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Central European Institute

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Overview

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.

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Moreno waves from atop a rock on Sleeping Giant.

Bringing the world to Quinnipiac

The Central European Institute brings students, faculty and scholars to our campuses each year. Here, Laura Moreno ’17, MBA ’18, enjoys a view of the Mount Carmel Campus from atop Sleeping Giant State Park.

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Central European Institute builds a bridge between students and companies

The university’s Central European Institute for hands-on learning, networking and international working experience is the ideal place for students wishing to develop a better understanding of the nations of Central Europe.

The institute, based on the university’s York Hill Campus, builds bridges between the United States and Europe by fostering relationships in academics, business and culture. The institute accomplishes this through country-specific endowed professor chairs who develop programs with their respective nations.

Laura Moreno ’17, MBA ’18 (pictured above), was accepted into the Central European Institute’s Student Consulting Team after spending a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain. Moreno developed her work experience through the Central European Institute’s Student Consulting Team, which helps companies enter the U.S. market. 

News

International learning

Two Quinnipiac students recently completed a competitive international program at the MNB Summer School of Economics in Hungary, hosted by the Central Bank of Hungary, and Corvinus University of Budapest, an official partner of Quinnipiac.

Londyn Zografakis ’20, an economics major, and Alex Robiner ’18, a graduate of the economics program, focused on “Central and Eastern Europe in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Finance and Geopolitics.” Our Central European Institute sponsored Zografakis and Robiner.

The program is designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students from around the world an in-depth understanding into finance and geopolitics. It is comprised of 17 lectures, a half-dozen case studies, 2 simulation games, 3 cultural trips, 3 company visits, 3 networking opportunities and 2 weeks in Budapest.

Central European Institute's Chris Ball speaks with special guests from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

Building partnerships

Londyn Zografakis ’20, and Alex Robiner ’18, got to experience finance and geopolitical course work will visiting Hungary this summer.

Samantha Paradee ’18, MS ’19, worked as an assistant teacher at a camp in central Poland.

Theory and Practice

Samantha Paradee ’18, MS ’19, worked as an assistant teacher at a camp in central Poland.

World-sized Classroom

Two members of Bobcat Nation participated in this year’s Teaching English in Poland program through the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Samantha Paradee ’18, MS ’19, photographed here, is currently working as an assistant teacher at a camp in central Poland. 

“This program is incredibly beneficial to my future career as I am interested in teaching English around the world,” she said. “The program allows me to get started on that dream before I am even finished with college.”

Quinnipiac faculty member Katarzyna Kowalczyk, who teaches modern languages, literatures and cultures at Quinnipiac, recently taught a two-week camp for 7- to 18-year-olds on the English language and American culture in the central Polish city of Minsk Mazowiecki.

Past Student Experience

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“The [Hungarian American Business Leaders] program gave me more than I could’ve ever asked for. I was able to improve my business and financial knowledge by earning an MBA at Quinnipiac University, while at the same time, I had the opportunity to differentiate myself from my peers by getting work experience from a Fortune 500 company.”
Ildikó DOMBI (2014)

“The two and a half years that I spent in the U.S. — thanks to the scholarship program — shaped my character, inevitably made me much more independent and self-confident, and contributed to my personal and professional growth.”
Blanka BALÁZS (2010)
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“What makes this program so unique is that it provides you with endless opportunities. Everybody can find his/her path, and then you can have it all hands-on.”
Bence ERDÉLYI (2014)

Student Exchange Program

The Central European Institute offers opportunities each year for two undergraduate students at Quinnipiac to spend a semester at Kozminski University (KU) in Warsaw, Poland. The opportunities include airfare and a monthly living allowance. Since Spring 2017, three undergraduate business students have been selected to take part in the Erasmus+ Student Exchange Program at KU. Alexander Bernstein and Christopher Lutz spent a semester at KU during Spring 2017. Andrew Lazarev is studying at KU during Spring 2018.

In 2017, two students from KU came to Quinnipiac to study. Adrian Sabala studied entrepreneurship and management in Spring 2017. Michal Leszko arrived on campus in Fall 2017 to enroll in the School of Business.    

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World-sized classroom

Alexander Bernstein and Christopher Lutz, shown at left wearing blue jackets, were selected to take part in the Erasmus+ Student Exchange Program in Spring 2017.

Support the CEI

Building for the future

Donations enable the Central European Institute to advance its mission of building international bridges between the people of the United States and Central Europe. These opportunities for engagement are enriched with bold programs and activities in education, business and culture.

Central European Institute's Chris Ball speaks with special guests from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

Building partnerships

Central European Institute's Christopher Ball speaks with special guests from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City for a business partnership roundtable discussion, Saturday, February 3, 2018.

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Portrait of Peter Novak, Central European Institute board member.

Peter Novak, a Quinnipiac University trustee and a member of the Central European Institute board, is general agent of Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Company. Headquartered in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Charter Oak is a local agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and has offices across Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Novak also is on the board of trustees of the Kosciuszko Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history.

Novak is passionate about building programs that help future generations of young Poles and deepen the connection of U.S. and Poland. He has taken an active role in all aspects of developing CEI programs, including organizing several trips to Poland to build the relationships necessary to ensure the success of our programs.

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CEI Scholars 2018

CEI Scholars 2018

2018 Central European Scholars

Portrait of Aleksandra Wojcik, exchange student from Poland.

Milena Sadurska
(2020, Poland)
Milena Sadurska has a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She also studied economics at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Before coming to the U.S., she gained her work experience at MoneyGram and Philip Morris International. During her stay in the U.S., she will complete an MBA degree within one year, and during the final year, she will complete a practical training in the accounting / finance field.

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Bence Hausel
(2020, Hungary)
Bence Hausel has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from University of Szeged, Hungary, and a master’s degree in international economy and business from Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He also studied business economics during his master’s program at University College London, United Kingdom, and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Before coming to the U.S., he gained his work experience in finance at Wizz Air in Budapest, Hungary, and MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During his stay in the U.S., he will complete an MBA in finance within one year, and during the final year, he will complete a practical training in the aviation industry. 

Portrait of Aleksandra Wojcik, exchange student from Poland.

Marcell Molnar
(2020, Hungary)
Marcell Molnar has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Corvinus University of Budapest. He studied international relations at Mathias Corvinus Collegium, where he took part in the Leadership Program. Before coming to the U.S., he gained his work experience at Nexperia and the United Nations Youth Association of Hungary. During his stay, he will complete an MBA with a specialization in supply chain management within one year, and during the last year, he will complete a practical training in supply chain management.

Portrait of Aleksandra Wojcik, exchange student from Poland.

Wiktor Bednarek
(2020, Hungary)
Wiktor Bednarek has a bachelor’s degree in engineering in telecommunications from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland. He holds two master of science degrees — one in computer science from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and another in software engineering for technical computing from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. He has gained his work and scientific experience at Files Per Hour in Hamburg, Germany. During his stay, he will complete an MBA with a specialization in finance within one year, and during the final year, he will complete a practical training in IT/finance.

Current Scholars

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Years

Nationality

Internship/Occupation in U.S.

Marton Kovacs    

(2017–20)

Hungarian    

Ashcroft, Inc.    

Aleksandra Wojcik    

(2017–19)    

Polish    

Kongsberg Automotive Fluid Transfer Systems

Csilla Abran    

(2016–19)

Hungarian    

Henkel Corp., Kyle Hamilton Consulting, Vanessa Research, Inc., Otis Elevator Company – United Technologies 

Katarzyna Bogumil    

(2016–19)    

Polish    

Quinnipiac University Poll

Laszlo Dinca    

(2016–19)

Hungarian    

Vanessa Research, Inc.    

Katarzyna Tworowska    

(2016–19)    

Polish    

ConMed Corp., Legg Mason & Co., LLC, Forevermark US, Inc.

Attila Deli    

(2015–18)

Hungarian    

City Line Distributors

Marcin Ambrozej

(2015–18)

Polish

Olympic Steel Corp., United Technologies    

Katarzyna Michalska    

(2015–18)    

Polish

Stratis Group, Travelers Insurance, UnitedHealth Services, Inc.    

Past Alumni

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Years

Nationality

Internship/Occupation in U.S.

Ferenc Fazekas 

(2018) 

Hungary

Vanessa Research, Inc.    

Málna Pólya 

(2017) 

Hungary

ASE Ameriseal, Lynx Analytics, Vanessa Research, Inc.    

Márton Kis-Dörnyei 

(2017)    

Hungary

Travelers Insurance & Young America Capital    

Attila Erdély    

(2015)

Hungary

Shred It, Henkel Corp., and United Illuminating/Avangrid Inc. 

Márta Lörincz 

(2015)

Hungary

Birinyi Associates & Henkel Corp. 

Katalin Németh      

(2015)

Hungary

LinkVehicle, Touchstone Research, Upcycle and United Technologies 

Dániel Tubik 

(2015)

Hungary

Fossil Free Indexes & Henkel Corp. 

Ildikó Dombi      

(2014)

Hungary

Travelers Insurance 

Bence Erdélyi      

(2014)

Hungary

United Illuminating, InterMerchant Services and Walmart    

Éva Bartalos 

(2013)

Hungary

Charter Oak Communities, Rippowam Corp. and Henkel Corp.     

András Herczeg 

(2013)

Hungary

Davidson Company Inc. and United Illuminating   

Alexandra Zita Pleier 

(2013)

Hungary

IHS Herold, Inc. and United Technologies    

Dániel Erdélyi      

(2011)

Hungary

Birinyi Associates    

Blanka Balázs      

(2011)

Hungary

United Technologies  

Special thanks to The Hungary Initiatives Foundation for its continued support of the activities of the István Széchenyi Chair and our Hungarian scholars.
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