the two anniversary themes. Applications were submitted by individual units, groups of units, and individual community members. Events selected for support from the pool of proposals were: What Is Science For? A Magical Mystery Tour; Will You Still Love Me When I m 128?; and Exploitation and Choice in the Global Egg Trade: Emotive Terminology or Necessary Critique? public lecture series (Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine) Homeless Relief Project a student-run initiative to support organizations helping homeless people in Budapest CEU to Infinity an exhibition of photography by alumni and students (Alumni Relations and Career Services Office and the Center for Arts and Culture) Legacies and Discontinuities in the Eastern Mediterranean: Reflections on Comparative and Innovative Methodologies in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Ottoman Studies an international graduate-student day (Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies) New Approaches and Methodological Challenges in Jewish Studies: Critical Readings of Testimonies a workshop (Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Gender Studies, in cooperation with the CEU Library) CEU Alumni in Developing Central Asia a conference at the first Central Asian CEU Alumni Reunion event (Kyrgyzstan CEU alumni chapter and CEU Alumni Office) Competing and Complementary Visions of the Social: History, Sociology, Anthropology a workshop (departments of History and Sociology and Social Anthropology) Post-Communist Media From Democratic Ideals to Authoritarian Backlash? a workshop (Center for Media and Communications Studies and the CEU Press) Jews in East Central European Educated Populations and Elites Before Communist Times. Prosopography and Statistics a workshop (Department of History) A Travelogue of Central Asian Scholarship: An Interdisciplinary Survival Guide to Managing the (Lack of) Data Deluge a workshop (Asia Research Initiative) Pan-European Award for Excellence in Teaching On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, CEU created a European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities to stimulate greater recognition of the value of teaching in higher education and to complement the research focus that dominates higher education policies in Europe. Consistent with CEU s commitment to teaching excellence and advancement of the social sciences and humanities, the annual award competition is open to candidates who are academic instructors of any rank in the social sciences and/or humanities and employed by a college or university in a member country of the European Higher Education Area. CEU faculty members past or present are not eligible to apply. 8 20th anniversary 20th anniversary 9
7 20th anniversary Left to right: CEU alumni enjoy the 20th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Gala dinner in May. During the dinner s 20th Anniversary Alumni Heroes ceremony, President and Rector John Shattuck congratulates Darko Angelov (IRES 04), Macedonian ambassador to Hungary, on receiving a CEU Career Achievement Award. The 20th anniversary prompted CEU alumni around the world to gather in unprecedented numbers, recognize the achievements of their peers, and make record-breaking donations to support the University s future. In 2011, over 700 alumni joined President and Rector John Shattuck and other special guests at major reunion events in Budapest, Bucharest, Istanbul, Moscow, New York City, Vilnius, and Washington, D.C. CEU offered two funding mechanisms for alumni to organize anniversary celebrations designed to add value to the University and their local communities. Alumni had the option of applying to the 20th Anniversary Events Fund or to the Alumni Chapter Grants Program, which funds professional, social, and civic development projects that demonstrate the alumni group's commitment to CEU and its mission. Two alumni chapters participated, one conducting a book signing in Slovakia, the other hosting a conference on the social responsibility of academia, environmental awareness, and diversity in education in Kyrgyzstan. Each year, the CEU Alumni Campaign invites graduates to contribute financially to the University s future. Inspired by the 20th anniversary, alumni donated more than $100,000 the largest amount raised in an alumni campaign to date. In 2011, the campaign funded 20 student scholarships for the Academic Year , supported academic departments, and contributed to the Campus Redevelopment Project. CEU also marked the anniversary by recognizing distinguished alumni, many of whom received certificates of recognition from President and Rector John Shattuck at the Alumni Reunion Gala, which drew some 300 people from around the world. 20th Anniversary Alumni Heroes awards were given to 20 alumni who had contributed as donors, leaders, and volunteers within CEU s global community and to 20 more alumni who had distinguished themselves professionally. The Gala is part of the Alumni Reunion Weekend along with the Alumni Leadership Forum and the Career Fair. One "20th Anniversary Alumni Hero," Bruce Lasky (LEGS '03), and his organ-ization, Bridges Across Borders South East Asia: Community Legal Education Initiative, went on to establish the BABSEA CLE Award at CEU. Amounting to $500, this annual award will be given to one graduate of the CEU Legal Studies program in Human Rights on the basis of academic merit and outstanding civic engagement. BABSEA CLE and CEU intend to further strengthen their partnership in Career Achievement Award Winners Darko Angelov (IRES 04) / George Badridze (IRES 96) / Marija Bojovic (LEGS 00) / Snjezana Bokulic (SEES 00) / Nadir Burnashev (ECON 95, 96) / Agon Demjaha (IRES 97) / Klaudia Gonzalez-Martinez (IRES 03) / Ines Hobdari (ECON 93) / Gyorgy Leitner (BUSI 90) / Toomas Lukk (ENVS 92) / Livia Jaroka (SOCI 99) / Monica Macovei (LEGS 93) / Nicolas Mirabaud (BUSI 08) / Mailis Reps (LEGS 99) / Maxim Ryabkov (POLS 97, 05) / Valentin Serebryakov (ENVS 92) / Marta Szigeti Bonifert (BUSI 90) / Nerijus Udrenas (MEDS 94) / Craig Zelizer (SOCI 95) / Patrik Zoltvany (IRES 98) Contribution to CEU Award Winners Peter Caley (IRES 97) / Stefan Cibian (CPS 06) / Borbala Czako (BUSI 90) / Maria Cvitkovic (HIST 05) / Nerijus Dagilis (ECON 98) / Zorana Gajic (POLS 97) / Aida Ghazaryan (LEGS 00) / Armin Haeberle (POLS 05) / Tijana Kojovic (LEGS 97, 01) / Bruce Lasky (LEGS 03) / Chunyu Liang (ENVS 07) / Anu Mand (MEDS 96, 01) / Cristina Marzea (IRES 98) / Sarah Nedolast (IRES 98) / Iryna Nikolaieva (LEGS 98) / Xenia Shevnina (POLS 04) / Bermet Tursunkulova (IRES 99) / Matthew Utterback (POLS 97) / Helena Zhidkova (HIST 96) 10 20th anniversary 20th anniversary 11
9 CEU provides a unique educational experience: rigorous, multilayered, and rooted in the principles of open society. In 2011, the Cognitive Science Department welcomed the first cadre of students to its new PhD program. It also earned widespread recognition, partly by securing leading research grants and via the success of two faculty members in winning the distinguished Jean Nicod prize. CEU also approved two new degree programs in 2011: an MSc in Finance at the Business School and an MPP in Public Policy at the new School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Both programs are scheduled to enroll their first students in The University also redefined and reinstated an MSc program in Information Technology at the Business School that will begin in One of CEU s goals is to shed new light on complex subjects by conducting interdisciplinary teaching and research. In 2011, research centers with faculty from multiple departments continued to thrive. The Center for Network Science, for example, heightened CEU s profile in this interdisciplinary field with a new distinguished visiting professor and plans for several more in Katalin farkas Provost and Academic Pro-Rector Open society, the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression, tolerance, respecting the differences of others: These are the values we try to foster during our everyday work. Recognizing CEU s educational excellence, the European Commission renewed the highly prestigious and competitive Erasmus Mundus status of three master s programs: in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management; Women's and Gender Studies; and Public Policy. These programs are delivered in concert with other leading European and North American universities. Again in 2011, CEU participated in several Marie Curie research training networks for PhD students and had exchange agreements (within the frameworks of Erasmus and other programs) with almost 100 universities, helping secure outstanding opportunities for CEU students to study at universities in Europe and beyond. Doctoral candidates defended 47 PhD theses on topics including new energy sources in Ukraine, antitrust legislation in the United States and the European Union, water governance in Malawi, and the history of Stalinism in Romania. Demonstrating its commitment to outstanding education, the University established a Center for Teaching and Learning in 2011, which has begun introducing innovative approaches to teaching and promoting effective collaboration among students and faculty members. CEU hired eight resident faculty members in 2011, including deans of CEU Business School and the new School of Public Policy and International Affairs. The others were two faculty members each in the Business School and departments of Cognitive Science and Economics; and one each in the departments of Philosophy and Sociology and Social Anthropology. Total faculty numbered 372, including 143 resident faculty, 30 adjunct faculty, and 199 visiting faculty. Again in 2011, CEU s faculty/student ratio was an exceptional 1:7. 14 academics
10 faculty CEU attracts faculty from around the world who bring their subject matter to life for students with a rare degree of personal attention, thanks to CEU s extraordinary 1:7 faculty/student ratio. Faculty members put a premium on being both inspiring teachers and superb researchers. janos kis Country of origin: Hungary Janos Kis was an active member of Hungary s dissident movement that coordinated resistance to the communist regime. During the democratic transition, he was chairman of the Alliance of Free Democrats until 1991 when he returned to academia to become a professor of philosophy and political science at CEU. He is currently researching theories of justice and popular sovereignty. Popular sovereignty should not be interpreted as allowing the people to give themselves whatever constitution they might want, Kis says. Such an interpretation cannot be accommodated with other political principles like basic individual rights or democratic decision-making. Kis also wonders whether principles of justice apply first to institutions or if they have direct application to individual conduct. For example, are people bound by duties of justice only to fellow citizens or to human beings worldwide? bala mulloth Countries of origin: India/USA Fear of failure discourages many people from attempting new ventures, Bala Mulloth says, but the promise of entrepreneurship and innovation can prove irresistible. Mulloth joined CEU in 2011 as an assistant professor at CEU Business School and soon after was appointed faculty director of its new Innovations Lab. While honing his expertise at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Mulloth oversaw the operations of business incubators in which embryonic ideas were nurtured into thriving toddler enterprises. His arrival marks CEU Business School s first foray into social entrepreneurship curricula. As an instructor, Mulloth says, my role is helping students develop their ideas into real businesses. One project for the Inno-vationsLab, he says, was proposed by a student group that is sprouting an idea with a lot of potential for building sustainable, paper-based furniture. andreas goldthau Country of origin: Germany We need a complete overhaul of energy systems, says Andreas Goldthau, head of CEU s Public Policy Department. Goldthau tackles energy security and global governance issues related to oil and gas with the aim of informing key policymakers. It s my way of speaking truth to power, he says. By that, Goldthau means rethinking the status quo, which reflects an outdated and shortsighted convert-and-consume mentality. Goldthau proposes an ideal scenario in which consumers would be empowered to produce and consume energy, thereby strengthening utility systems and preventing outages. To that end, he is participating in a 12-university consortium research project funded by the European Commission that examines various factors in European energy policymaking an exercise in which his team examines supply-anddemand patterns and reevaluates the way governments regulate energy. tijana krstic Country of origin: Serbia When Associate Professor Tijana Krstic arrived at CEU, she brought the Ottoman Empire with her. Her 2009 appointment in the Medieval Studies Department represented the debut of CEU s academic study of one of the world s most powerful and enduring dominions. As a historian, Krstic says, my job is to engage students in a dialogue with the past. Krstic s interest in the religious conversions of Balkan Christians to Islam led her to compare early modern Ottoman religious politics with those of its European contemporaries, where she found unexpected similarities. Krstic says she wants to stimulate discussion about the Ottoman Empire s legacies in Europe and the Middle East. We try to find a balance, she says, between source-based history in the languages of the empire s many peoples and critical reconsideration of myths about the Turk. judit sandor Country of origin: Hungary Professor Judit Sandor works at one of contemporary society s most legally and morally challenging frontiers as director of CEU s Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine. Her special expertise: interpreting human rights as they apply to human tissue and DNA used in therapy, research, and commerce. Sandor and her research teams explore issues including human reproduction, euthanasia, transplantation, and stem cell research. Among their questions: Who owns genetic material in large-scale biobanks? And should research participants share authorship of published articles or even financial benefits if research involving their cells is commercialized? Recognized as an international expert, Sandor worked on several projects as a chief of UNESCO s Bioethics Section. She also teaches and conducts research in CEU s departments of Gender Studies, Legal Studies, and Political Science.
11 Business School Department of Cognitive Science Department of Economics department of Environmental Sciences and Policy Department of Gender Studies Department of History Department of International Relations and European Studies Department of Legal Studies CEU Business School shifted its focus in 2011 toward accelerating innovation and professionalism in emerging regions, thereby advancing open society principles the central mission of the University. Areas of emphasis also included access to economic opportunity, ethical practices, state-of-the-art management, and global entrepreneurship. The school launched the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, supported by a $7.55 million gift from George Soros; the Integrity Education Project, supported by a $3 million grant from the Siemens Foundation; and emerging-region leadership MBA scholarships. It ranked 13th in Europe by QS Europe MBA and was recognized by European CEO as the most innovative business school in Central and Eastern Europe. Established in January 2011, Cognitive Science is CEU s newest department. It launched with four core faculty members, all from the Department of Philosophy. Two others joined in August: Guenther Knoblich and Natalie Sebanz, both from the Netherlands. In September, the department initiated a PhD program with six students from six countries: Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Russia, and Serbia. Six more students are enrolled for Academic Year CEU opened experimental laboratories for the department, enabling the study of behavioral economics, perception, action, and cognition in the context of social interactions. In the department s first year, faculty members won two prestigious prizes and a highly competitive research grant worth 1.5 million. Commitment to high-level research has brought the Department of Economics to the forefront of global research in innovative areas including the roles of networks in economics, incentives in finance, expectations in decision-making, and the patterns of international trade and empirical lessons from historical changes in Eastern Europe. In 2011, new associate professor Adam Szeidl won a five-year Networks grant from the European Research Council. Faculty members published in leading journals, including Gabor Kezdi, who published research explaining the socio-economic roots of the achievement gap between Roma and non-roma students. PhD graduates took positions at the University of Edinburgh and the International Monetary Fund. International in perspective and interdisciplinary in approach, the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy emphasizes sustainable development and management of environmental problems. One example is faculty member Zoltan Illes role in responding to a very local environmental problem Hungary s red sludge crisis of 2011, for which he was honored by the U.K. s Institution of Chemical Engineers. The department s one-year MSc and two-year Erasmus Mundus MESPOM programs attracted high numbers of applicants for Fall The incoming MSc class was more diverse than ever, with students coming from the United States, Australia, the Philippines, and China, as well as Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The Department of Gender Studies celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2011 by launching a year-long interdisciplinary lecture series, Voicing Genders, Engendering Voices. The series showcased recent research of the department s diverse faculty and illustrated the interdisciplinary ways in which the gender studies field contributes to the two themes of CEU s universitywide celebration: disciplinary self-reflection and the social responsibility of academia. Faculty member Eva Fodor was named academic director of CEU s new Institute of Advanced Study, which opened in Fall And PhD candidate Irina Costache received a Fulbright Fellowship for a year s research at UCLA. She is the department s second student Fulbright recipient. The Department of History has expanded its research and teaching focus from Central and Eastern Europe to include the Eastern Mediterranean, reflected in the election of Islamic studies and Arab history specialist Nadia Al-Bagdadi as department head in During the year the department held lectures and conferences to celebrate CEU s 20th anniversary, most notably, 20 Years of Change: Post-Communist Historiography in/on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, , co-organized with its research center, Pasts, Inc. The department and center also hosted scholars whose research spanned themes from social forgetting in comparative perspective to the history of medical and life sciences in 19th-century Eastern Europe. With faculty from 12 countries and students from 25, the Department of International Relations and European Studies offers a pluralistic and diverse intellectual environment that integrates international relations scholarship with regional expertise. International relations theory, security studies, and international political economy form the foundation of the program, complemented by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the European Union, post-soviet space, the Middle East, and East Asia. In 2011, department members received grants for research on subjects as diverse as conflicts in the Middle East and Eurasia, comparative regionalism, and multicultural societies. Also, summa cum laude PhD graduate Lucia Kurekova received a CEU Outstanding Thesis Award. The Department of Legal Studies focuses on critically important topics in today s global society: international business law, comparative constitutional law, and human rights. Among its 2011 highlights: Professors Stefan Messman and Tibor Tajti discussed legal aspects of the investment environment in Central and Eastern Europe at the Beijing Lawyers Association, in cooperation with the China-Europe School of Law. Constitutional law and human rights faculty, doctoral students, and alumni collaborated with a Russian NGO to complete a threeyear project on constitutional reforms. And human rights faculty joined 50 European Union partners in the Menu of Justice project to find gaps in the legal training of judges and lawyers. Degree programs: MBA MSc (beginning in 2012) Degree program: PhD Degree programs: MA, LLM, PhD Degree programs: MSc, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: LLM, MA, SJD 18 academics academics 19
12 Department of Mathematics and its Applications Department of Medieval Studies Nationalism Studies Program Department of Philosophy Department of Political Science Department of Public Policy School of Public Policy and International Affairs Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology The Department of Mathematics and its Applications prepares mathematicians for careers in industry, banking, research, academia, and in governmental and supranational institutions. It celebrated both its 10th and CEU s 20th anniversaries in 2011, partly by hosting a workshop on applied mathematics in May. Highlights of the year included new cooperation with prestigious units of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Also, Figen Ozpinar began post-doctoral work in the department funded by the Turkish government. Three PhD students graduated summa cum laude. And PhD student Mihai Mihailescu won the CEU Best Dissertation Award. In recent years, the Department of Medieval Studies has extended its expertise into new arenas of inquiry beyond its traditional focus on the political history and material and spiritual culture of Central Europe and the Byzantine Commonwealth. Today, the department s scope also includes late antiquity and the Ottoman period, Jewish thought and culture, and medieval manuscript studies. In 2011, the department arranged two major international workshops, one on Mendicant orders and urban development (culminating a two-year project with the University of Gottingen), the other on East Meets West: A Gendered View of Legal Tradition, co-hosted with CEU s departments of Legal Studies, Gender Studies, and History. CEU s extraordinarily international character makes the university an excellent venue for the critical, empirical, and theoretical study of selfdetermination, state formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection, and globalization via the Nationalism Studies Program. Faculty achievements were diverse in 2011: Will Kymlicka, prominent author on multiculturalism, was elected to the British Academy of Sciences. Research by Anton Pelinka and Andras Kovacs on rightwing movements in Europe won Pelinka an invitation to participate in two European Parliament sessions. Julia Szalai led a ninecountry project researching ethnic differences in education. And Michael Stewart helped found a European Network of Romany Studies that is funding a summer school at CEU. The Department of Philosophy celebrated its 10th anniversary along with CEU s 20th anniversary in 2011 by hosting a conference featuring notable researchers who have contributed to the department over the past decade. The highlight was a lecture by Ronald Dworkin of New York University, What is Democracy?, which was covered by Hungarian and foreign news media. Speakers included Dominik Perler, Barry Loewer, Tim Crane, Brad Inwood, and Dan Sperber as well as CEU Professor Ferenc Huoranszki. The department which uniquely combines analytic, historical, and continental approaches to philosophy also held its annual in-house graduate conference featuring three alumni as keynote speakers. The 2011 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings placed CEU s Political Science Department among the world s best. Among Hungarian universities, CEU was the only one with three programs in the top 200. The department ranked highest among the top 51 to 100 in the field of politics and international studies. Two postdoctoral research fellows Carl Nordlund (network analysis) and Aaron Pitluck (political economy) joined the department in concert with CEU s Center for Network Science and Political Economy Research Group. The department co-hosted the 17th Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Political Science Association with some 150 participants and the Annual Conference of the International Society of Political Psychology. The Department of Public Policy provides future decisionmakers with opportunities to study with faculty specializing in public policy, comparative politics, economics, law, and international relations. In 2011, it won its second prestigious European Commission grant to continue the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy, which it conducts with three other universities. The EU s flagship grant will fund about 80 scholarships over five years. It also led or participated in two EU-funded international research projects: a 540,000 study to investigate patterns of labor migration in Europe; and the 10 million project GREEN: Global Re-ordering through European Networks, which it conducts with 15 other universities. CEU initiated a School of Public Policy and International Affairs in Fall 2011 with the appointment of Wolfgang Reinicke as founding dean. Under Reinicke s leadership and in cooperation with several CEU academic and research units the school aims to make policy practice an integral part of its curriculum. Over the next two years, it will conduct a series of global initiatives and will host events focused on developing an innovative research agenda while fostering ties with the Open Society Foundations and other partners around the world. These efforts will provide the foundation for launching a twoyear flagship master's program in Fall 2013 and complementary executive education programs that closely align with the school's mission. The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology fosters an environment that encourages interdisciplinary study plus awareness of the historicity of social science categories, their meaning in different cultures, and engagement in the practical world. To this end, and as part of CEU s 20th anniversary celebration, the department co-hosted a workshop with the Department of History that drew participants from seven universities in Europe and the United States. Dorit Geva joined the department from the University of Chicago as an assistant professor, four students successfully defended dissertations, PhD candidate Ayse Sede Yuksel won a prize in an urban essay competition, and Neda Deneva received an ERSTE Foundation Fellowship. Degree programs: MSc, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree programs: MA, PhD Degree program: MPP (planned for 2013) Degree programs: MA, PhD 20 academics academics 21
13 students In its 20th anniversary year, CEU was more diverse than ever, with students attending from 96 countries. CEU s scholarship program enables talented scholars to attend from countries on six continents, including Iraq, Peru, Cameroon, Japan, and Vanuatu. mariya ivancheva Country of origin: Bulgaria Mariya Ivancheva grew up in Bulgaria during the transition from state socialism to liberal democracy and the experience fostered her abiding interest in processes of social change, utopian projects, and radical social movements. For her dissertation, Ivancheva, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, decided to explore contemporary socialism through one institution: the Bolivarian University of Venezuela. Founded by President Hugo Chavez and socialist intellectuals, the university was built on the principles of decentralization, decolonization of knowledge, and participatory research that empowers poor communities. There are still strong models of socialism in the world, Ivancheva says. In Venezuela, there is freedom for intellectual engagement and critique. She points out, however, that in order to export this educational model, Venezuela has to create a funding structure independent from oil wealth. dora kampis Country of origin: Hungary Dora Kampis considered pursuing a PhD outside Hungary, but chose CEU because of the Department of Cognitive Science s strong reputation and vigorous research in infant and child development. As a psychology student at Eotvos Lorand University, Kampis began working on a project with infants to find out if knowledge they acquire in social situations is connected to a specific person or applicable to any person with whom they interact socially. I love the purity of working with babies, says Kampis. Infants don t have the ability to lie and they don t try to figure out what you re doing. Her PhD thesis will focus on how children assess and keep track of other people s thought processes during complex or changing scenarios. Kampis also serves as a scientific collaborator in the Comparative Behavioral Research Group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Antonio Barbera Mazzola Country of origin: Italy While working in London as an economist for the Government Equalities Office, Antonino Barbera Mazzola collaborated with economics and sociology professors from leading British universities to research inequalities in economic outcomes based on gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and other factors. His work there and at the International Labour Organization in Geneva helped him identify his personal motivation : to serve society by shaping labor market policy. With complex societal issues like these, he says, you need to understand subtle dynamics to be successful at creating effective policy. Barbera Mazzola, a first-year PhD student in the Department of Economics, chose CEU because of its mission to bridge East and West as democratic societies develop. He thinks that mindset might lead to research examining labor economics in Central and Eastern European countries. caroline mezger Country of origin: Switzerland With the goal of adding shades of gray to the history most people are taught, Department of History MA student Caroline Mezger is examining the Third Reich s mobilization of German youths who lived within Southeastern Europe s contested borderlands during World War II. She is completing oral histories with individuals who either joined or resisted recruitment into the Hitler Youth or similar programs, and studying the subsequent effects on political and national identities within the region. Mezger is particularly interested in how the Reich began assessing the area and its population. By the 1930s, it was clear to the Third Reich that ethnic Germans in the region might be a valuable economic, militaristic, and ideological asset, says Mezger. The degree to which Nazi programs actually created enthusiasm among them, however, remains a significant field of inquiry. Githii mweru Country of origin: Kenya In Nairobi, where I grew up, 60 percent of the population lives in the slums on what represents less than 5 percent of residential land, says Githii Mweru, a doctoral candidate in CEU s Legal Studies Department and former program coordinator at The Centre for Legal Empowerment (Kituo Cha Sheria) in Kenya. In the slums, we had youth groups trying to change things, he says, and, for me, questions of justice arose very clearly. Today, Mweru is driven by a desire to reconceptualize Kenyan law to better align with socioeconomic rights and justice. And he has reason for optimism. Before coming to CEU, he and his Kituo colleagues lobbied heavily for the adoption of these rights, including community land rights, that are now part of the new Kenyan constitution.
14 Center for Academic Writing Center for Arts and Culture Center for Teaching and Learning CEU Library CEU Press CEU Institute for Advanced Study Open Society Archives Summer University The Center for Academic Writing helps students and faculty become more effective writers through personal consultations and writing courses. During the 2011 academic year, it provided 3,400 consultations and 486 hours of courses. Two center faculty members Andrea Kirchknopf and Thomas Rooney defended PhDs, increasing their research experience and ability to advise students on the research writing process. Starting in Fall 2012, writing instructor Reka Futasz will make a valuable addition to the center s support services by piloting a series of workshops for PhD students and interested faculty on preparing research articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The Center for Arts and Culture hosted over 40 events at CEU, bringing an extra dimension to the University experience. Its exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance workshops, readings, and public discussions bring CEU community members together with other citizens of Budapest. Besides organizing artistic events in 2011, the center co-organized the course Countercultures in the East Bloc and former Yugoslavia with Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies and the Department of History. It also launched an Artists-in-Residence Program with four young Hungarian musicians and teamed with the Alumni Relations and Career Services Office to conduct the CEU to Infinity photo exhibition to celebrate CEU s 20th anniversary. CEU established the Center for Teaching and Learning in Fall 2011 with the appointment of Sally Schwager as director. Its mission is to advance the University s commitment to excellence in teaching. The center supports doctoral students pursuing careers as teachers and scholars, collaborates with faculty on teaching and mentoring activities, and conducts research on innovative teaching in higher education. In 2011, it collaborated on a course for doctoral students centered on peer and collaborative teaching, piloted a blended-learning model using CEU s Moodle system, and developed a project with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy on mentoring doctoral student teaching assistants. The CEU Library serves the CEU community and external patrons by providing multifaceted access to academic sources using technology in innovative ways and tailoring its services to facilitate high-level academic research. In 2011, the library purchased subscriptions to 940 periodicals and 72 electronic databases and acquired some 5,000 print and electronic books. It also implemented a powerful new search tool, developed a research support service to meet the needs of PhD students, and was featured in Hungary s most prominent journal of library science, Scientific and Technical Information. It made more than 2,200 inter-library loans in 2011 and increased its number of users by 48 percent. CEU Press, well known for its publications on issues of Central and Eastern Europe, continued expanding its focus beyond the region and into new subject areas in It produced two more volumes in the History of Medicine series and launched the COST series with CEU s Center for Media and Communications Studies on the role of media in a rapidly changing global environment. Cold War Broadcasting, a collection of documents and essays, was named Outstanding Academic Title by the library journal Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. And Masterpieces of History received the prestigious Arthur S. Link- Warren F. Kuehl Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. CEU launched the Institute for Advanced Study in Fall 2011 following the model of Collegium Budapest and similar institutes in Europe and elsewhere. Its mission is to provide a peaceful yet intellectually stimulating environment for outstanding scholars from around the world, facilitating their ability to pursue independent research in a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences. In its first year, the institute is hosting some 15 international fellows, offering weekly seminars and discussions, inviting guest speakers, and arranging other forms of intellectual exchange within the group of fellows and between fellows and other researchers working in Hungary. With its vast collection of primary sources related to recent history and human rights, the Open Society Archives combines archival work with educational programs including lectures, exhibitions, performances, and film screenings. In 2011, OSA celebrated the 100th birthday of its home, the Goldberger House, with Budapest 100, providing unprecedented access to centennial buildings. The exhibition season began with Generation Z, a tribute to Russian pioneers of sound technology, followed by Surveillance Photo, an exhibition of secret police photos from Budapest and Prague. The Archives also created the Virtual Filmstrip Museum, an online collection of over 3,000 digitized educational and propaganda pieces from the Cold War period. CEU s Summer University promotes research, teaching, and social engagement by developing high-level, research-oriented, and interdisciplinary academic courses and workshops for professional development. The curriculum is delivered by a team of distinguished international faculty. Participants include graduate students, junior and post-doctoral researchers, teachers, and others. In 2011, the program offered 20 courses and attracted 544 participants from 92 countries, chosen from almost 2,000 applicants. Summer University also serves as a laboratory for CEU to experiment with new topics and approaches. In 2011, for example, it piloted the course Documentary and Anthropological Filmmaking. Founded in 1996 Founded in 2003 Founded in 2011 Founded in 1992 Founded in 1993 Founded in 2011 Founded in 1995 Founded in academics academics 25
15 strategic plan In 2010 and 2011, CEU prepared a Strategic Development Plan to map a path for the University s next five years, through The first step in the process was a detailed assessment of how the previous strategic plan adopted in 2003 was implemented. The analysis found that in the past decade CEU: retained its values, identity, and general academic orientation; grew more global in character; made significant progress in becoming a research-intensive university; boosted the number of research centers from one in 2003 to 15 in 2011 while establishing 12 interdepartmental research groups began to develop significant expertise in policy studies; and increased external funding for academic activities from negligible levels to almost 2 million in private donations and 3.3 million in grants from the European Commission and other public organizations by the end of Academic Year The review produced a number of recommendations, including one that CEU reduce the period covered by its strategic plans from 10 years to five, to better align with the University s dynamic environment. It also renewed emphasis on priorities where insufficient progress had been made under the former plan, such as developing the humanities more fully and increasing the percentage of women among the faculty. Major Priorities The new Strategic Development Plan defines five major priorities for : Promote rising academic standards across the entire University. CEU affirms its commitment to attract and retain excellent international faculty and to ensure the highest quality of teaching and learning in established and new academic units and programs. Reorganize CEU Business School and integrate it into the University. The Business School aims to become an academic leader in business ethics, integrity, and social responsibility, and to develop strong competence in innovation, technology management, and entrepreneurship. Develop the new School of Public Policy and International Affairs. The school, which began operations in September 2011, will develop an innovative research agenda and launch its flagship master s program in September 2013 in cooperation with the Open Society Foundations network. Complete the campus redevelopment project. CEU will expand and redevelop its campus in the historic center of Budapest in ways that reflect the University s mission and values, international character, and emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. Develop the humanities. Besides strengthening existing programs, CEU plans to launch new interdisciplinary initiatives in the humanities. Strategic Goals and Objectives The Strategic Development Plan defines goals and objectives in all key areas of CEU s operation: research, teaching and learning, civic engagement, students, faculty, institutional resources, and administration and governance. For example, CEU intends to: strengthen the capacity to conduct research in existing areas unrepresented at CEU and promote exploration of new and promising academic fields; explore innovative ways to organize research; develop and introduce a new approach to teaching and learning across the University, particularly by drawing on researchbased and practice-based teaching; provide more opportunities for PhD students to teach and to learn about teaching; strengthen CEU links with local communities in Budapest and Hungary; expand outreach activities, especially those designed to empower Roma and other disadvantaged groups; create programs to support academic internships, especially in the School of Public Policy and International Affairs; and increase the space and renew the technology of the CEU library. 26 strategic plan strategic plan 27
16 CEU has been a mission-driven university since its inception. Its mission is the anchor that has helped define its institutional identity and ensure its continuity. In line with the commitment Central European University is a graduate institution of advanced research and teaching, dedicated to socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry. CEU s distinctive educational program builds on the research tradition of the great American universities; on the most valuable Central European intellectual traditions; on the international diversity of its faculty and students; on its commitment to social service; and on its own history of academic and policy achievements in transforming the closed communist inheritance. CEU is committed to promoting the values of open society and self-reflective critical thinking. It aims at excellence in the mastery of established knowledge, courage to pursue the creation of new knowledge in the humanities, the social sciences, law and management, and engagement in promoting applications for each, in particular through their policy implications. CEU is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. The CEU mission is supported by a set of core values and commitments A level of academic inquiry that answers to the highest international standards in research and teaching while encouraging innovation and intellectual risk-taking The creation of an international community of scholars drawn from countries across the world to being a self-reflective institution, CEU has periodically revised its mission and values statements. This new language was adopted in 2011 within the University's new Strategic Plan. Openness and self-reflection, promotion of critical thinking, pursuit of truth wherever it may lead, and resolution of differences through debate, not denial Preserving a multiple intellectual identity: an institution rooted in Central Europe, drawing on the model of American graduate education, open to the history and culture of other regions, defined by the diversity of its faculty and students, with no single dominant nationality and a global perspective Interdisciplinary and problemfocused approaches to teaching and research, and their integration, stemming from CEU s young and flexible institutional structures and disciplinary boundaries The integration of theoretical and practical knowledge, both for purposes of scholarly inquiry and for the training of practitioners Civic engagement in addressing societal problems and educating students to be citizens of the world, connected to their own communities and to others different from themselves
18 CEU is a community of thinkers and doers who ask the big questions and pursue the truth wherever it leads. Aleh Cherp Academic Secretary; Research Director; and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy Zsuzsanna Gabor Director, Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office Our faculty and students produce critical and socially relevant knowledge, which strengthens open societies worldwide. CEU s dramatic rise in grant awards in recent years clearly demonstrates the confidence funding organizations have in our faculty researchers. CEU has firmly established its reputation as a research-intensive university. Underscoring its success is the five-fold increase in external research funding over the past three years. The majority of research is concentrated in almost 20 strategic areas, primarily in the social sciences and humanities. Research at CEU is conducted within its two schools, 14 departments, and 16 interdisciplinary research centers. Also, much of CEU s research spans multiple units. For example, the Equality and Social Justice Research Group involves faculty and researchers from seven units: the departments of Economics, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, and Sociology and Social Anthropology, plus the Center for Policy Studies. In 2011, CEU researchers received two highly competitive and prestigious grants from the European Research Council in economics and cognitive science. Combined with previous grants in history and cognitive science, CEU faculty members now hold five ERC grants in the social sciences and humanities the highest number for a single university in Central and Eastern Europe. Other 2011 research achievements include publishing an article on cognitive development in Science magazine, contributing to a groundbreaking report on mitigating climate change through energy efficiency, producing a report on media laws and pluralism in Hungary and Europe, and conducting a major project on ethnic-based differences in education for urban youth in nine European countries. This latter project, in which CEU led a team of 10 other universities, is symbolic of the collaborative character of CEU research activities. In all, the University currently collaborates with about 600 other universities on 42 ongoing research projects funded by the European Commission and other organizations. CEU is committed to integrating teaching and research. A large number of doctoral and master s students participate directly in research projects and publish together with the faculty. In July 2011, for example, New Scientist quoted research on the future of nuclear power that was conducted as part of a CEU Master of Science thesis. In addition to academic excellence and relevant research, CEU puts a high priority on making valuable contributions to society. To ensure broad accessibility to its research findings, the University established an electronic repository of faculty members scientific publications, where hundreds of entries were added during research
19 business environment history POLICY, POLITICS & MEDIA CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY CEU Business School s Center for Business and Society aims to promote research and encourage dialogue about the role of business in society, socially responsible business practices, and the role of business in promoting sustainable development. In 2011, the center participated in the European Commission s largest-ever research initiative on corporate social responsibility, as well as an Erasmus-funded project with five other European business schools to develop courses in the area of corporate social responsibility. It also published research on bioenergy production potential in selected East European and Central Asian countries and on ways the private sector can contribute to substance-abuse prevention. CENTER FOR INTEGRITY IN BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT The Center for Integrity in Business and Government was launched in 2011 to serve as a regional center of excellence in integrity education, bringing new visibility and credibility to the field. It is building partnerships with both the private and public sectors to promote integrity in graduate and executive education programs. Project partner Tiri Making Integrity Work will adapt the curricula the center develops to make them relevant to cultures and educational frameworks in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The center also launched a Global Survey of 3,500 companies to map relevant issues in integrity and anti-corruption education in MBA programs. Initiative for Regulatory Innovation The central aim of the Initiative for Regulatory Innovation is to explore more effective ways to manage governmental institutions, predominantly in countries with relatively young structures of modern governance. The center received a Google Research Award a prestigious grant endorsing the most innovative research ideas as well as a grant from the Central European Initiative Cooperation Fund to support a new multinational comparative empirical study of public and private knowledge-based organizations. It also established a Steering Network consisting of 25 distinguished practitioners and scholars from 17 countries who bring experience in diverse management capacities. CENTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY The interdisciplinary center known as 3CSEP fosters solutions to climate change and sustainable energy challenges. In 2011, it concluded major research projects including one examining the impact on employment of large-scale, energy-efficiency, buildingretrofit projects in Poland. It started two projects focused on policy and technical solutions for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions: one in Burkina Faso and Kenya, the other spanning Europe, China, India, and the United States. The center's director, Diana Urge-Vorsatz, was the coordinating lead author on the U.N. Environment Program s comprehensive study on climate change, Bridging the Emissions Gap. Center for Environment and Security In 2011, CEU s Center for Environment and Security was active in projects as diverse as monitoring human-wildlife conflicts in the mountains of Romania and examining patterns of migration in the North Caucasus. Researchers investigated energy security in the context of the Global Energy Assessment and on cocoa farmers adjacent to Kakum National Park in Ghana. Its Migration Program published books and articles and supported workshops. In 2012, the center will be folded into the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy to increase synergies among faculty. Its activities will continue within the department as part of a new researchsupport unit. pasts, inc. Center for Historical Studies Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies is the hub of a transnational, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of scholars. In 2011, it initiated a major research project, Twenty Years of Change: Post- Communist Historiography in/on Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe, occasioned by CEU s 20th anniversary. The center also co-organized three workshops: on museums of communism, part of the EUNAMUS: European National Museums project; on empires, supported by CONCEPTA, the University of Freiburg, and Oslo University; and on the implications of rightwing politics in contemporary Europe with the Network for European Studies and the University of Helsinki. Center for Media and Communication Studies The Center for Media and Communication Studies focuses on both scholarly and policy research with a dedication to the democratic potential of the media. In 2011, it published three books: Generation Facebook; Media, Nationalism and European Identities; and Media, Civil Society and Globalization. It also launched a research project on Hungarian media laws and pluralism in Europe with the support of the Open Society Foundations, completed a study of European privacy and human rights with Privacy International, and concluded a study on the independence of media regulators. To celebrate CEU s 20th anniversary, the center held a workshop with CEU Press on post-communist media and authoritarianism. Center for Policy Studies The Center for Policy Studies, which is committed to strengthening local capacity for critical policy analysis, pursues interdisciplinary, comparative, policyoriented research on topics such as equality and social justice, European public policy, policy actors, and governance, rural and regional policy, social policy, and states and markets. The center was the lead institution in a three-year, ninecountry EU-funded research project, Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an Enlarged Europe, which concluded in The center runs the Policy Lab program, an initiative for teams of MA students to pursue original policy-related research for the benefit of civil society organizations. Founded in 2002 Founded in 2011 Founded in 2010 Founded in 2007 Founded in 2007 Founded in 2002 Founded in 2003 Founded in research research 33
20 POLICY, POLITICS & MEDIA REGIONAL STUDIES SCIENCE & ETHICS CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF IMPERFECTIONS IN DEMOCRACIES The Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies develops and encourages research that reaches across academic and geographic boundaries in studying emerging as well as established democracies. In 2011, the center organized 10 lectures by renowned scholars including John Gerring, David Altman, Wolfgang Merkel, Larry LeDuc, and several promising young researchers. It also sponsored the panel Political Representation in Comparative Perspectiveat the 7th CEU Conference in Social Sciences and expanded its Working Paper series, adding nine new publications to a series that now contains over 20 contributions on issues including corruption and illegal migration. Asia Research Initiative The Asia Research Initiative takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics in Asia, with two concentrations: Central Asia and East Asia, the latter consisting of separate China and Korea programs. In 2011, affiliated faculty received grants from the Open Society Foundations for research and outreach on Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the broader post-soviet region, China, and via the CEU- Sabanci Joint Initiative Turkey. It also held a workshop on the challenges of Central Asian scholarship as part of CEU s 20th anniversary celebration, participated in a program on international security in Izmir, Turkey, and held a guest lecture series on China and Taiwan. Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies promotes the study of the eastern Mediterranean from antiquity to the end of the Ottoman period. In 2011, it hosted its sixth series of colloquia by distinguished scholars, including the workshop Eighteenth-Century Crossroads in Ottoman Studies. It led a student field trip to Istanbul, held a student conference on Legacies and (Dis)continuities in the Eastern Mediterranean, and was joined by Anna Christidou as a 20th anniversary post-doctoral fellow. A three-year funded project, The Southern Caucasus and Its Neighbors: c , held its second workshop in Tbilisi. Center members taught in Armenia and Georgia and Caucasian fellows lectured at CEU. Center for EU Enlargement Studies The Center for EU Enlargement Studies was founded in 2005 to foster dialogue between the European Union and its member and partner states of Eastern and Southern Europe. Its research focuses on EU enlargement and the study of broader political, economic, and social issues related to European integration. In 2011, the center organized three major international conferences on Hungary s EU presidency: EU s Danube Strategy, Eastern Partnership, and Western Balkans. The center s ongoing projects deal with radical-right politics and the future of the European Union when it will have 36 members. It hosts the Ambassadorial Lecture Series monthly and collaborates with numerous academic institutions. Center for European Union Research The Center for European Union Research was launched in 2011 as a new platform for academic discussion, joint research, and outreach events for CEU faculty and doctoral students engaged in research related to European Union affairs. After celebrating its inauguration with an international conference on European integration studies with scholars from across Europe and North America, the center began its first active year with the launch of the CEUR Guest Lectures Series, and the CEUR Working Paper Series. Uwe Puetter, center director, received a Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance and a related grant from the European Commission. Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine The Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the ethical and legal implications as well as the social and cultural consequences of biotechnological and biomedical advances. Last year, its associates completed two major EU research projects and continued with another. As part of CEU s 20th anniversary celebrations, the center hosted an Anniversary Lecture Series focusing on the new technological frontiers of life and the social responsibilities of life sciences. Lectures by distinguished speakers addressed issues that bring together such diverse fields as philosophy, anthropology, ethics, law, gender studies, and public health. Cognitive Development Center The Cognitive Development Center, which focuses on infant social cognition, launched an annual international conference series in January 2011 that drew more than 100 participants from around the world. Other 2011 highlights: French researcher Olivier Mascaro won a prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to join the center for two years. Postdoctoral research fellow Agnes Kovacs won a 1.5 million grant from the European Research Council to form her own research group within the center. And research fellow Erno Teglas published an article in the scientific journal Current Biology, demonstrating that dogs follow human communication signals in a similar way to human infants. Center for Network Science The Center for Network Science aims to become a node connecting network science across continents and disciplines. The center hosted the most important international conference in the field, NetSci 2011 International School and Conference on Network Science, drawing some 400 participants. In 2011, prominent network scientist Albert Laszlo Barabasi of Harvard and Northeastern universities joined the center as recurrent visiting faculty, and Balazs Vedres received four prizes for an article he published in the American Journal of Sociology on overlapping network groups. Research on creative teams funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and conducted with Columbia University also attracted interest. founded in 2008 founded in 2003 founded in 2004 founded in 2005 founded in 2010 founded in 2005 founded in 2008 Founded in research research 35