WHAT WE DO
The institute is an umbrella organization under which country-specific, endowed chairs are established to develop relations between the United States and their respective countries. The endowed chairs oversee academic initiatives and student learning. In addition, the center organizes study abroad programs, exchange programs, scholarship and a foreign lecture series.
The CEI’s business activities focus primarily on business networking events and student consulting projects. Our main business networking events include the annual Zebegény Executive Networking Retreat and Quinnipiac Alumni Event held in Zebegény, Hungary, and our annual Mielżyński Executive Networking and Alumni Event held in Warsaw, Poland. Both events attract executives from the top global and local companies, and political leaders.
Two of the CEI's main cultural programs include the Art as Ambassador project and the Artist in Residency program. The institute also helps to coordinate efforts for and meetings with Central European-American community members in Connecticut, and the Honorary Hungarian Consulate for Connecticut.
Central European-American Business Leaders Scholarship
This unique scholarship enables students from Central Europe to come to the U.S. to gain practical work experience and earn a master of business administration (MBA) degree on Quinnipiac’s beautiful Connecticut campus. Nestled in the heart of New England, two hours from Boston and 90 minutes from New York City, Quinnipiac offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge in American business. The institute currently recruits Hungarian and Polish students, and will continue to expand into surrounding countries.
Endowed Faculty Chairs
Endowed Faculty Chairs for Central Europe
The Central European Institute (CEI), housed in the School of Business, is an umbrella organization under which country-specific endowed chairs are established to develop relations and programs in culture, academia and business between the United States and the nations of Central Europe.
The István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics was established in 2008 to oversee relations with Hungary.
The Novak Family Polish Chair was established in 2014 to oversee relations with Poland.
Pete 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
Pete 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.