What Our Alumni Say

"What Our Alumni Say" is a forum for alumni to share their stories about the impact CEU Department of Political Science has had and continues to have on all of our lives.
See above to meet some of your fellow alums. Want to share yours? Write us!

Olimpija Hristova Zaevska (MA '13)

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 '19)

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 '02)

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 '19)

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 '20)

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 '11, PhD '16)

January 6, 2020

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

Ivan Vukovic (PhD '14)

December 13, 2019

Mayor of Podgorica, Montenegro 

Chirayu Thakkar (MA '19)

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 '14)

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..."