The Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at Central European University, named after the third President and Rector of the University, is a collaborative academic initiative promoting applied policy research and professional training in higher education. The Center builds on more than two decades of experience at CEU in promoting policy research in higher education, as well as policy advising and professional development programs for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and higher education institutions from countries on all continents. The Center also builds on the long history of cooperation between CEU and the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The Center is committed to pursuing the overall open society mission of CEU through activities in the area of higher education policy. The Center places a particular focus on applied studies and practical initiatives regarding the relationship between higher education policies and practices, and issues of democratic development.
Research, training, and applied policy projects are carried out by CEU faculty members, researchers, and graduate students in cooperation with higher education experts from other universities and organizations worldwide.