Faculty profile - central

SUN faculty teams are composed of CEU professors as well as other leading scholars and experts from universities and research or professional institutions all over the world. The diversity of the student body is matched by the geographical, institutional and disciplinary variety represented in the course faculty. 

In any one course participants are able to work with a mixture of Eastern and Western academics and practitioners from 5-6 different countries, affiliated with CEU and other educational or professional institutions, often coming from different discipline areas. Most of our courses are designed to encourage a cross-disciplinary and cross-national inquiry into currently relevant issues such as ethnic relations, migration, nationalism and transnationalism, globalisation, human rights, urban development, poverty reduction, religion and identity, gender, etc.

The interdisciplinary nature of the courses is both a challenge and, at the same time, one of the most rewarding aspects of participating in the program for the faculty and the participants alike, as illustrated by some of these comments:

"All faculty were present throughout all meetings, engaging seriously and enthusiastically in discussions, during and after classes, coming forward with new ideas, sharing personal insights into their very own agendas of thought and experience. The very divergent profiles of the faculty, both with regard to their academic disciplines and area of specialization, increased the span of thematic areas covered and generated a productive sense of the complexity of the issue."

(Aziz Al-Azmeh, Reconsidering Islamic Reformism - Comparative and Historical Perspectives)

"Our other highlight was the diversity of faculty in disciplinary terms, regional focus and experience. A faculty consisting of early to mid career academics with good international credentials also proved an attraction for the students; facilitated communication both formally and informally."

(Judit Bodnar, Transnational Flows, Structures, Agents and the Idea of Development)

A broad range of teaching methods are used to enliven the courses such as intensive reading seminars, panel and group discussions, individual and group projects, presentations, field trips, etc. During the course while faculty members present their topics through lectures, seminars, etc., they also facilitate work on the development of participants' research and/or policy agendas through individual tutorials, office hours. As in most summer schools, the classroom interaction is supplemented by extracurricular academic and social events such as film-screenings, public lectures, and informal social gatherings (boat trip on the Danube, outings, welcome and farewell receptions, etc.)

Quotes from participants

"The strengths of the course were the diversity of lecturers and multiple approaches to the topic"

(Strategic Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity course participant 2005)

"It was most inspiring to have expert lectures from so many different scientific areas and countries talk about their specific fields of research. It added to the unique experience to have a large number of "summer-students" from all over the world amongst the participants and to have participants from transitional and developing countries so well-represented."

(Strategic Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity course participant 2005)

Professors have come to teach courses from 62 different countries so far. 6% of faculty were from the region, 36% from new EU member states countries, 56% from Western Europe, America, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan, 2% from non-regional emerging democracies. Institutions SUN faculty came from include:

- universities

e.g. Columbia University, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, University of California, University of South Carolina, Yale University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Charles University Prague, Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences Budapest, Moscow State University, University of Ljubljana, University of Bucharest, Warsaw University, Catholic University of Leuven, London School of Economics, University of London, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Reading, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, Sabanci University, University of Toronto,etc.

- research institutes
research institutes, e.g. Max Planck Institute, various institutes of the Academy of Sciences in the region, Institut Jean Nicod, (EHESS/ ENS/ CNRS), Independent Research Institute for Industrial Relations in Europe, Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning in Germany, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in the Netherlands, etc.

- international organizations and NGOs
international organizations and NGOs, e.g. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, World Food Program, The World Bank Institute, USAID, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Conflict Management International, Tiri - A Pro-Integrity Policy Network, European Cultural Foundation, Open Society Institute (OSI), etc.