On August 5, 2012, CEU alumni, friends and recently admitted students got together for a day of picnicking, sunbathing, chatting, playing frisbee and volleyball, and simply having a great time together in Moscow's Gorky Park. The event gathered 21 people, among whom were alumni, friends and even a new CEU student, due to start her program in Budapest in September 2012. The event served as a way for new and existing members of the Russian alumni chapter to connect with each other over their shared experience of CEU and Budapest, while doing something positive together.
Members of CEU Alumni and Friends in Serbia met with newly-accepted CEU students for a pre-departure orientation meeting in Belgrade on Thursday, August 9. Students met with alumni at the Belgrade Open School for a briefing on what to expect at CEU and in Budapest, where they are expected to arrive later this month.
Pre-departure orientations offer a fantastic opportunity for alumni to share their experiences with incoming students, as well as a chance for new students to meet and make connections with each other before leaving for CEU.
CEU alumni in Astana, Kazakhstan met with newly-accepted students of CEU and St. Istvan University for a pre-departure meeting on August 9.
A representative of the local Hungarian embassy was there to answer students’ questions about Hungary’s culture and people, and alumni presented students with a booklet of useful Hungarian phrases to learn before arriving in Budapest. Among the new students in attendance was Aizhan Smagulova, a Moscow State University alumna who has received a full scholarship to attend CEU’s Economics Department.