The recently concluded study weekend was a very special one in many ways. Really fast paced, a full program with, presentations, a final exam and the usual classes. Any breaks are utilized for socializing, networking and celebrations.
On the study side, interestingly, we finished all planned session for accounting and microeconomics courses. Three months into the program and we’re already equipped with some key tools to monitor and control business performance, cool! It is now time to apply the tools in real life. Recently we were also part of a lecture organized at 2 different sites, Budapest and Warsaw, simultaneously, with all the technology available to provide a seamless learning experience to students at two very important cities in the region, Budapest and Warsaw.
I think it’s a very bold step on CEU’s part and actually in-line with its recent announcement of partnership with Warsaw University of Technology Business School. We were trying to find good arguments for government intervention. When I first heard of the course titled Legal, Political and Policy Environment of Market, I thought, damn, this is going to be a boring theoretical subject. But from day one, our charismatic Prof. Maciej Kisilowski created an amazing ambiance in the classroom, we witnessed very lively discussions, great ideas and personal experiences from everyone in the class. And since this session was held simultaneously at Budapest and Warsaw, both sites connected through video link, we had double the fun. Commendable effort and I’m sure, going forward this is going to get even better.
Friday evening, we continued our quest to sample Budapest’s international offerings, this time it was Iranian food. It’s amazing how many of world’s economic problems we can solve at the dinner table, if only the European leaders joined us for a dinner, all countries will be out of recession in no time.
The fun part didn’t stop there and on Saturday, we took it to the next level. Occasion was the housewarming party at our dear friend Rachael. Nice location, great food, drinks, great company and a beautiful host – all the right ingredients for a perfect party! This was also the occasion to see if my Hungarian friends had any truth in their claims to call Palinka the best liquor in the world. I tasted not one or two but three different varieties of Palinka, the famous Hungarian fruity liquor. All I can say now is, Palinka is good. Really good. Try and find out yourself.
That was it. Just a short update on student life in Budapest. I’ve few more interesting topics lines up to write about, so, stay tuned!