Közép-európai Egyetem (Central European University, CEU)


ceulogo0-11The Közép-európai Egyetem (Central European University, CEU) is a privately funded and endowed postgraduate training institution of higher education with accreditation both by the Middle-States Network of American Universities and the Hungarian government. Central European University is a leading international and well- established academic institution known for the high level of interdisciplinary research carried out there. It can be regarded as an exceptional place for studies since, from its inception in the early 1990s, it has implemented a systematical policy of recruiting its staff and students in a multicultural environment. As a consequence, the staff of CEU is decisively international with a number of American, West and East European scholars as well as some coming from the Mediterranean region, Scandinavia, the Near East (Turkey, Israel, Egypt).

In addition to its academic excellence, CEU also has an extensive record of successfully managed research schemes comprising 27 EU FP6 and over 20 EU FP7 projects. CEU hosts 2 ERC Advanced and 2 Starting Investigator Grantees, a number of Marie Curie Fellows, has been coordinator or partner in Erasmus Mundus Programs and over 60 other European and various international research collaborations. CEU has well-established competence in international project management and a dedicated unit, which offers efficient and prompt bureaucratic support.

The Center for Network Science was established in the fall of 2008, with the mission of building academic excellence in the field of network science. The focus of the center from the beginning is on applying network science to diverse problems, rather than a pure theoretical-mathematical approach. The Center aims to fulfill its mission by actively collaborating with (and to some extent integrating into) other departments at CEU, as well as other research centers in Europe and the world. Over the first three years of its operations the Center organized four international conferences, and among them the NetSci 2011 meeting, the most important international event of network science, that brought more than 400 participants to CEU. The profile of the Center was greatly increased when László Barabási, one of the top scholars of network science joined the Center as a part time faculty. In 2012 János Kertész and Rosario Mantegna, two internationally highly visible scholars joined the Center. The Center started an Advanced Certificate program that offers a track in network science for PhD students enrolled at the Departments of Political Science, Economics, Environmental Science, and Mathematics. The full PhD program in Network Science is in the accreditation procedure and is expected to be launched in September 2014.


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