Petr Grishin (MA Econ 2000): Head of Macro Research & Chief Economist for Eastern Europe, VTB Capital, Russia
"The more distant memory our graduation (Econ' 2000) becomes, the stronger I realise how formative the CEU years had been for what eventually became of me. Four elements seem essential: (1) a first class, rigouros and systematic, training in economics per se; (2) focus on the region, especially with regard to policy issues; (3) proximity of other departments, equally top-notch, that allows for time-efficient interdisciplinary forays; and most importantly (4) the liberal atmosphere that encourages open-mindedness, diversity and rationality in intellectual endeavour. It is the last one that I cherish above all else now. Thank you, the founder, the faculty, and the friends! "