Chris Ball leads students in Hungary

Building International Bridges

The Central European Institute (CEI) builds bridges between the United States and the nations of Central Europe by fostering relationships in three main areas – academics, business and culture.


The institute is an umbrella organization under which country-specific endowed chairs are established to develop relations between the United States and their respective countries. The endowed chairs oversee academic initiatives and student learning. Learn more about endowed faculty chairs.

In addition, the institute coordinates several other academic programs:

  • Central European-American Business Leaders Scholarship - allows outstanding international business students to come to the U.S. to earn a MBA at Quinnipiac and work experience.
  • MBA Executive Study in Hungary - Quinnipiac students go to Hungary for two weeks every summer to meet with business executives across a range of industries and to learn more about the unique challenges and opportunities of doing business in Hungary.
  • MBA visit for Corvinus University - students from Corvinus University in Hungary come to Connecticut for a week every spring to visit Quinnipiac's three campuses and meet with leaders at major international corporations throughout the state.
  • Foreign lecture series - brings international scholars, business leaders and politicians to speak at Quinnipiac University, meet with students and hold lectures for the public.
  • Student and faculty projects, exchanges and internships on an ad hoc basis


The CEI's business activities primarily focus on business networking events and student consulting projects. Our main business networking event is our annual Zebegény Executive Networking Retreat and Quinnipiac Alumni Event held in Zebegény, Hungary. Since 2008, the event has been held the second Friday of every June and attracts executives from the top global and local companies, and political leaders.

The institute also houses the Central and Eastern European Network (CEENET), which is a private association of Connecticut professionals interested in fostering stronger ties between Connecticut and Central and Eastern Europe, primarily through international business. Learn more about CEENET.

Foreign lectures with a business focus also support the CEI's business networking efforts.

Finally, the CEI supports student consulting projects for companies from or interested in trade with Central Europe.


The CEI's cultural programs include:

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report (PDF)
2013 Annual Report (PDF)
2012 Annual Report (PDF)

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