What Our Alumni Say

Akop Gabrielyan (MA 2012-2014)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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..."

Anna and Dave McKeever (MA 2011-2012)

Anna is Research Associate at Ulster University, while Dave is Part-Time Lecturer at Ulster University "We studied together on the Political Science MA program and married two years after meeting for the first time. CEU education, the outstanding staff, the resources at the department, and the intense workload (there is no point in pretending otherwise) change people."

Benedek Kurdi (MA 2012-2013)

Doctoral Candidate, Social Psychology, Harvard University "The curriculum of the Political Science MA program at CEU offers a reasonably broad and, at the same time, in-depth introduction to the social sciences. The Department of Political Science is very special in the sense that whereas each professor has their own preferred methods..."

Aliya Abbasi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, University of Queensland "Every day spent at CEU was full of learning, challenges, opportunities, motivation and a sense of achievement. I came to the Political Science Department with a particular aim to study research methodology but my whole conception about knowledge has changed."

Batlang Seabo (MA 2012-2013)

Lecturer in Political Science, University of Botswana "Studying at CEU, in the Political Science department, is indeed a rare privilege that will potentially open up opportunities for me in the future, particularly for my career in research. It is a life-changing experience, an investment in my future."

Andrej Nosko (IRES MA 2005-2006, PhD 2013)

Director for Europe at PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law "To succeed in the current world, you need transferable skills, which will enable you to succeed in many walks of life. CEU provided me with intellectually stimulating environment to acquire them and head start my career."

Stela Garaz (MA 2004-2005, PhD 2005-2012)

Consortium Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Habitat for Humanity EMEA "CEU contributed greatly to my professional growth due to its committed faculty, access to a great variety of resources, and high quality of teaching. But most of all I have benefited of the enriching multi-cultural environment of the university with its unique body of students..."

Daniel Horn (MA 2003-2004, PhD 2004-2010)

Senior Fellow, Institute of Economics, Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences "CEU is a true academic and intellectual community. Meeting people from all around the world and contrasting approaches from all around the scientific spectrum helped me to develop personally..."

Grigorii Golosov (MA 1993-1994)

Professor of Political Science, Project Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights Helix, St. Petersburg "I spent the 1993-1994 academic year at CEU Pol Sci Department, then newly formed. Academically, the time spent was more than worth it. The variety of different subjects within political science that the relatively small academic staff was able to offer was simply astounding."

Annamaria Orban (PhD 1999-2003)

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Communication, Budapest University of Technology and Economics "The CEU PhD program helped a mother of two kids near 40 to speed up her academic carrier… "

Evgeni Evgeniev (MA 2000-2001, PhD 2001-2007)

First Secretary at Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union “CEU is a meeting place for people of different cultures, knowledge and experience. "

Mano Toth (MA 2010-2011)

PhD, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge "My time at CEU was very rewarding. Engaging in thought-provoking debates expanded my vision and allowed me to go beyond the rather top-down learning experience of my undergraduate years"

Jennifer Yip (MA 2010-2011)

Supervisor, Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP), Refugee Services of Texas "CEU has allowed me develop my capacity in many ways. The activities organized on and off campus made me more socially active and the courses more academically-driven. "

Miles Maftean (MA 2010-2011, PhD 2012)

Lecturer, Eotvos Lorand University "My experience at CEU led me to develop a whole different idea of what learning actually is - it isn't simply obtaining and retaining truth and justifying this truth, but understanding what truth means to all different groups of people around the world"

Winne Ko (MA 2010-2011)

Project and Policy Officer at International Diabetes Federation Europe "CEU is truly global and the 10 month experience not only filled up my intellectual capacity, but also changed my way of thinking about the wider world"

Yuliana Palagnyuk (MA 2003-2004)

Head of the Jean Monnet Department, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Black Sea Petro Mohyla State University in consortium with “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” "CEU was a wonderful experience as it helped me to grow both professionally and personally. "

Endre Danyi (MA 2002-2003)

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main "The Central European University is all about transformation and movement. It is about the fascination with the ways in which societies, places and practices transform – sometimes slowly, sometimes overnight."

Emilia Lubenova (MA 2007-2008)

Business Development Expert at New - I JSC, Bulgaria "CEU and my Budapest experience are very precious to me, I will always keep them in my heart. You helped me to be what I am now - I feel young and successful and it is sure that you contributed a lot to this feeling of mine"

Sule Chousein (MA 2006-2007)

PhD Candidate, Atatürk Institute on Modern Turkish Studies, Bogazici University "I regard my one year MA experience at the CEU as the best experience of my life. CEU is indeed a unique home which blends academic excellence with her truly dedicated, friendly and professional academic staff with equally exceptional students from all over the world."

Mariana Sireteanu Gustavsson (MA 2000-2001)

Postdoc in Political Science, Linköping University, Sweden "Looking back I can describe CEU as a great meeting place for people, for different cultures, knowledge and experience"

Hairong Lai (PhD 2003-2008)

Executive Director, China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories "Central European University opened up a new world of research in political science to me."

Peter Stamatov (MA 1995-96)

Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy and Distinguished Researcher and Santander Endowed Chair at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute for the Social Sciences (Madrid) "I remember the year I spent at CEU as an exciting time of exposure to ideas and people new to me"

Peter Vagi (MA 2002-2003)

Senior Adviser, Policy Making, Strategy and Reform at OECD - OCDE / SIGMA, Paris, France "Studying at Central European University was one of the greatest journeys of my life. Being a Hungarian myself, it was also a great experience to explore my home city, Budapest together with foreigners from all over the World"


13 March |17.00 - 18.00

MiRG Meets IOM

Nador 15 | 202

Mr. Balázs Lehel


27 February |17.00 - 18.00

What About Human Rights?

Nador 15 | 102

Costanza Pusateri

13 February |17.00 - 18.30 

The Political Undocumented

Nador 15 | 203

Elettra Repetto

16 January |17.00 - 18.30 

From Darfur to Jordan, life of refugees between political deals and solidarity movements

Taraf Abu Hadman 

Nador 15 | Nimetz 102

28 November |17.00 - 18.30

Migrant solidarity, urban neoliberalism and the institutionalisation of aid in Serbia

Céline Cantat

Nador 15 | Nimetz 102

17 November |17.15 - 18.30

Gendered Vulnerabilities: Assessing the Deservingness of Refugee Women in Turkey 

Meric Caglar

Nador 15 | Room 104


31 October |17.00 - 18.30

The Destiny of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers in Hungary

Irina Molodikova

Nador 15 | Room 104


3 October |17.00 - 18.30

The Triple Block to Integration of refugees in Hungary and the tools to Remove Them

Boldizsàr Nagy

Nador 15 | Room 102


19 September |17.00 - 18.30

What Happened This Summer?

Elettra Repetto

Nador 15 | Room 104


17 May |17.00 - 18.30 

Ukrainian Temporary Agency Workers in the Electronics Sector in Hungary

Olena Fedyuk, Tibor T. Meszmann

Nador 15 | Room 202


19 April |17.00 - 18.30

The Metamorphosis of Aliens into Political Agents

Elettra Repetto

Nador 15 | Room 104


8 March |17.00 - 18.30

'Democratic Legitimacy in International Refugee Law'

Zsolt Kapelner


22 February | 17.00 - 18.30

Migrants’ Integration Experiences in Hungary and Their Institutional-Political Context II - Current Developments

with Jenna Althoff and Barnabas Bencsik

N15 202


8 February | 17.00 - 18.30

MiRG Meeting

N15 202

Presentation of the recently published report on Migrants’ Integration Experiences in Hungary and Their Institutional-Political Context

25 January | 17.00 - 18.30

Re-Foundation Meeting of MiRG

Nador u. 9, Monument Building | Room 202

07 December | from 03.00 p.m.
Moving Labor Power and Historical Forms of Migration: The Internationalist Socialist Worker, the Social Benefit Tourist and the Economic Migrant
Senate room (Monument Building)

Public PhD Defense by Raia Apostolova-Englehart (Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology)

30 NOVEMBER 2017 | 01.00 p.m.

The Rohingya Crisis: From Where? To Where?

Nador 13 building | Room N13/307A

Matthew Walton (Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Centre, University of Oxford) (via video)
Wynn Thane (Executive Director, Open Society Myanmar Foundation) (via video)
Oleksandr Shtokvych (Senior Program Manager, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)
in conversation with Renata Uitz (Legal Studies, CEU)
jointly organized by The Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education and the Department of Legal Studies

Friday 17 November, 6 pm, Toldi Mozi

MiRG goes to the Movies! 

In occasion of the Verzio Film Festival which presents several documentaries focused on mobility and migration, the Migration Research Group (MiRG) decided to invite its members to the screening of The Wait, meeting exceptionally on Friday at 6 pm directly at the cinema Toldi!

The screening will be followed by a discussion with:

Kitty McKinsey, Senior Communications Officer, UNHCR
Boldizsár Nagy international lawyer
András Léderer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Moderator: András Földes, journalist of Index.

Discussions are in Hungarian with English simultaneous translation.

31 October | 11.00 - 12.30
An Occasional Alliance or a New Power in Europe? The V4's Coalition Building along the Refugee Issue
!October Hall, October 6 utca 7! Registration needed.

jointly organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Budapest and the Center for European Neighbourhood Studies (CENS)

20 October | 15.30 - 17.10
Conversations on the Refugee Crisis: Who is a refugee? What is a refugee?
! N13, 301!

jointly organized by the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, the Open Learning Initiative (OLive), the Migration Research Group, and the Department of Legal Studies

19 October | 17.30 - 19.00

CANCELLED!! The role of interpreters between refugees and the society. Voicing refugees' claims in Greece
! N15 Quantum Room!

5 October | 16.15 - 17.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - Practising Refugee Law in the Heart of a Refugee Crisis: the case of Greece
! N13, G05!*

*Please write an email to if you do not posess a CEU ID card.

21 September | 16.15 - 17.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - Organizational Meeting & Presentation on "The effect of restrictive immigration policies: The case of transitional arrangements" (Magdalena Ulceluse, CEU) 
! N15, 106!

06 June | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - Statelessness: A long forgotten human rights violation – What is it and how can we resolve it? (Gábor Gyulai, Hungarian Helsinki Committee & European Network on Statelessness)
!Room 104!

29 May 2017 | 9.00 - 13.30
Conference - "Us vs. Them: Populism, the Refugee Other and the Re-Consideration of National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe", (Nador 15 Building, Room 103)

jointly organized by the Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

24 May 2017 | 11.00 - 12.45
IAS Lecture - Jewish Refugees in the Balkans: A Transnational Historical Puzzle (Bojan Aleksov), Nador utca 15, room Quantum 101

23 May 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - SOS Children's Village: Refugee Program (Eszter Kósa)
!Room 104!

09 May 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - Constructing Roma Migrants: European Narratives and Local Governance, Tina Magazzini (Deusto, Spain) & Stefano Piemontese (UAB, Spain)

jointly organized by the Center for Policy Studies and the Migration Research Group (MiRG)

03 April 2017 | 15.30 - 17.00
Book Presentation - Inclusion and exclusion in Europe: migration, work and employment perspectives (Olena Fedyuk & Paul Stewart, Editors)
!Different venue!

03 April 2017 | 09.00 - 10.30
Public Panel - Migration & Migration Governance in Illiberal Times (Venue TBA)

28 March 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Seminar - Student Presentations of MA-Thesis Projects: Constructing the migrant - manifestations of the Illiberal among Hungarian children (Aiski Ryokas, Sociology & Social Anthropology ’17), Legal Double Standards: Private Prisons and Undocumented Immigrant Detenetion in the U.S. (Michael Parrish, SPP '17)

16 March 2017 | 17.30 - 19.00
Lecture - The East in the West: Fluctuating Borders, Cross-Cultural Encounters and Evolving Identities in the Early Modern Eastern Mediterranean (Margarita Voulgaropoulou, postdoctoral researcher at the OTTOCONFESSION project at CEU)

08 March 2017 | 11.00 - 12.40
IAS Seminar - The way home: Peaceful return of victims of ethnic cleansing (Djordje Stefanovic, Junior EURIAS Fellow)

07 March 2017 | 17.15 -18.45
Migration Research Group Seminar - The Adriatic path of Eastern European asylum seekers during the Cold War. The case study of Italy as a transit country (Blinken OSA Archivum – Visegrad Scholarship at OSA fellow Francesca Rolandi)
!Different venue!

jointly organized by OSA Archivum and the Migration Research Group (MiRG)

28 February 2017 | 16.00 - 17.30
Migration Research Group Seminar - Migrants, city making and the value creation processes in a multiscalar perspective: Space and time in migration scholarship (Prof. Ayse Caglar, University of Vienna & Visiting Professor at CEU)
!Different time!

28 February 2017 | 13.30 -15.10
Lecture - Why Race is Still Socially Constructed (Dr. David Ludwig)

28 February 2017 | 18.00 - 20.00
Film Screening - PATRIA NOSTRA - Minor Hungarian refugees in 1956 in the French Foreign Legion (The screening is accompanied by a discussion with the author and film director Béla Nóvé (Historian) and  András Mink (Historian, Blinken OSA Archivum)

15 February 2017 | 11.00 - 12.00
Public Lecture - Migration: A Common European Challenge (Mr. Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration, Sweden)
!Nádor 15, Auditorium A!

(jointly organised by the CEU Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) and the Embassy of Sweden in Budapest)

14 February 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Seminar - How Immigrants Helped EU Labor Markets to Adjust during the Great Recession (Prof. Martin Kahanec)

03 & 04 February 2017 | 09.30 - 19.00
Conference - Philosophy of Borders: Nations, States, and Immigration (Keynote by Margaret Moore, Queen’s University)

(co-organised by the Hungarian Academy of Science and CEU)

31 January 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Meeting - postponed

18 January 2017 | 18.00 - 20.00
Lecture - Why Multiculturalism isn`t Dead: Liberal Law and the Empowerment of Gays and Muslims (Christian Joppke)

17 January 2017 | 17.15 - 18.45
Migration Research Group Seminar - Student Presentations of MA-Thesis Projects: State Responses to Cross-Border Activism on the Western-Balkans Route to Europe (Zuzana Pavelková, LEGS ’17)
! ROOM 102, N15!

08 December 2016 | 15.30 -17.00
Migration Research Group Film Screening - Road of a Migrant (Olena Fedyuk, 2015, 52')

05 December 2016 | 09.00 - 17.30
Conference - From “Crisis” to Challenges of Integration: The Current State of the Balkan Migration Route
! Live stream available

24 November 2016 | 15.30 - 17.00
Migration Research Group Meeting - Refugees as Surplus Populations: Capitalism and Common Marginalisations of Migrants and Subaltern Populations (Prem Kumar Rajaram)
! Live stream available & change in venue

23 November 2016 | 11.00 - 12.30
IAS Seminar - Managing Contested Borders: A Case Study of the India-Pakistan Border (Happymon Jacob)

18 November 2016 | 10.00 - 12.00
Lecture - Inside a refugee ‘camp’: a comparative look at housing and livelihoods of refugees in the Middle East (Erlin Agich)

17-18 November 2016 | 9.30 - 19.00
Workshop - Challenging the Political Beyond and Across Borders: Possibilities and Tensions of Migrants’ and Solidarity Struggles

(co-organised by the Center for Policy Studies, the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, and the Department of Gender Studies at CEU)

17 November 2016 | 17.00 - 19.00
Lecture - There is Always a Before and an After: Documentation, Archives and the Global Refugee Crisis (Anne J. Gilliland, UCLA)

14 November 2016 | 9.30 - 18.30
International Conference - Migration and Refugees Today: Giving History Its Place in Debates and Research

(organized by the Center for Migrations and Citizenship (IFRI, Paris), in partnership with Central European University, University of Amsterdam, University of Warwick, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study)

10 November 2016 | 15.30 -17.00
Migration Research Group Seminar - Hungary's long summer of migration - irresponsible governance fails people seeking international protection: A report by MigSzol
(Johannes Mahr & Felix Bender, MigSzol members)

27 October 2016 | 15.30 - 17.00
Migration Research Group Seminar - Diaspora management and diaspora identities in Hungary (Szabolcs Pogonyi, Nationalism Studies)

24 October 2016 | 15.30 onwards
Departmental Seminar: The Discourses of Radical Diaspora Politics: A Historical Perspective on Migrant Political Violence and Terrorism (Mate Tokic)

20 October 2016 | 15.30 -17.00
Migration Research Group Seminar - Securitizing Migration in Contemporary Hungary: From Discourse to Practice (Andras Szalai & Gabriella Göbl, CENS)

10 October 2016 | 14.00 onwards
Roundtable discussion - The Politics of Migration Across Europe: Domestic Politics and European Values

06 October 2016 | 10.45 - 14.30
Book Launch - Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession

30 September 2016 | 12.00 - 13.30
Migration Research Group (MiRG) - Brown Bag Organizational Meeting