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CEU Business School Looks Forward to Another 25 Years CEU Business School held the first in a comprehensive 25th Anniversary series of forward-looking events exploring the School’s role in 21st century management education and thinking on January 9, 2014.
“Twenty-five years is a coming of age; the School is in a very special place,” Central European University President and Rector John Shattuck told an audience of over 130 attendees. Established in 1988 as the International Management Center, the Business School became part of Central European University in 2002, one of many milestones in the School’s evolution attendees discussed.“We are heading into our next 25 years with a strong foundation as a member of a highly respected, truly international University,” said Mel Horwitch, dean of CEU Business School.
“The School today represents a dynamic environment of dedicated faculty and talented students.”The event also offered an occasion for alumni to reflect on the impact of their degrees and comment on what today’s marketplace requires of successful leaders.“There are so many opportunities that I had that I would not have had without my MBA,” said Borbala Czako, a global partner at Ernst & Young and member of the School’s first MBA class who began their studies in September of 1989, two months before the Berlin Wall fell. Gabor Baranyai, also an alumnus from the first class and a managing director at QualyPlan, said that there are three things students should focus on: thinking globally, molding practical knowledge into a competitive advantage, and doing business with integrity. Technology skills were also noted as necessary for advancement.
A member of the second MBA class recalled in particular the awe he and his classmates felt seeing a professor demonstrate Excel for the first time. He recommended teaching students how to use the latest business-related technology so they can help disseminate such technology at their companies. Technology, a global perspective, and understanding the role of business in society, have become deeply integrated into CEU Business School’s MBA programs in recent years, and are growing in significance, assured Dean Horwitch, who spoke enthusiastically about the School’s “equally exciting next 25 years.”