Excellence in Teaching & Research

What Our Alumni Say

Bruno Castanho Silva (PhD 2012-2017)

Post-doctoral researcher, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne

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

Junior Research Fellow, Central Bank of Hungary

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

Post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin

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.

Maria Fedorova (MA 2013-2014)

Data Analyst at International Organization for Migration

Sharon S. Belli (MA 2014-2016)

PhD Researcher, Political Science Dpt., University of Antwerp, Belgium

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

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)

Operations Officer, State and Peacebuilding Fund, the World Bank "For me, experience at CEU and Budapest has been transformative in every way. CEU offered enabling learning environment"

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. "

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. "

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."

Anna and Dave McKeever (MA 2011-2012)

Anna is Research Associate at Ulster University, while Dave is PhD candidate at University of Ulster "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. "

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"

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. "

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."

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 as well as academically."

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"

Peter Bajomi-Lazar (MA 1995-1996, PhD 1997-2004)

Professor of Mass Communication, Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences "My years as an MA and a PhD student at CEU's Department of Political Science have taught me that social scientists have a certain responsibility toward society, and they have to do their best to help open and free societies develop in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe."

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"

Read the statements from our Faculty members about the Department:

Gabor Toka: Apply to our programs!

"The composition of the CEU student body went through many breathtaking changes over the years. What has been most striking in the last few years is the increasingly global reach of the University. This also became an important factor in the recognition given to CEU in the International ranking of universities and programs. When you discuss things in a classroom with ten students coming from four different continents, you quickly understand why that is considered such a major factor in adding value to your Education." Read more...

 Janos Kis: Why Political Science?

"Why does it make sense for you to apply to the Political Science Department at CEU? First, because this is a center of learning and research of excellence. Since many years, we are among the top 50 Departments of Political Science in the world, and among the top 15 in Europe." Read more...

 Zsolt Enyedi: Choose a world-class education

"Fortunately or unfortunately, politics in the world is as exciting as ever. At the Department we do our best to convey this excitement and to provide the skills that allow you - future students - to analyze and understand the quickly changing reality. As someone who was lucky to be a student once at the Department, and now is a faculty, I can wholeheartedly recommend the experience of joining our increasingly multicultural community." Read more...

 Nenad Dimitrijevic: Apply to our programs - we listen and care

"If you are concerned with the social and political condition in your country, or if you want to articulate your worries about the world affairs, apply to our programs. You will discuss these and related issues in the community of equals. We listen and care." Read more...

 Carsten Q. Schneider: Our department cherishes critical but constructive thinking

"When I joined CEU more than 13 years ago, I could not imagine how big an impact the university and my department would have on my life - both as a scholar and a human being. The interesting thing is that this experience of transformation is shared by almost everyone - professors, staff, and students. There is hardly anyone who leaves CEU in the same shape and mindset as she or he has entered it." Read more...

 Andras Bozoki: Apply to CEU, the most cosmopolitan university of the world

"At times of populism, ethno-nationalism, and illiberalism thinking about the future of democracy is even more important than it was before. Besides other topics, professors at the Department of Political Science are focusing on contemporary issues in comparative politics. This field offers adventures in comparing regimes, social movements and forms of political change across countries, regions, and continents. Should democracy be universalized or contextualized?" Read more... 

 Levente Littvay: Apply to us to be an excellent researcher and professional

"The skills you need to be an excellent researcher are the same skills you need to be successful in all sectors. Produce high quality work even under intense time and workload pressure, read and process large amounts of information, creativity, advanced analytical, good communication and presentation abilities, good writing skills in several languages with a pinch of global networking and ability to function in culturally diverse environments." Read more... 

Laszlo Bruszt: Come to CEU, if you need generous financial support

"Come to CEU if you would like to study political sciences in one of the leading departments of the discipline in Europe, if you would like to learn from internationally respected professors who encourage critical thinking based on ambitious theorizing and sophisticated methods." Read more...

Zoltan Miklosi: Come and be part of this special experience

"I consider it one of the greatest fortunes of my life that I have met so many committed and serious students from so many different parts of the world at the Political Science Department at CEU. The experience has transformed me in many ways, big and small. I am sure the same holds for most of us, students and faculty." Read more...

Andres Moles: The perspective and learning process that this international mix brings to the classroom is truly irreplaceable

"CEU’s political science department offers a world-class education in a unique setting. Our MA programs will familiarize you with the main fields, methods and approaches in political science in a truly cosmopolitan classroom. Indeed, it is not rare to find classes with 15 students belonging to 10 different nationalities." Read more...

Judit Sandor: An island of international intellectual community

"Central European University is a unique place in the contemporary world: a small island where only intellectual qualities matter. CEU has an open, tolerant atmosphere in which dedicated international faculty explore various graduate level curricula with students from all corners of the world." Read more...

Matthijs Bogaards and Mihail Chiru:

"Political Science at CEU will teach you skills that you can use in a wide range of jobs. Just ask our graduates." Read more...

 

Attila Folsz: A place for dialogue and understanding

"This university and this department bring together students and academics from around the whole world with diverse cultural, socio-economic and educational background in a uniquely constructive and tolerant atmosphere, where nothing matters but intellectual exigence." Read more...

For more detail on the research interests of faculty, click here: https://politicalscience.ceu.edu/research-interests