Central European University brings together students and faculty from over 100 countries for graduate study in an extraordinarily international, interdisciplinary atmosphere that encourages open debate and the exchange of ideas. Established in 1991 by American-Hungarian financier and philanthropist George Soros, CEU remains true to its original mission, to prepare future leaders to build and support open and democratic societies that respect human rights and the rule of law.
Accredited in both the U.S. and Hungary, CEU offers English-language graduate degree programs in the social sciences and humanities, business and economics, environmental sciences and policy, law, network science, cognitive science, and mathematics. CEU draws on the research tradition of great American universities as well as the most valuable intellectual legacies of Central Europe. Distinctive for the integrated approach it brings to teaching, research, and public service, CEU also emphasizes comparative and interdisciplinary coursework. It engages in collaborative research projects with institutions around the world to create new knowledge and to help solve complex societal problems. And it brings both scholars and practitioners to Budapest to give students a broad frame of reference for the future.
As CEU celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, it has extended its reach globally via its curriculum, research projects, and partnerships. It has also expanded its global presence via its alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters, who live and work in some 120 countries on five continents.
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