Alumni News

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. 

From Journalist to Deputy Minister: Zoran Dimitrovski

April 15, 2021

Zoran Dimitrovski (POLS ‘95, North Macedonia) still recalls the electricity of CEU’s early days. The Wall had collapsed, central and eastern Europe were opening in previously unthinkable ways, and the post-Cold War avantgarde, it seemed, had descended on Budapest to teach, to learn - and to apply those lessons going forward.  

Alumni Volunteer Spotlight: Ivan Nikolovski

April 15, 2021

Four years ago Ivan Nikolovski (POLS ’17) finished his MA, left Budapest and returned home to North Macedonia and his work as a researcher.  

But his CEU experience didn’t end there. 

Soon, he was volunteering with his local Alumni Chapter in Skopje. By 2018, he was its leader. Then the Covid pandemic hit. Alarmed by its impact on CEU students, he volunteered for the university’s first-ever Thesis Buddies program

Former Student Gerő Passes

April 9, 2021

We are saddened to report the sudden passing last week of Szandra Gerő, a former student of CEU’s Source Language Teaching Group. She was 44 years old.  

Szandra worked at the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives in Budapest. A polyglot who read English, Hebrew, Yiddish and German, she studied at Hebrew University and the Budapest University of Jewish Studies (OR-ZSE) as well as CEU.