Budapest, February 19, 2013 – Researchers have produced a mathematical model to describe how conflicting opinions are resolved over articles that appear on Wikipedia, the collaboratively edited encyclopedia. The study maps the evolution of opinion over time so that even widely diverging opinions may eventually converge. The researchers say this pattern emerges from the interaction of the editors resulting in collective human behavior reminiscent to interaction of particles in physics.
Budapest, November 28, 2012 – Central European University (CEU) is initiating a campus redevelopment project as part of a new five-year strategic plan to strengthen the University. The plan calls for broadening CEU’s humanities fields, reinforcing the social sciences, building a school of public policy, revitalizing CEU Business School and integrating it into the University, and redeveloping the campus.
Budapest, November 21, 2012—The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation—was released today, five days before the Climate Change Conference of the Parties opens in Doha. Co-authored by CEU Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz, it shows that greenhouse-gas emission levels are approximately 14% above where they need to be in 2020, according to previous assessment reports.
Budapest, September 27, 2012—Associate Professor Miklos Koren and Professor Botond Koszegi of the CEU Department of Economics have been awarded the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Koren received €1.314 million for research on “Measuring Knowledge Flows from Developed Countries to Central and Eastern Europe.” Professor Koszegi received €1.275 million for research on “Behavioral Theory and Economic Applications.” Koren and Koszegi are the only recipients of the ERC Starting Grants from Hungary this year.
Yehuda Elkana, the third President and Rector of Central European University (1999-2009), died in Jerusalem on September 21, 2012, after a battle with cancer bravely borne. He was 78. Elkana was an Auschwitz survivor who became an international scholar and public intellectual with a deep commitment to open society.
Educational barriers for Romani youth remain a crucial challenge for European human rights. In the new release from CEU Press and the Roma Education Fund (REF) “Ten Years After: A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe,” edited by Iulius Rostas, contributors make a thorough assessment of the public policy initiatives undertaken in the past decade. The book focuses on past initiatives and present challenges but also has broader importance: to frame Romani institutional discrimination as a key policy debate for European and global human rights.