The Department of Network and Data Science at Central European University provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special focus on applications to practical social problems. The department offers a PhD program and an Advanced Certificate Program in Network Science. 

Data Science tools and the Network Science approach offer a unique perspective to tackle complex problems, impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking.The data deluge of our times has opened up unprecedented opportunities to study and understand structure and function of social, economic and political systems. The concept of networks has become indispensable in several social science disciplines. Data-driven network science aims at explaining complex phenomena at larger scales emerging from simple principles of making network links. A key element of the mission of the Department is to work across disciplines to bring network and data science tools to many fields of the social sciences.

The Department of Network and Data Science translates these ideas into research projects - our faculty have won several major grants, from European Union and US funding agencies.