Alumni Stories

Alumna Golubeva Named Latvian Interior Minister

July 13, 2021

CEU alumna Marija Golubeva (HIST ’95) was named the Republic of Latvia’s new Minister of the Interior after a vote by the country’s parliament last month. A graduate of CEU and Cambridge University, Marija reportedly cited police reform and battling hate crimes and domestic violence as among her priorities. See full story.

Congratulations Marija! 

To the Rescue: Alumni 'Thesis Buddies' Aid Students for Second Year

This Spring CEU students had to complete and submit their master’s theses remotely for the second year in a row. But CEU alumni were there to help: more than 70 alumni volunteered for the “thesis buddies’ program, now in its second year; 54 students and alumni were paired as buddies from April to June. 

Some backstory: 

Alumnus Lőrincz Passes

We are saddened to report the passing of CEU alumnus József Lőrincz (SOCI ’92, Romania) last month. He was 64 years old. 

József was a lecturer at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences of Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj. In addition to his degree from CEU, he earned his doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence. 

First-Ever: CEU Alumnus Talks NATO Ambassadorship

April 19, 2021

When the Republic of North Macedonia joined NATO in March 2020, becoming its 30th member state, CEU alumnus Dane Taleski (POLS '15 Ph.D) was tapped as the country’s first-ever Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Alliance.

A veteran researcher and policy analyst, Dane presented his credentials to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and got to work in January of this year. We caught up with him recently to discuss the importance of his work and the lasting influence of his CEU experience. 

How did CEU prepare you for your work? 

Alumnus Raskevičius Faces Lithuanian Parliamentary LGBT Fight

April 19, 2021

CEU alumnus Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius (LEGS ’12, Lithuania) made history last October by becoming the first openly-LGBT person with a strong human rights agenda elected to Lithuania’s parliamentNow, spearheading a partnership bill that has sparked intense debate in this deeply-conservative country, he faces a daunting struggle. 

“It’s going to be Star Wars,” he said, laughing. 

Slated for rollout in May, the legislation seeks legal recognition for same-sex families. Lithuania is currently one of only six EU countries with no such laws.