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Novartis Datathon: CEU Business Analytics Team Win out of 150 Participants

December 2, 2020

Congratulations to the CEU MS in Business Analytics team on winning the 3rd international Novartis Datathon Challenge.

Students Zsombor Hegedűs, Kata Süle and Dávid Utassy teamed up with alumnus Dániel Szokolics to beat more than 150 participants, just two months into their CEU studies.

Welcome Our New Faculty Colleague Tímea Molnár

October 1, 2020

We are pleased to welcome our new colleague, Assistant Professor Tímea Laura Molnár in the Department of Economics and Business.

Tímea obtained her PhD from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia in 2017. She is a graduate of CEU's MA in Economics research program. She joined CEU from the economic consulting firm Analysis Group in Montreal.

Student Stories

Attila Szűts | Hungary | MS BA 21

"I joined CEU after finishing my studies in psychology, where I was also a research lab assistant in the field of decision-making.

Elen Mikayelyan | Armenia | MS Fin 21

"I graduated with a BA in Economcs from Yerevan State University. Back when I was just a pupil in middle school, I had already decided that I was going to get my master’s degree from abroad. Selecting the university to go to was surely hard.

Gergő Ropka | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"I came to CEU with a background in data analytics and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I was always interested in quantitative finance and eager to dig deeper into statistics. I found a great opportunity here to learn from exceptional academics and practitioners in these areas.

Mariam Bazzi | Lebanon | MS BA 21

"I have found my education at CEU to be profoundly beneficial, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. No road toward self-improvement can be adequately taken without proper support and communication, and that is where CEU has excelled.

Bálint Tóth | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"After studying business administration and working in banking and investment banking, I was completely sure of my plan: I wanted to continue developing my career in the finance industry. I applied for the MS in Finance to dive even deeper.

Bence Rottek | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"After my bachelor's in a fairly different field, I was looking for a program that would give me both strong fundamentals in finance and the opportunity to immerse in specific finance topics.

Máté Kalapos | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"I graduated from Corvinus University with a BSc in Business and Management. I was already planning to work in the finance industry during my studies, so going in this direction was the obvious choice for me. Eager to broaden my knowledge in finance and economics I chose to join the MS in Finance part-time while continuing to work.

Zsombor Hegedüs | Hungary | MS BA 21

"After completing my bachelor’s I tried my luck working full-time, not knowing whether I would return to academia or not. As years went by I got more and more certain that I would stay in the job market until a colleague of mine told me about the MS in Business Analytics that he had just graduated from.

Máté Ligeti | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"Even though I was always interested in finance, being born into a family of architects, I started off my career as an architectural engineer. It took me a couple of years to drift back to finance through project management, real estate asset management, and later management consulting.

Bahr Al Souri | Syria | MS Fin 21

"I hold a Bachelor's in Banking and Insurance Systems. Although my passion has always been finance, I have not had the opportunity to work in this field. Hence, I decided to pursue a finance master's to keep me on the right track towards my career goals and to enhance my knowledge in the field.

Attila Serfőző | Hungary | MS BA 21

"After finishing my BSc studies in Finance and Accounting I worked as a consultant for multinational firms. Frequently performing long analytical and modelling tasks manually to create an analysis felt quite old-fashioned for nowadays.

Áron Gebe | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"My background is in international relations, which I chose to study since I have always been interested in the complexity and interconnectedness of governments, international organizations, and NGOs. During my time at the Political Science faculty of Leiden University, I developed a strong passion for entrepreneurship and investing.

Kata Süle | Hungary | MS BA 21

"I came across data analysis and data science during my bachelor's studies as an applied economics student. I found it extremely fascinating and was hoping to find a master's program that would equip me with all the necessary knowledge and skills of this field.

Abhishek Kumar | India | MS Fin 21

"I am a software engineer with a decade of international experience in data engineering and business intelligence. I mostly worked for banking clients, and it was from here that I got curious about understanding the financial data I was working on.

Dominik Gulácsy | Hungary | MS BA 2021

"I arrived at CEU as a student with a background in finance and accounting. During my undergraduate studies, I was always looking for opportunities to learn more about technology and how data can be used to make decisions and optimize processes.

Bálint Bojkó | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"I applied to CEU with a BA in Psychology from Eötvös Lóránd University, and an MSc in Behavioural Data Science from the University of Amsterdam. At the time of application, I had 9 months of work experience in the retail banking sector as an analyst and data scientist.

Ashrith Darapureddy | India | MS Fin 21

"I am currently a CFA Level 3 candidate, and decided to broaden my knowledge in the field of finance and technology. Moreover, I wanted to gain international exposure so I could expand my skillset. I chose to study in the MS in Finance at CEU because of its outstanding reputation, professional faculty and American accreditation.

Fasih Atif | Pakistan | MS BA 21

"I completed my undergraduate in marketing, which lacked in technical courses for a data-driven world. I had some prior experience in programming but it wasn’t anything advanced.

Kipkoech Rutto | Kenya | MS Fin 21

"With a bachelor's degree in actuarial science and four years’ experience in the insurance industry, I decided to pursue a master's degree in finance to broaden my skills especially in investment, risk and asset management, and to earn how to utilize data analysis tools such as R, Python, VBA, SQL and Tableau in a corporate setting.

Agnes Cecilia Reyes | Philippines | MS Fin 21

"Prior to enrolling at CEU, I had a little more than two years of work experience in the insurance industry, and discrepancies were becoming mere red Excel cells to be zeroed out. I have been wanting to broaden my experience in the financial services sector.

Ann May Gonzaga | Philippines | MS Fin 21

"I have an undergraduate in mathematics and have been working in actuarial liability modeling. I am pursuing the MS in Finance at CEU because I want to see the inner workings on and business decisions for both sides of the balance sheet.

Sevara Kamolova | Uzbekistan | MS Fin 21

"I earned a BSc in Economics with Finance from the University of Westminster. I was eager to learn more and advance my knowledge of finance and data analytics to fulfill the needs of today’s modern scientific as well as professional challenges.

Gábor Zsarnóczi | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"During my bachelor studies in International business I acquired general knowledge about business and economics. I wanted to dig deeper in these areas and complement my knowledge with practical skills in finance, programming and other areas.

Anthony Njeru | Kenya | MS Fin 21

"I am certainly aware that our background should not be a hindrance to scaling the heights of prestigious higher learning. My journey to CEU has been a remarkable one.

Yuri Cunha | Brazil | MS BA 21

“CEU is the greatest combination of a multicultural environment with a highly professional educational structure. As a Brazilian data analyst, it is a pleasure for me to enjoy to the fullest what a fabulous institution like CEU is able to provide."

Gergely Szlobodnyik | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"At the end of my PhD studies in Computer Science I decided to extend my knowledge with financial and economic skills. My motivation was two-fold. On one hand, I was interested in quantitative finance as I have seen several applications of my previous research in finance.

Shohrukh Tojidinov | Tajikistan | MA Pol 22

"Studying in the MA in Economic Policy in Global Markets at CEU has been a lot of pleasure and a challenge at the same time, since it demands much dedication and effort. It has been incredible for me so far.

Ali Asad Rashid | Pakistan | MA Pol 21

“I was a little hesitant when applying for my masters, as I was going back in education after a break. I was working at an economic research center and I knew I want to pursue a graduate program in policy.

Kristóf Mészáros | Hungary | MS Fin 21

"I studied applied economics for my BSc and felt that finance as my master's would be a huge opportunity for me to mix the two closely related fields.
I chose CEU because of its ranking, reputation, location, Am

Ramzi Chariag | Tunisia | MA Econ 22

"It is never easy to feel home when you are thousands of miles away. However, CEU represents possibly one of the most international communities in Europe. The CEU community provides that warm feeling of being surrounded by supportive, trustworthy, and reliable people. That warm feeling of home.

Xinqi Wang | China | MS BA 21

"When choosing CEU and the MS in Business Analytics, the most important considerations were the school's outstanding reputation and the program's challenging professional curriculum.

Abay Jumabayev | Kazakhstan | MA Econ 22

"Being a student in the MA in Economics at CEU has made me realize that I am on the right track and want to pursue a career in the field.

Nishat Tasnim Akhi | Bangladesh | MA Pol 21

"As a CEU student I have been given more than I was promised in the acceptance letter. Being a an Economic Policy student, not only have I learnt to draft policies and evaluate the loopholes in policies, but also got to work with leading policy analysts as my professors during my courses.

Li Jia | China | MS BA 21

"I am a native of China and have traveled to many European and Middle Eastern countries as a former trade finance manager in an international oil and gas company.

Ainura Karabayeva | Kazakhstan | MA Econ 21

"I am lucky enough to have been a part of CEU during these difficult times when we have had to study both on campus and online. What are my thoughts on CEU now? To me, it is all about the care and total dedication to its students that it has shown.

Kabiru Lawal | Nigeria | MA Pol 21

"CEU has provided me with a platform to conveniently reach for the stars. We have been challenged academically, using world-class resources. From a generous scholarship to wonderful faculty and staff, I have enjoyed tremendous support at every stage of my CEU journey.

Dilnovoz Abdurazzakova | Uzbekistan | MA Econ 21

"The MA in Economics at CEU allows students to improve their empirical and quantitative skills intensively in order to then conduct high quality research. Another important advantage of the program are its professional faculty and students from all over the globe, which creates a friendly atmosphere and helps us develop a worldwide network."

Ferowza Swapnil | Bangladesh | MA Pol 22

“Just like everyone else, the COVID pandemic has come with numerous challenges for me. Continuing online classes from home, far from Vienna, has been mentally and physically exhausting.

Rafael Frade | Brazil | MA Econ 21

"I am a Brazilian student passionate about economics and public policy. After a BA in social sciences, I came to CEU for MA in Economics. I have found not only top-notch education and a great international community, but also a place where democracy and human rights defence are unquestionable values."

Yerkanat Moldabekov | Kazakhstan | MA Pol 22

"CEU has provided me with a solid understanding of economic principles, so that I can choose from a wide range of courses in economic policy as well as finance and data analysis. As a recipient of a CEU scholarship, I would recommend this program because it provided me with opportunities which I otherwise could not afford."

Alumni Stories

Kristóf Rábay | MS BA 20 | Data Scientist, Hiflylabs, Hungary

"Completing the MS in Business Analytics enabled me to get a job that involves statistical data analysis, building, training and deploying machine learning models, both in Python and R. It helped me shift my career towards something that requires creativity, problem solving skills and business thinking.

Fanni Pfeningberger | MS Fin & Tech 20 | Financial Markets Advisory, BlackRock, Hungary

"Being a member of the Class of 2020, I graduated with distinction from the Fintech Management Parallel Degree consisting of the MS in Finance and MS in Technology Management & Innovation.

Tamás Marosvári | MS Tech 20 | Business Process Consultant, IBM, Hungary

"Having studied technology management and innovation at CEU helped me become well-rounded in management, and acquire hands-on experience in the latest technological trends that are transforming the way we are doing business.

Harshita Saxena | MS Fin 20 | Product Strategy Analyst, BlackRock, Hungary

"The kind of opportunities CEU provided in terms of job placements right after graduation were far beyond what I could have hoped for. There is no other institution as per my research that has that kind of recruitment and placement team that CEU has.

Máté Szalkai-Szabó | MS Fin 20 | Quant Risk Manager, UNIQA, Hungary

"I chose the MS in Finance at CEU because I was looking for a university that could provide a solid knowledge of both finance and data analytics. Prior to CEU I worked as an actuarial analyst at a consultancy for 12 years.

Peter Simon | MA Pol 19 | Sales Director, Yaw VR, Hungary

"I could hardly believe I had been accepted, especially because I was coming from a very different field. While I did my BA in American Studies, I was always interested in policymaking and economic issues, so when I got the opportunity to study at CEU, I felt extremely excited.

Chun Hung Yang | MS Fin 18 | Product Strategist, BlackRock, USA

"After gaining international experience in the investment field, I wanted to lift my skills so that I can cope with the technological transformation of financial services. The MS in Finance is equipped with cutting-edge courses and knowing professors, and offers hands-on experience that suits my career trajectory.

Benjamin Dug | MS Fin 19 | Financial Reporting Analyst, Citi, Hungary

“CEU’s MS in Finance is a great program with devoted staff and professors, who are always willing to help students achieve their best. It is quite business-oriented and always follows the newest trends to ensure students stay competitive in the market. Besides, the MS in Finance is a unique experience.

Reza Mirhossein | MS BA 18 | Data Scientist, Lufthansa Systems, Hungary

"It was quite challenging for me to leave my profession as an aircraft engineer and pursue my goals 3000 km away from my hometown.

Greg Batiz | MA Pol 17 | Data Lead, Asellion, Netherlands

"My years at CEU had a significant impact on my life, growing me both as a person and as a professional. I started this intellectual adventure coming from politics with a business BA.

Andrea Barabás | MS BA 16 | Senior Business Analyst, UBS, Switzerland

"Tailored to meet the requirements of a wide range of industries, this program offers a unique and challenging opportunity to understand data behind business decisions.

László Salló | MS BA 16 | Lead Software Engineer, EPAM, Hungary

"Being an expert of data is without doubt one the most promising career path I can imagine. On the other hand mastering it, might be really challenging, because you need to be extremely up to date in several disciplines.

Ivana Đurović | MA Pol 17 | Reg. Market Manager, Schneider Electric, Hungary

"It’s hard to explain in short how much CEU affects one’s life perspective and opens the eyes about the world of opportunities. The contemporary curriculum and teaching methods allow you to get a grasp of all layers of understanding of economics and how to get the best out of each one.

Dilshod Davronov | MA Pol 17 | Senior Credit Analyst, VTB Capital, Germany

"CEU cares not only about professional, but also about personal development of its students. With its world-class faculty, very helpful staff and broad alumni network the University assists its students to start a successful career.

Vladimir Yankov | MA Econ 05 | Sr. Economist, Federal Reserve Board, USA

"CEU immerses you in a vibrant academic environment that prepares you to become a citizen of the world. The combination of world-class mentors and amazingly smart, compassionate, and inspiring classmates creates a unique atmosphere of shared learning and growth.

Donika Limani | MA Pol 15 | PhD Development Economics, IHEID, Switzerland

"The two years spent at CEU have been fundamental to my academic, professional and personal development. Distinguished faculty were always happy to provide substantial guidance as well as financial support for my ventures in pursuit of academic knowledge and professional advancement.

Vitaly Pruzhansky | MA Econ 00 | Partner, RBB Economics, Belgium

"CEU’s international focus is truly exceptional. You will study in a diverse multinational and multilingual community, among some of the brightest students from the CEE region.

Moussa Moumouni | MS Tech 14 | Head of IT & Cybersecurity, Resolute Mining, Mali

"I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process.

Sopio Baiazde | MS Fin 15 | Treasury Senior Analyst, AIG, Ireland

“In my work back in Georgia I was feeling the need for further business-minded education in finance.

Krisztián Farkas | MS Fin 16 | Dir. of Global Transformation, AGCO, Hungary

“Having spent several years in management consulting and then in the inside strategy organizations of large multinational companies, I wanted to deepen my finance knowledge in certain areas.

Takaomi Yoshimoto | MS Fin 16 | Credit Risk Manager, Morgan Stanley, Japan

"The MS in Finance provides holistic and intensive learning in finance. The classes are always interactive, stimulating and challenging. Students are equipped with skills and knowledge that provide a major competitive edge in today's job market. CEU is also as much about diversity as it is about academic excellence.

Cosmin Ilut | MA Econ 04 | Assistant Professor, Duke University, USA

"The blend of high-level academic preparation and diverse social interactions make CEU a unique institution. The MA in Economics got students with different backgrounds to achieve an excellent knowledge in modern economics, comparable to material covered in top US PhD programs.

Hedvig Horváth | MA Econ 09 | Assistant Professor, UCL, UK

"My professors inspired me to continue my studies and become an academic labor economist.

Petr Grishin | MA Econ 00 | Head of Macro Research, VTB Capital, Russia

"The more distant memory our graduation becomes, the stronger I realise how formative the CEU years had been for what eventually became of me.

Miklós Farkas | PhD Econ 17 | Lecturer in Finance, University of Bristol, UK

"The PhD in Economics fully prepared me for an academic career. Both students and faculty are exceptionally talented and strongly motivated by the inspiring academic envirionment that is unique to the region.

András Kiss | PhD Econ 15 | Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

"The Department runs an excellent and well-funded PhD program. The level of courses is on par with leading European universities, teaching load is limited, and there are many opportunities for research assistantships. The weekly seminar series features invited speakers from the best departments in the world.

Dóra Benedek | PhD Econ 11 | Deputy Division Chief, IMF, USA

“I believe I made the right choice when choosing the CEU doctoral program and the learning experience was very enriching. The faculty and my class were excellent and very cooperative and supportive in all aspects.

Péter Bakos | MA Econ 07 | Head of Int'l Coverage & Origination, Bank Muscat, UAE

“Studying at CEU was an amazing experience. We had the chance to learn from the best economics professors while we were in an exceptionally international environment where long-term friendships were made.

Katarina Lukacsy | PhD Econ 11 | Engineering Manager, Altassian, USA

“CEU was a great experience for me both professionally and personally. I received quality education that is highly valued around the world, but I also gained general skills that allowed me to place myself easily in the industry.

Jaroslaw Neneman | MA Econ 92 | Assistant Professor, Lazarski U, Poland

“I had a pleasure of being one of the first students to attend CEU, which was located in Prague at that time. In early 90s, the chance of going to study abroad was particularly rare, hence the opportunity was very exciting from the start.

Roman Horvath | MA Econ 2004 | Professor, Charles University, Czechia

“It is not an exaggeration to say that CEU changed my life. Being exposed to great professors, not only from the Department, helped me deepen my knowledge and understanding of economic and social phenomena.

Ekaterina Serikova | MA Econ Pol 2012 | Financial Projects Manager, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Russia

“CEU demanded a lot of self-learning, which helps me to this day in developing myself, paying attention to issues outside my immediate work, and trying to improve my actual work results. I learnt how to think big, because my program required broad thinking about the many trade-offs in the economy, and new approaches in public finance and trade.

Nurgul Tilenbaeva | MA Econ Pol 2012 | Trade & Development Policy Consultant, UNCTAD, Switzerland

“CEU gave me the essential skills to understand, evaluate and make recommendations on economic challenges that countries throughout the world are facing.

Victor Todorov | MA Econ, 2002 | Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA

“I very much enjoyed my time at CEU. The quality of the program is very high. Courses are taught at a very high level in a rigorous way. There is also an excellent academic environment which stimulated my desire to continue further with a PhD in Economics.”

Daniel Bunn | MA Econ Pol, 2012 | Legislative Correspondent for Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina, Washington DC, USA

“CEU provided me with the opportunity to learn how to communicate and work with policymakers. The importance of argument formulation and brevity was taught well, and I have benefited greatly from being able to put both my analysis and recommendations all in a few bullet points.