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Center for Cognitive Computation

The mission of CCC is to promote interdisciplinary research that investigates computational and biological bases of human and animal cognition with the tools of formal sciences. The center is dedicated to explore, develop, apply and disseminate methods, concepts and frameworks that utilize the apparatus of mathematics, statistics, theoretical computer science, systems theory and decision theory in order to understand and build models of higher cognitive functions of the brain. 

Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS), heir to the Center for Hellenic Traditions (2004/5–2009/10), promotes the study of the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterlands from antiquity, especially the Hellenistic oikoumene (323–30 BCE), to the end of the Ottoman period (1923 CE).

Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine

The Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) was established in 2005 based on the recognition of a new and increasingly developing interdisciplinary field: the ethical, legal and social implications of biotechnology. 

Center for European Neighborhood Studies

The Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) was founded in 2005 as an institution of advanced research into the EU enlargement process. Our overall goal is to promote a dialogue between member states and partners in eastern and southern Europe, academics and decision makers in the EU and in national governments so that they may have a more informed understanding of factors that influence Europe’s common future.

Center for European Union Research

The Center for European Union Research (CEUR) is a platform for collaborative research, dissemination and international networking in the field of European Union studies. CEUR is open to all CEU faculty and emphasises an interdisciplinary approach. 

Center for Integrity in Business and Government

Established in 2011 thanks to a Siemens AG 3 USD Million Integrity Initiative grant the Center for Integrity in Business and Government (CIBG) at Central European University has its main mission to help organizations incorporate integrity in their strategies through innovative perspectives in research, education, training and consulting.

Center for Religious Studies

The Center for Religious Studies (CRS) is a cross-departmental unit whose mission to initiate and to coordinate research, academic events, and publications that address religion-related questions in critical ways. CRS collaborates its teaching activities with ten partner departments and academic units at CEU.

CEU Democracy Institute

The CEU Democracy Institute, based in Budapest, strives to enable the renewal and strengthening of democratic and open societies through world-class research, collaboration across academic and professional disciplines, teaching and the free exchange of ideas, and public engagement on a local, regional, and global scale.

Cognitive Development Center

The Cognitive Development Center (CDC) was established in September 2008 for studying the cognitive development of babies and children. The research of the center addresses questions related to the ontogenesis of human cognitive capacities, especially action interpretation, mental attribution, social cognition, reasoning, communication, and basic cultural learning mechanisms.

Initiative for Regulatory Innovation

The Initiative for Regulatory Innovation is a research center that aims to assess the current state of economic regulation in the region as well as to explore directions for continuous improvement. Bringing together business leaders of regulated enterprises, reform-oriented officials, and academics distinguished by their deep understanding of a policy and political context of their respective countries, IRI aims is to be a unique transnational research network that significantly strengthens a link between CEU and leading business and public organizations.

Institute for Advanced Study

Promoting the free and independent pursuit of scholarly research in the context of an interdisciplinary intellectual community is the main mission of Institute for Advanced Study CEU (IAS CEU).

Language Comprehension Lab

The Language Comprehension Lab (LCL), led by Eva Wittenberg works on language and event cognition and the cognitive science of linguistic variation.


Founded by Central European University, American University of Central Asia, and Bard College, GeoHub is an open platform project developing the capacity of OSUN members for using the latest geospatial methods and technologies in their core research and teaching disciplines. GeoHub offers students and researchers online and onsite geospatial courses, training workshops, internships, and professional certificate programs, focusing on practical, real-world challenges and potential solutions in academic research and public service.

Pasts Inc., Center for Historical Studies

Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies was established in 2002 as a core of a transnational, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of scholars. Its mission has been to bridge teaching and research and as such, to contribute to the training and career development of emerging scholars, in connection with specific research projects. As an interface between the university and the external research environment, Pasts, Inc., fills an important function as a vehicle for the academic socialization of PhD students and recent graduates.

Social Mind Center

The aim of the Social Mind Center is to promote interdisciplinary research that investigates the link between sociality and cognition. The research activities at the center aim at a new understanding of how the human mind enables and constrains social life including coordination and the transmission of ideas and practices, and how human minds are shaped by cultural practices. The interdisciplinary research at the center will integrate cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and robotics approaches to cognition with social sciences approaches and philosophical approaches that target the interplay between biological and cultural determinants of the human mind.

Systems Laboratory

The Systems Laboratory aims at enabling use of latest Information and Communication Technologies in the areas of CEU core expertise. Special attention is paid to modeling of environmental and social systems and promoting use of geospatial technologies. Syslab develops and runs the graduate courses and workshops on use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing tailored for the needs of various CEU departments and units.

The Shattuck Center for Human Rights

The Shattuck Center for Human Rights is named for John Shattuck, Rector and President of CEU from 2009 to 2016. Throughout his career in diplomacy and as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, he played a vital role in the Dayton peace process that ended the war in Bosnia and in helping Rwanda recover from its genocide.

Previously under the name Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, in light of recent shifts towards populism and authoritarianism and the attacks on democratic institutions and rule of law the world over—including in Europe—, the Shattuck Center has been reoriented as of Academic Year 2022-23. Directed by Martin Kahanec, the Shattuck Center establishes an interdisciplinary hub for practical engagement on issues related to social justice in global governance and civic administration and a cutting-edge laboratory for joint research, curriculum development, and teacher training in these areas.

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU) is a complex archival institution. OSA is both a  repository  of important collections, primarily related to the history of the Cold War and grave international human rights violations, and a  laboratory  of archival experiments on new ways of assessing, contextualizing, presenting, and making use of archival documents.

Visual Studies Platform

Visual Studies Platform (VSP) is a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to explore and propose innovative approaches to research and teaching visual imagery in the digital century. It encompasses research on visual theory, method and history across different media forms, including visual arts, film, photography and performance.