Newsletter - November, 2019

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I am glad to have the opportunity to contact you again through the alumni e-newsletter and give you a brief snapshot of some upcoming events and department news.

First, I would like to express my gratitude for the alumni who have offered donations to the CEU’s Alumni Campaign since your support made it possible for two of our students, Qian Fend and Thin Tiri, to do internship in Myanmar last summer. Qian interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) field office in Taunggyi, working on information management. Thiri Tin interned at the Forums of Federation in Myanmar, working on a research project on women and peacebuilding. Let me share Qian’s acknowledgement with you: “I feel very grateful to have our alumni’s support to have this very educational experience.”

After the momentous move of the 2019 student cohort to Vienna, classes started with full speed at the new CEU Vienna Campus at 51-55 Quellenstrasse, Vienna. At the Department, we also joined our forces with Austrian colleagues to hold a roundtable discussion with the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft at 5 p.m. on November 7 at CEU Vienna campus about setbacks and advances for liberal democracy in recent elections in Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Romania, to which we would like to invite you. Registration for the event is still open.

 It is also my honor to share two wonderful news with you about two of our faculty members: Professor Carsten Schneider was awarded the David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award by the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and as part of a multidisciplinary and transnational research team, Professor Judit Sandor received the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant for a six-year project that seeks to reconstruct the development of a common European identity after the Second World War. This project is called LEVIATHAN (Taming the European Leviathan: The Legacy of Post-War Medicine and the Common Good) and the funding for the CEU team that will be built by Professor Sandor is close to 2.4 million euros. The total amount of the grant is close to 10 million euros – the maximum amount of the ERC Synergy Grant.

Finally, I would like to raise your attention to an opportunity as CEU is organizing Institutional TOEFL test on November 8 in Budapest again, which can be of help for applicants who lack the proof of English proficiency. Registration is open until November 5. We remain thankful for your help in sharing this possibility with interested applicants, as well as attracting the next generation of talented Political Science students. The application deadline for our BA, MA or PhD programs is 30 January, 2020. If you know someone who might be interested in studying Political Science at Central European University, please recommend them to visit our webpage.

Thank you and warmest regards,

Zoltan Miklosi

Associate Professor, Head
Department of Political Science
Central European University

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