CEU is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges as well as a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. Supporting Roma and the development of Romani Studies at CEU is part of the university's mission. Building on CEU's longstanding reputation in enhancing higher education, research, and professional opportunities for Roma, CEU's Roma Access Programs (RAP) is transformed into the Romani Studies Program (RSP) as of August 1, 2017. RSP is a new academic unit at CEU, encompassing the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) and Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative.
The Velux Foundations, the Open Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Roma Education Fund (REF) are the donors of the initiative for the six-year RES project. The first of its kind in higher education, this collaborative initiative will support efforts to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors on local, national and regional levels through graduate education, advanced research, leadership development, professional training and community outreach.