Alumni Profiles & Careers

Our graduates are equipped with strong analytical and quantitative skills, enabling them to pursue successful careers. Our alumni have obtained, and advanced to, top positions in commercial and investment banks, consulting and advisory firms, corporates, government, central banks as well as supranationals.

Our MA in Economics graduates are well-prepared to undertake doctoral studies in economics and finance. Year after year, they enter PhDs at some of the world's top universities including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, the LSE and Duke. Many of our alumni have since accepted prestigious academic and non-academic positions.

Our PhD in Economics graduates have obtained high-level research positions at universities, banks, central banks and government.

Our students have been hired by employers such as: Accenture • Bank of China • BCG • BlackRock • Citi • EPAM • Ericsson • GE • Goldman Sachs • KPMG • IBM • McKinsey • Moody’s • MSCI • MOL Group • Morgan Stanley • Nokia • Procter & Gamble • PwC • Tata • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development • European Central Bank • European Commission • International Monetary Fund • United Nations Development Fund • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees • World Bank. 

Alumni Profiles

"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. Courses include simulations and guest speaker sessions offering valuable insights. Working with such professionally and internationally diverse classmates has boosted my thinking process from various perspectives. CEU has extensive resources, ample databases, and visionary guidance and career services."

"It was quite challenging for me to leave my profession as an aircraft engineer and pursue my goals 3000 km away from my hometown. I always had this vision of combining my technical engineering knowledge with a more general skill, such as business analytics, to create an appealing skillset within the industry and prepare myself for our more and more data-driven world. Thankfully, CEU was the right place for this. The MS Business Analytics is a well-designed degree with a combination of soft and hard skills, which offers the opportunity to address real-world industry challenges. The Department’s international community and business professionals from industry assist you with following your passion and finding your career path."

"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. At CEU, thanks to its openness and flexibility, I discovered the different areas of analytics and data science and successfully shifted my focus to become the professional I am today. CEU equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to successfully compete on the job market, and to always keep pushing myself further. CEU is also a great place to meet unique and great people, making inspiring and valuable friends for life. Cannot recommend it enough."

"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. It provides a great snapshot of how big data transforms the way business is conducted today and demonstrates the latest concepts and state-of-the art tools to get into the forefront of the big data-based data analytics. The courses strongly encourage collaborative work. The program also offers a chance to learn from and interact with distinguished researchers and business professionals from all over the globe."

"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. This is where CEU excels, we got a carefully selected mix of materials, amazingly prepared instructors and inspiring colleagues to acquire the data driven mindset of the future.” 

"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. It is then solely up to you to choose which direction you want your career to grow in: governmental, the real sector or academia. CEU makes sure of one thing - that you are prepared for all of these options and that whichever choice you make, you will be aware of your fellow colleagues’ work. I chose the fourth option: to move on to the corporate world but still contribute to scientific research and bridge the two worlds that should be ever so interdependent."
"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. And, of course, being a member of truly international and diverse, but united community guarantees an amazing social life." 

"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. The rigorous program and the support of my classmates and mentors inspired me to pursue a PhD in Economics. Years after graduating, the most valuable gift that CEU offers is the expanding network of alumni friends with whom you really feel like close family."

"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. I also built many strong intellectual bonds and friendships with professors and peers, which have lasted way beyond the completion of the program and up to this day."

"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. The fact that our company holds regular recruiting events at CEU is a testimony to the high quality of its programs."

"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. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at CEU for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in Budapest."

“In my work back in Georgia I was feeling the need for further business-minded education in finance. The MS in Finance offered a lot of flexibility, excellent reputation and great value. This American program in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities offers an international environment that is excellent for building professional networks. The curriculum is built to suit students with very diverse professional backgrounds.”

“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. When selecting CEU it was important to me that I could work and study at the same time. The School follows a pragmatic, Anglo-Saxon approach when it comes to teaching. Real-life case studies, presentations from experienced business owners and managers, as well as CEU’s highly reputed professors all focus on transferring practical knowledge to develop future leaders."

"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. Students are from all over the world with very diverse professional backgrounds. In such a unique environment, the CEU experience becomes nothing short of amazing and a life-long relationship."

"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. Students work together, establish friendships and embark on life-changing career paths."

"My professors inspired me to continue my studies and become an academic labor economist. The program's challenging nature helped me to easily get through the first years of my PhD at UC Berkeley, while CEU’s friendly environment is reflected by the numerous “mini-reunions” we have held with fellow students at different parts of the world. CEU and the Department are treasures – the responsibility to live up to the opportunity they opened up for me still motivates me every day at work."

"The more distant memory our graduation 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; (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 (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 to the Founder, faculty, and friends!"

 

“The professors at CEU gave me the education I will always be grateful for. They not only taught me the challenging and well-structured courses, but the foundations of rigorous empirical research, and how to evaluate research in economics critically. They encouraged and supported me to continue to the best PhD program in Canada, and to always be ambitious in my research. The solid foundations they showed and taught made the hard transition from coursework to independent research much easier for me. They were, and still are, role models to me; as excellent teachers, as impeccable researchers, and as extremely nice humans.”

 

"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. CEU provides generous funding for attending international conferences, summer schools and visiting other universities. The Department also offers invaluable guidance to navigate the academic job market by simulating each and every stage of the recruitment process. This guarantees that students who wish to pursue an academic career have all the means necessary, similarly to students graduating from other top institutions in Europe and worldwide."

"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. The faculty is accessible, supportive, and its strong focus on research provides an inspiring environment for PhD students. Peers are great, and so is Budapest as a city. I can't think of another place in Europe where I'd rather spent my graduate years."

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. The University also provided a lot of support throughout my studies, both regarding finances and the overall educational environment, including the library and the class selection. My studies provided me with the necessary background for my current work that involves technical advice to country authorities on tax policy issues, fiscal analytical work, policy impact analysis and empirical research. The skills acquired at the CEU allow me to be efficient in all these areas. The PhD program gave a good background in both macro and microeconomics and empirical analytical tools and I make use of this knowledge and skills every day of my work. “

“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. I met people from many different countries who became my good friends and with whom I have stayed in touch ever after. CEU is not just a university to me, it is a place where I grew and matured into a self-confident adult well-prepared for life."

“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. It was a hard and challenging program, but I am sure that I would not be in my current position without having had the opportunity to study at CEU. Thank you!

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. Students from all over Europe and highly qualified international faculty created a truly global learning experience - something very unique in this part of Europe at this time. The content of the course was also dramatically superior to what I had experienced studying in Poland. After Prague I continued my academic career, and was later appointed Deputy Minister of Finance responsible for taxation.

“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. Thanks to the excellent training I received, CEU helped me to build my career, first in the central bank and now at the university. I hope that I will be able to pass on at least the part of CEU spirit to my students. Thank you CEU, I will never forget “

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. This is very important in the global business environment, where a true leader should not only do a job well, but also see the big picture always find new ways and opportunities.

CEU gave me the essential skills to understand, evaluate and make recommendations on economic challenges that countries throughout the world are facing. Looking back, the experience has been a true transformation for me, from an uninformed citizen susceptible to populist claims and manipulation by politicians to an informed and unbiased economist capable of making objective conclusions. This was thanks to the outstanding professors who guided us through this journey. Our class was also not only the most extraordinary collection of brilliant students I have ever been in, but a miniature model of the world where students acted like ambassadors of their country's ideas, approaches and experiences. It was invaluable to learn how some policies or ideas that once had seemed unarguably true now became grounds for controversy and constructive dispute.”

“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.”

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. I also appreciated the exposure to the academic literature. The importance of having significant research (and not just political considerations) to back up a recommendation is often ignored in many senate offices, and I have worked hard to include it in my own work. The ability to read, understand, contextualize and summarize an economic research paper is something I am very thankful to have learned at CEU.”