Alumni Stories

Alumni Spotlight: Fridon Lala

June 23, 2020

CEU alumnus Fridon Lala (SPP ’19, Kosovo) doesn’t waste time. After graduating from CEU, last June, he returned to his native Kosovo, where just months later he was elected Deputy Minister of Regional Development. 

No sooner had Fridon taken office than a one-two punch of political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic struck. It’s made for some challenging days. However, his time at CEU – including his Student Union presidency during the LexCEU crisis – prepared him well. 

“Somehow, I think these things follow me,” he said. 

‘I Must Take Action’: Alumna Aids Budapest Covid-19 Relief

June 22, 2020

Like millions around the world, CEU alumna Adrija Maitra (GENS ’19, India) felt helpless reading Covid-19 news every day. Finally, she had to do something. 

“I realized I must step out and take some sort of positive action,” she said. 

In April she answered a call from a Hungarian NGO. Soon she was volunteering in Budapest’s 8th District, delivering hot meals door to door, and putting up coronavirus prevention flyers in buildings throughout the district. 

No Masking Devotion: Alumna Stands by CEU. Again.

June 19, 2020

This March, when Austria mandated the public wearing of face masks to fight Covid-19, alumna and Vienna resident Yan Schall (EMBA ’18, USA) became worried. Not least for local CEU students. 

“It looked like we would have to wear masks for a long time,” she said. “But you basically could no longer find them in the shops.” 

With quarantine imposed, CEU Vienna had shut its doors. But once campus reopened, Yan thought, students would need masks. Lots of them Yet masks were increasingly unavailable in the Austrian capital. 

So, Yan took action. 

Janosov Named to Forbes List

Recent graduate Milan Janosov (DNDS ’20, PhD) was named to the Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list of innovators for Hungary! See full list (in Hungarian). Also, see this feature article from earlier this year about Milan's work. 

Congratulations, Milan! 

Alumna Danilova Wins Journalism Award

April 20, 2020

Alumna Maria Danilova's (POLS '03) was recently awarded the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award from New York University's Carter Journalism Institute. Her longform reporting has appeared in such renowned publications as Harper's Magazine and the Atlantic, among others.