WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY

Olimpija Hristova Zaevska (MA 2011-2013)

October 20, 2020

PhD fellow, Copenhagen Business School 

"My CEU education is absolutely the foundation of my professional development and career. The critical thinking and skillset I have gained have helped me a lot in working in Government and policymaking. I will always consider the CEU as my alma mater."

Givi Silagadze (MA 2017-2019)

October 20, 2020

Policy Analyst

"It was intense but invaluable. The time I spent at CEU equipped with crucial analytical and methodological skills."

Elena Ryabova (MA 2001-2002)

October 20, 2020

Director of Development, Chess in the Schools, a non-profit in New York City, USA

"The year at CEU has changed my life opening my horizons and teaching me to strive for the best. I have found life-long friends and outlined my professional career while spending unforgettable time in Budapest."

Berkin Secme (MA 2018-2019)

October 20, 2020

Market Research Analyst at Ipsos

"The quantitative aspects of the program for sure! If I didn't take those statistics classes I probably wouldn't be able to find a job so quick, since the job market is quite problematic here. I thank CEU for teaching me all those things :)"

Nikita Khokhlov (MA 2019-2020)

October 20, 2020

PhD student at Dublin City University, research fellow at ICSID HSE

"CEU is a unique place where you can get an international experience and knowledge of how to be either academic or professional in any sphere you want. My MA studies provided me a solid background to be successfully accepted to a PhD program in Politics and International Relations at Dublin City University. Enjoy your every minute at CEU!"

Maria Stanisheva (MA '03)

January 15, 2020

Film director, producer and founder of ANIMADOCS

"The MA program was unique as it was specifically designed for the change that was happening in Central and Eastern Europe at that point in time and it gave me an incredible insight into critical thinking and contemporary political thought."

https://alumni.ceu.edu/article/2017-10-18/her-own-words-maria-stanisheva

Ioana Petre (MA 2009-2011, PhD 2011-2016)

January 6, 2020

Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Ivan Vukovic (PhD 2009-2014)

December 13, 2019

Mayor of Podgorica, Montenegro 

Chirayu Thakkar (MA 2018-2019)

December 11, 2019

Manager to a Member of Parliament in India

"I am Chirayu Thakkar, a recent graduate from the CEU Political Science Department. Before coming to CEU, I read a master’s degree in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford. Currently, I am working as a manager to a Member of Parliament in India, looking after his administrative, political, and legislative affairs. I am also working as a consultant for various regional governments and NGOs that design projects aimed at bringing youth closer to governance.

Akop Gabrielyan (MA 2012-2014)

February 25, 2019
Executive Assistant to Founder & CEO at Teach For Armenia Foundation "Today I visited CEU, where a Master's degree was received some years ago. Referring to the years of my study here, I always remember these years with satisfaction and the feeling of pride, as I didn't betrayed my views, remained loyal to the idea of academic impartiality..."

Hani Sulastri Hamid & Marko Kukec (MA 2012-2013)

February 12, 2019
Hani is Planning, Learning and Accountability Coordinator at Rikolto Indonesia & Marko is Post-doctoral researcher at Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg "When we first met as colleagues at the Department of Political Science, we could not have imagined how profoundly the year spent at the CEU will shape our professional and private lives."

Bruno Castanho Silva (PhD 2012-2017)

January 8, 2019
Post-doctoral researcher, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne "Pursuing a PhD in political science at CEU was one of the best decisions I took in my academic career. The department is incredibly diverse in both methodological and substantive interests, with world class scholars."

Gergo Zavecz (MA 2010-2011, PhD 2011-2017)

December 17, 2018
Junior Research Fellow, Central Bank of Hungary "My time at CEU was remarkable in so many aspects: I was a CEU student when I did my first empirical research, when I first received a research grant, when I first published in a journal, when I was first asked to write a book chapter..."

Imre Szabo (MA 2009-2010, PhD 2011-2016)

December 4, 2018
Post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin "The single best decision in my professional life was when I applied to CEU’s Political Science MA program in 2009. I had an experience at CEU that shaped who I am in fundamental ways. I have learnt how to process complex information about the functioning of political systems and societies."

Bogdana Buzarnescu (MA 2009-2010)

November 28, 2018
Principal Assistant - Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe "CEU, and in particular, it’s political science department, has been an enriching and truly formative period for me. Firstly, it has been a year of intensely demanding yet intellectually stimulating studies."

Constantin Manuel Bosancianu (MA 2008-2009, PhD 2011-2017)

November 27, 2018
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Institutions and Political Inequality”, Political Economy of Development research area, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany. "I have pursued both my MA and my PhD degrees at CEU, and I consider it to have been an excellent choice. The programs have allowed me to gain the skills that are indispensable on an increasingly competitive European academic job market."

Maria Fedorova (MA 2013-2014)

November 19, 2018
Data Analyst at International Organization for Migration "Few years in my life so far were as intense, challenging, and rewarding as the year I spent at CEU. The academic excellence combined with a great variety of classes was truly impressive. The knowledge I got proved to be useful years later and helped me substantially in my work."

Sharon S. Belli (MA 2014-2016)

November 16, 2018
PhD Researcher, Political Science Dpt., University of Antwerp, Belgium "CEU made me fully understand my potential. Each student is treated individually and professors make sure that everyone develops a critical mind along with valuable skills. I would never have gone on with the research if it were not for the mentors, professors and colleagues who challenged me."

Ivan Nikolovski (MA 2015-2017)

June 25, 2018
Junior researcher at the Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’ – Skopje and President of JEF Macedonia – Macedonian national section of the Young European Federalists movement "The primary reason for choosing the 2-year master program in Political Science at CEU was to upgrade my knowledge of the state-of-the-art and gain the necessary research skills. But CEU offered me more than that."

Martin Molder (PhD 2012-2017)

January 15, 2018
Researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu "I will always look back at CEU with fondness and gratitude. By now I have been working and studying at different universities for around 15 years. From all that, my time at the Department of Political Science at CEU clearly stands out."

Zainiddin Karaev (PhD 2001-2004)

July 9, 2015
Trust Funds management - Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group, The World Bank "For me, experience at CEU and Budapest has been transformative in every way. CEU offered enabling learning environment, backed by a strong group of professors, who were friendly yet demanding."

Maximilian Spinner (2007, PhD)

May 18, 2015
Foreign Policy Department of the Federal Chancellery, Berlin “For me CEU was a very intense and enriching experience, both academically and personally. Academically in terms of a demanding but intellectually very rewarding environment, personally through the great variety of students’ nationalities, academic and professional backgrounds.”

Armin Haeberle (MA 2004-2005)

May 12, 2015
Head of Corporate Development Frankfurt Business Media - Part of the F.A.Z. Publishing Group, Frankfurt, Germany "CEU was a great experience for me. While the academic level was really demanding, the atmosphere was always friendly and the support and interaction with the professors and university staff a real pleasure. I wouldn’t have thought that a Master’s Degree can be so intense and intellectually stimulating and so much fun at the same time."

Juliane Sophie Stein (MA 2012-2014)

October 9, 2014
Researcher, Institute for Political Science - Centre for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Science "One of my major motivations for choosing CEU's Department of Political Science was the attractive combination of excellence in teaching and research on the one hand, and the good range of scholarships on the other. "

Olga Victorovna Smirnova (MA 2001-2002)

July 24, 2014
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University "My life can be divided into before and after CEU. This was a truly transformative year for me as a student of Political Science. Coming from one of the far most regions of Russia, I have experienced new cultures, met new life-long friends..."

Prospective Students

Promise Frank Ejiofor (POLS MA '19), MPhil Student in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

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