‘To Build a Home’ Rector Meets CEU Alumni in Vienna

September 22, 2021

Alumni are crucial in helping CEU establish its new base in Vienna. That was new President and Rector Shalini Randeria’s message during an informal meetup with alumni and friends on Thursday, September 16 at the university’s Vienna campus. 

The rector noted that, like most alumni, she too started her CEU career in Budapest. However, Vienna is now ‘where we need to build a home.’ 

The rector, who made history last summer by becoming the first-ever female to lead CEU, helped establish the university’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology in the 1990s. 

More than 30 CEU alumni and friends joined her for the meetup, which followed CEU’s Opening Ceremony for the 2021-22 academic year. Several current Alumni Scholarship Recipients also attended. See photos. 

During her remarks the rector thanked alumni for their support, both as volunteers and donors to the CEU Alumni Campaign, and for furthering CEU's reputation as a leading private university. She also encouraged alumni to share their ideas on how CEU can build a strong brand in Austria and make it attractive to prospective students. (Have an idea? Tell us.)

Afterwards, the rector interacted with alumni in one-on-one discussions. For many this was the first in-person alumni event they’d attended in years, due to the Covid shutdown. 

Attendees represented numerous academic departments, graduation years and, particularly, geographic regions. Alumna Ekaterina Radaeva (LEGS ’99, Russia) chapter leader from Prague, traveled to Vienna especially for the event – just days after helping organize an alumni meetup in the Czech capital. Ivan Nikolovski (POLS ’17, North Macedonia) former chapter leader in his country, and Hanna Asipovich (POLS ’06, Belarus) former chapter leader in Budapest and Belarus, were also in attendance, as were CEU alumnus and Department of Public Policy Head Martin Kahanec (ECON '00) and others. 

Huge thanks to everyone who joined this great event!