About the school
CEU Business School and George Soros
CEU Business School was founded in Budapest in 1988 by a group of visionary leaders headed by legendary investor and philanthropist George Soros.
We are rapidly emerging under our new leadership. With assistance from an endowment 3x the per-student value of that possessed by Oxford and Cambridge, we offer educational program opportunities which are uniquely relevant for today's challenges, and which are offered at a highly subsidized tuition rate.
CEU Business School, a US-chartered institution founded by George Soros in 1988, trained the cadre of CEE managers and entrepreneurs who led the successful transition from a socialist to a market economy. Offering an American MBA and adhering to world-class standards of excellence in teaching and intellectual leadership, the School is now embarking on its equally exciting second-quarter century. Its overreaching commitment now is to provide emerging and re-emerging economies with the most effective and relevant theory and practice in state-of-the-art management. The school emphasizes especially innovation and entrepreneurship, integrity management, leadership, and managerial professionalism. The School’s distinguished faculty are respected pacesetters in their fields, and its students are expected to make an impact and are prepared to have multiple high-level and creative careers throughout their professional lives.
We believe, along with George Soros, that the world needs managers capable of dealing with rapidly changing environments and appreciating the impact of their actions on the business, social, and natural environment. Thus, the mission has evolved to a more global one focused on emerging economies as a particular opportunity to impact new managers and how they influence our future.
A global financier and philanthropist, George Soros is the founder and chairman of a network of foundations that promote the creation of open, democratic societies, based upon the rule of law, market economies, transparent and accountable governance, freedom of the press and respect for human rights. CEU's diverse activities including top-education, world-class research and influential international conferences are a key pillar in this mission to build open societies worldwide.
Every year, Mr. Soros attends the CEU Graduation Ceremony to personally hand over the Diplomas to all students graduating, and is active as an advisor, advocate and guest lecturer.
Degrees Relevant to Today’s World
CEU Business School offers various programs, including a Accelerated One Year MBA (full-time), an Executive MBA (part-time), Masters programs in Technology Management and Innovation, Business Analytics and Finance, several tailored Executive Education Programs, and, together with six other top-flight global business schools, offers the International Masters in Management (IMM) Executive MBA.
Our Accelerated One Year and Executive MBA programs help students develop the entrepreneurial skills and perspectives to manage new and established ventures anywhere in the world. They also help students learn how to create value in emerging economies and harness experimentation and creativity to become more innovative. Our MBA programs place particular emphasis on cultivating professional values anchored by integrity, ethics and transparency.
Our MSc in Technology Management and Innovation program is designed for managers or prospective managers with a technical background who need to develop the business, finance, and leadership skills for advancement or entrepreneurship. Our Masters in Finance program has been created from the ground up to serve twenty-first century financial professionals around the world. It is also well suited for those looking to enter the finance profession or who are in other roles such as marketing or general management who want to develop their financial skills.
Central European University (CEU) is organized as an American graduate institution, governed by a Board of Trustees. It was incorporated in the State of New York. The university has an absolute charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department.
In the United States, CEU is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education: 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States. Phone: (1 215) 662 5606.
History at a Glance
Since its inception as “International Management Center” (IMC) in 1988, CEU Business School has evolved through three periods.
From 1988 to 1995 IMC students were taking their first-year courses in Budapest and moved to one of our partner schools in Western Europe and North America to complete their studies and receive their MBA diplomas.
From 1996 to 2001 IMC had been a franchise of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
Since 2002 we are officially recognized as the Business School of Central European University.