Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the School of Public Policy at Central European University Budapest Site Competition on March 3, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Martin Kahanec, Professor and Acting Head, SPP CEU,

Your Logistical Leader:
Bernadett Ball, Events and Digital Media Coordinator, SPP CEU,

Your Technical Leader:
Introducing your Site Judges:
Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on March 2 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

Welcome to Budapest!

We are delighted to welcome all of you to Budapest, and to the School of Public Policy at Central European University for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. We are especially pleased to be hosting this important gathering at the University’s new state-of-the-art buildings in downtown Budapest that were inaugurated only last fall.

About SPP and CEU:
School of Public Policy
The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) is a global institution established to create a worldwide community dedicated to seeking purpose beyond power. Its programs offer students a multi-disciplinary curriculum, innovative teaching, and an opportunity for meaningful engagement with policy practice. Our goal is to empower students by giving them the knowledge and skills they will need to work for positive changes for the common good. The School’s three master’s degrees in public policy are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, and international levels. SPP has launched global initiatives and hosted numerous public events that have focused on developing an innovative research agenda while deepening cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and its networks. SPP has also built strategic partnerships with policy actors across the globe and is home to two policy centers: the Center for Media, Data and Society and the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.

Central European University
In the words of its President and Rector Michael Ignatieff, Central European University (CEU) “is a new model for international education, a center for regional and global studies, and a source of intellectual support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights.” It offers graduate degree programs in the social sciences and humanities, business and economics, environmental sciences and policy, law, network science, cognitive science, and mathematics. The University is accredited in the United States and Europe. The University boasts an exceptionally diverse student body with students from 115 countries. CEU was established in 1991 by Hungarian-American financier and philanthropist George Soros. His vision was to recruit professors and students from around the world to build a unique institution that would train future generations of scholars, professionals, politicians, and civil society leaders to contribute to building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and adhere to the rule of law.

Social Programs: 
Student Networking Session
March 2, 2018, 6pm
School of Public Policy
Oktober 6 utca 7, room 101
The NASPAA Welcome Reception will take place at the School of Public Policy, in downtown Budapest. Located in a typical historical Budapest building.

Judges’ Dinner
March 2, 2018, 8pm
Pomo D’Oro Restaurant
Arany János u. 9.

Hotels and Hostels Accommodations:

To/From the airport
1. Public Transit
If you are headed into the city center, public transit involves a bus (#200E) from the terminal to get to the metro terminus at Kobanya/Kispest (Blue Metro, which is the #3 line). Then you take a metro into town. The Blue Metro starts there, so you can take any train. The stop in the very center of Pest is at Deak ter, and all three Metro lines intersect at that stop (and only at that stop). Transfers between metro lines here are free and do not require a separate ticket. Remember to keep your ticket, because there will be control as you leave the Metro! Information at:
Every ticket has to be validated, immediately upon entry into a bus or tram or just before entry to the tracks of the metro.

2. Mini-Bus

You buy a per-person ticket and it takes you to pretty much anywhere in the city center. There is a booth for the official shuttle. Airport website minibus link.

3. Taxi
There is an “official” taxi company, Fö Taxi. They have a booth inside the terminal, and will get you to the city center for about 6000-8000 HUF (€22-30 depending on exchange rate and distance). They have the official contract with the airport, and are a convenient, reliable way into the city center.
The airport is small and manageable, and the taxis are immediately outside the door as you walk to the curb. No need to book in advance. Most taxis accept Forints, and credit cards.

In Budapest

Budapest has an excellent public transit system consisting of subways, buses, trolleys, trams, and electric commuter trains called HÉV. Tickets are available at all metro stations from automated machines, and most stations also have cashiers at ticket windows. Tickets can be bought individually, discounted in books of 10, or in the form of daily, weekly, or monthly passes. You need to validate your ticket before starting your trip on the metro or immediately upon boarding a bus, tram, trolley, or commuter train. Passes and tickets are checked by inspectors at random. Public transportation runs from 4:30 until 23:00 and is both regular and frequent. Night trams and buses run on an abbreviated schedule.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
Please arrive at your host site b 8:00 am for opening remarks and breakfast. We anticipate that the competition will begin around 9:00 AM. However, this is subject to change. You will receive a detailed competition schedule early next year.

Here are some useful Hungarian phrases.