CEU Tradition: Alumni Welcome Incoming New Students

September 15, 2021

CEU Alumni around the world once again took the lead in welcoming new students to the CEU community this summer by hosting 30 online “Welcome to CEU” meetups. 

For the second year in a row, this year’s meetups were held online. However, in several countries where it was safe to do so, alumni took the initiative to meet with students in person too (see photo). During the summer months more than 80 CEU alumni, current students and Local Area Coordinators (LAC), logged onto Zoom to meet more than 200 newly accepted students, from 51 countries, and answer their burning questions about the upcoming academic year. Online technology also enabled regional meetups in South America, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. SEE FULL STATS. 

Formerly known as Pre-departure Orientations (PDOs), “Welcome to CEU” meetups are live informational sessions for new students about to begin their studies at CEU. The goal is for incoming students to learn about the CEU experience from those who have actually lived it – CEU alumni and current students. For alumni PDOs are an opportunity to meet new students, welcome them to the family, and reminisce about their own good times at CEU.

Meetups are co-organized by CEU’s Alumni Relations and Student Recruitment offices and hosted by Alumni Chapter Leaders and/or Local Area Coordinators (LACs) around the world. Upon our invitation, several fresh graduates, former Alumni Scholarship Recipients, and current CEU students also shared their experiences with incoming students. We want to thank every one of them individually:

Anna Bara (HIST '03), Austria 

Anar Mehdiyev (ENVS ’02), Aynur Guliyeva (LEGS '06) and Ismayil Suleymanov (LEGS ‘21/ASR 2020-21), Azerbaijan

Ferowza Swapnil (ECBS ’22/ASR 2020-21), Bangladesh

Chad Poitras (IRES '05), Canada

Ulzhan Rojik (HIST ‘20), Larisa Gorbunova (LAC), Leila Yedygenova (LAC), Elmira Kakabayeva (SOCI ’21/ASR 2020-21), Central Asia

Ruichuan Yu (POLS ’19/ASR 2018-19), Xinqi Wang (ECBS '21), China

Ana Uglešić (LAC) and Dalia Alic (LEGS ‘21/ASR 2020-21), Croatia

Rania Seddik (DPP ’11) and Rola Elkamash (POLS ’21/ASR 2020-21), Egypt

Ana Medarska Lazova (LEGS '09)Tiphaine Trudelle (IR ‘22)France 

Mikheil Shavtvaladze (POLS ’10), Natia Nanava (LAC), Luka Gotsiridze (LEGS '21) and  Vaja Kalmakhelidze (LEGS ‘21), Georgia

Zorana Gajic (POLS ’97) and Patricia Jannack (IR ‘22), Germany

Julia Toth (SPP ‘22), Hungary 

Jeton Mehmeti (DPP ’09) and Lirim Krasnici (POLS ’20/ASR 2019-20), Kosovo

Ernesto Zelayandia (LEGS ‘17/ASR 2016-17) and Antonio Fernandez Martin (ECBS ‘21), Latin America

Htet Min Lwin (POLS ’16) and Su Myat Wai Hlaing (POLS '22/ASR 2021-22), Myanmar

Ivan Nikolovski (POLS ‘17)North Macedonia 

Waqas Shabir (SPP ’18), Muhammad Adam (ECBS ’21, ASR 2020/21) and Syed Shahzaib Shah (IR '22), Pakistan

John Albert Laylo (POLS ‘19/ASR 2018-19), Philippines

Stefan Cibian (CPS '06), Patricia Alexandra Nae (NATI ‘22), Romania

Natalia Gurgurova (IRES ‘13/LAC), Russia

Maria Milosavljevic (LAC), Milos Pavkovic (POLS ‘21) and Marija Cvejic (GENS ‘21), Serbia

Lucia Mrockova (IR ’21), Slovakia

Liudmila Liutsko (ENVS ’97), Spain

Odinakaonye Lagi (LEGS '09), Esther Ebimoghan (LEGS ’20/ASR 2019-20) and Funmilayo Miriam Akinpelu (HIST '21), Sub-Saharan Africa

Ievgen Zvieriev (LEGS '09), Oleksandr Chermnykh (SPP ‘22/ASR 2020-21) and Kateryna Kanevska (LAC), Ukraine

Joanne Wood (GENS ’16) and Natalie Payne (LEGS ‘21), UK

Ilona Beatrice Polyak (BUSI ’10), Angelina Pienczykowski (IRES, '14), Rasti Nikolic (BUSI ’13) and Kossi Atchrimi (IR '19), USA

Thieu Giang Linh Tran (SPP ‘21/ASR 2019-20), Vietnam

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