The Central European Institute hosts representatives from universities and businesses from Bialystok, Poland, to expand their knowledge of US business practices and business in Connecticut. October 8, 2013.,The Central European Institute at Quinnipiac Univeristy hosts a discussion on trade and business interests with Polish visitors October 8, 2013.,The Central European Institute hosts representatives from universities and businesses from Bialystok, Poland, to expand their knowledge of US business practices and business in Connecticut. October 8, 2013.,The Central European Institute at Quinnipiac Univeristy hosts a discussion on trade and business interests with Polish visitors October 8, 2013.

Central European Institute

The Central European Institute (CEI) builds bridges between the United States and the nations of Central Europe by fostering relationships in three main areas — academics, business and culture.

WHAT WE DO

Academics


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.

Business


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.

Culture


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.

Donor

International Leadership

Peter Novak is a Central European Institute board member and general agent of Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services.

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.

Making Connections

Marton B. Kovacs (2020, Hungary) , Aleksandra Wojcik (2019, Poland) and Adrian Sabala (2019, Poland) on campus at Quinnipiac, September, 2017

2018 Central European Scholars

Aleksandra Wojcik 
(2019, Poland) 

Aleksandra Wojcik has a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in logistic and supply chain management from University of Economics in Krakow, Poland. Before coming to the U.S., she gained her work experience at Rolls Royce and Valeo Thermal Systems. During her stay in the U.S., she will complete an MBA degree within one year, and during the final year, she will complete a practical training in the purchasing field.

Adrian Sabala 
(2019, Poland)
Adrian Sabala has a bachelor's degree in management with specialization in entrepreneurship and a master's degree in management with specialization in management in virtual environments from Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland. He gained his work experience at GroupM, where worked as a junior social media specialist and Chillbeans.pl company, which he co-founded. During his stay in the U.S., he will complete an MBA degree within one year and during the final year, he will complete a practical training in the e-commerce, digital marketing, or innovations in marketing field.

Marton B. Kovacs 
(2020, Hungary)   

Marton Kovacs has a bachelor's degree in international business from Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. He also studied international relations at Mathias Corvinus Collegium, where he took part in the Leadership Program. Before coming to the U.S., he gained his work experience at TATA Consultancy Services Hungary and K&H Group. During his stay in the U.S., he will complete an MBA degree within two years, and during his final two years, he will complete a practical training in health care and in finance / strategy.

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