Quarter 1, 2016

Quarter 1, 2016

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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the latest issue of the CEU Business School Bulletin. As you can see, our school is as dynamic and creative as ever, and its wider community is alive with new achievements and developments. In the midst of all this diverse activity, please allow me the opportunity to highlight two important features.

First, CEU Business School is experiencing an important new period of its distinguished history. The overarching purpose of the school during its first twenty-five years was to introduce much-needed professional management to our region. We now enter a new phase with an equally important mission:helping our region and beyond become valued contributors in the larger global economy. Unless we find ways to join the twenty-first century, the benefits of earlier achievements may lessen as hope diminishes and disappointment grows.

The school is assuming its new role with seriousness, vigor and imagination. We do this by deploying a carefully designed and expanded portfolio of degree programs and by encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, professional integrity, and a better understanding of management and leadership effectiveness in societies hitherto neglected by business schools.

A second important feature of our current work is nurturing the larger CEU Business School community by upgrading links with firms, emphasizing excellence in teaching and scholarship, and integrating with the rest of the university. A special aspect of our community building involves our alumni. Through impressive efforts of alumni in Budapest, our alumni now hold quite well attended monthly "Shakers". This is extremely gratifying. Armed with this momentum, the school now aims to do whatever it can to help our alumni community evolve in new directions as well—hopefully even establishing an alumni association. We envision our alumni soon constituting an even more effective force working for the benefit of alumni professional development, our school, the university, and relevant external constituencies.
I look forward to your continued assistance and support as the school enters its second quarter century.

Mel Horwitch
Dean and University Professor


Recent Faculty Accomplishments:

Please learn more about our faculty's most recent publications, research, talks, and other accomplishments and about their plans for the rest of the year.

Other Important Recent Developments and Achievements:

Meet Our Faculty: 

Professor Yusaf Akbar, Associate Professor of Management and International Business, and Program Director of the Katalyst EMBA.
View the videos of all faculty members here.


Alumni News:

  • Our alumni community is rapidly moving to the next level. We hope to set up a CEU Business School Alumni Association soon. Please stay posted.
  • CEU Alumni are among top guests at NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in SF.
  • Professor Peter Szilagyi, Academic Director of the MSc in Finance, held various alumni events throughout the Fall, including open talks about entrepreneurial finance at the Barclays (Fintech) Accelerator in NYC and the "New Silk Road" at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Beijing.
  • Please join us on our AlumniShaker events! Connect with and "like" our Facebook page or send an email toalumnishaker@gmail.com
  • Our "Alumni Shaker" gatherings in Budapest continue to be very successful informal monthly alumni get-togethers. Organized by two alums, Emese Biro and Tamas Czegledi, our next Shaker is planned for April 14.   


Upcoming Events:


About Our Programs:

  • Our MSc in Finance is accepting applications for September 2016. This program welcomed an international cohort from 14 countries in January, and has September and January entry points. We established an MSc in Finance Advisory Committee in December. International exchanges are being introduced, and a dozen new courses are now offered by the school and in partnership with the CEU Department of Economics andDepartment of Mathematics. Scholarships are now available from both NASDAQ and Empiricus Capital Management.
  • As part of our Executive Education Programs (EEP), we continued our Talent Management Program with ERSTE Bank covering such topics as: Dilemmas of the Banks in Hungary, Big Data, and Complexity Management. (Action Learning will start in the Spring of 2016). We continue our program on Regional Marketing for Monsanto, held a Cross-Cultural Workshop for Magyar Telekom, and Customer Trends and Big Data Workshops for Allianz. With Professor Zoltan Buzady as faculty leader, we are developing a Leadership Program for Grundfos Manufacturing centered on Flow Theory and the FLIGBY simulation game.
  • Our International Study Experience (ISE) hosted MBA students from the University of Delaware January 13-16. They had classes taught by our faculty, visited companies and met our MBA students.
  • IMM Global Executive MBA Program: we welcomed the IMM2016 class to our campus February 14-24. Representing executives from all throughout the world, they attended classes on Operations Management, International Finance, and Negotiations and Strategies in Emerging Countries, as well as visited firms in Budapest.

Recent Events:

CEU Business School on the Road:

Our faculty are on the move: For example, Professor Peter Szilagyi, Academic Director of the MSc in Finance Program, will visit Shanghai and Beijing on April 21-26.  Achilles Georgiu, Program Director of the MSc in IT Management and MSc in Business Analytics, will visit Bucharest on May 9. Please contact Agnes Schram if you would like to invite our faculty for another event while they are in your town.

Forthcoming MBA Fairs and Info Sessions:  April 23, 2016: QS TopMBA, Shanghai; April 24, 2016: QS TopMBA, Beijing; May 5, 2016: QS TopMBA, Accra; May 5, 2016: Info Session, Budapest; May 7, 2016: QS TopMBA, Lagos; May 7, 2016: Access MBA, Ljubjana; May 7, 2016: SKIS, Ljubjana; May 9, 2016: Access MBA, Bucharest; May 11, 2016: Access MBA, Sofia; May 11, 2016: Amcham, Sofia; May 11, 2016: AUGB visit, Sofia



  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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