launched its program in Hungary in 1992. The first few years were uniquely characterized
by the teaching and outreach activities of Visiting Lecturers. Most of them came from
North America or Britain and taught courses which were considered rare, or even never
heard of before, e.g. American Constitution, Theories of Democracy, Comparative Electoral
Systems, Co-operative Learning, Corporate Finance. By introducing student-centered,
interactive methodologies in the classroom and by setting a very high professional
standard in their departments, they made major contributions to their host departments.
Parallel to their teaching, CEP Hungary Fellows also made a difference through their
various outreach activities, such as organizing a Regional Workshop on Business Ethics in
1993, a Regional Roundtable on Gender in 1994, a series of Regional Workshops on Teaching
and Learning 1997-1999, editing a textbook on Nationalism in 1993, etc.
As a result, CEP Hungary has built a solid reputation as part of an extended international
network of academics and institutions, and is often solicited to participate in local and
regional partnerships (list of partner organizations
In the past few years, CEP Hungary has moved away from the Visiting Lecturer Program and
has launched, as most of the CEP country programs have, a Local Faculty Fellow Program through which talented
and committed young academics are supported and involved in CEPs network. These
fellows are not only outstanding university teachers, but are also active in
extracurricular activities, community service and various other projects.
From this educational foundation, CEP Hungary has been able to launch several new civic
initiatives focussing on the area of multiculturalism, minority issues, community building
and community service, as well as academic network building. CEP Hungary is moving away
from being a merely higher educational support program towards a more complex one which
takes into consideration the fact that universities are integral parts of the community
and the society where they operate and therefore hold a responsibility in training open
minded, critically thinking citizens.