Central Europe Connect - Spring 2021
Central Europe Connect (CEC) is a Joint Certificate Program offered by WU Vienna, EUBA Bratislava and SGH Warsaw. In the course of a semester, up to 20 students per university spend a course week in each of the universities’ cities. Thereby, CEC participants acquire academic skills and get to know the Central European region. During the pandemic in spring 2021, CEC had to take place in an online format. Nevertheless, all three partner universities are committed to offer the on-site format again in the future.
In each of the three course weeks in 2021, the students learned about a specific topic, met company representatives and worked on group projects. The Bratislava Course Week concluded this semester´s CEC program with the topic “Structural Dynamics in Central European Economies”. Students as well as academic and administrative staff shared their experiences with us.
WU students Romana Plesser (left) and Robin Julian Crispin Kolby (right) reflected on their CEC experience.
International Office: Why did you decide to apply for the CEC program and why do you think students should sign up for CEC?
Robin Julian Crispin Kolby: I applied for the CEC program because I want to focus my future career on this uprising Central Eastern European area and I think it is a great opportunity to create a network among students from Poland, Slovakia and Austria. Moreover, not only the topics of the courses are highly interesting, but I also wanted to gain insights into what studies look like in Warsaw and Bratislava. I can definitely recommend the CEC program for students that want to broaden their horizons and are interested in international relations.
Romana Plesser: When I was looking for specializations, I quickly decided on International Business. The CEC programme is particularly interesting because it is jointly organized with two partner universities. Since I wanted to know how students from universities in Warsaw and Bratislava think about developments in CEC countries and I always enjoy making new contacts, I did not want to miss the opportunity.
International Office: What is it like to participate in this (online) short-term program?
Robin Julian Crispin Kolby: Obviously, we all are sad that this program could not happen “offline”, as we would have loved to meet each other to spend the course weeks together in person. However, all three universities put a lot of effort into creating an exciting online course program for us. Despite the current circumstances, I think we all enjoyed attending the online courses in this international classroom. We covered a number of interesting subjects and exchanged different ideas and experiences during the in-class discussions. A nice memory was when we met the other students in the beginning of the first course week. It was a lot of fun to get to know each other better.
One benefit of online course formats though is the fact that we are able to participate from anywhere. For instance, I was able to join a session while I was in Tunis due to an assignment from work.
International Office: What makes the program stand out?
Romana Plesser: The programme is so special because it gives you the opportunity to combine academic studies and personal experiences in a short time. This way, fellow students from other countries become new friends easily and fast plus the program fosters your own personal development in academic and social terms.
Statements by Central Europe Connect staff
"CEC perfectly exemplifies joint university efforts: CEC invites students from WU Vienna, EUBA Bratislava and SGH Warsaw to learn and grow together in a unique program design and highlights not only academic achievements, but also practical experience and cultural awareness."
- Christopher Rindhauser, CEC Program Manager at WU
"Central Europe Connect is a unique opportunity for students from Austria, Poland, and Slovakia to get to know current economic and business trends in the CEE region and to make new friends from abroad. During the course weeks, the students must leave their comfort zones and engage in teamwork with students coming from different countries and having different study backgrounds."
- Prof. Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Dudáš, PhD., Lecturer Bratislava Course Week
Want to discover more about Central Europe Connect?
Special track within the SBWL International Business
Awarded with a Joint Certificate from WU, EUBA and SGH
Application: During the regular application for SBWL IB
Joint short-term program complemented by practical and cultural activities