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Laszlo Szentmarjay, M.A.


Research Associate
Trainee CEval GmbH
E-Mail: l.szentmarjay(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 49 37
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 38 99
Office hours:
by appointment
Address: Saarland University
Center for Evaluation
Building C 5 3
P.O. Box 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbrücken
Areas of responsibility:
Contract research
Employee at the Chair of Sociology
Main areas of emphasis:
Geographical development research
International relations
Climate and environmental change
Quantitative and participatory methods

Professional Career

Since 04.2019
Research Associate Center for Evaluation at Saarland University, Saarbrücken
Since 02.2019
Trainee CEval GmbH, Saarbrücken
Internship at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Lima/Peru
Internship at Consualte General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Barcelona/Spain
01.2007-09.2008 Clerk National and International Sales Department, Bartsch International GmbH, Ottobrunn


Master of Arts, Cultural Geography Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Thesis: "Ecosystems-Based Adaption to Climate Change: Opportunities and Difficulties regarding Implementation in Peru"
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
Thesis: "A Comparison of the German Foreign Affairs with Brazil and Peru"
2010 A-Levels, Städtische Berufsoberschule München, Fachrichtung Wirtschaft

On-going Projects

International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)7/20180/0Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Felix Stips, Laszlo Szentmarjay, Theresa Weippert


The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. Since 2018, it is managed jointly by the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern (Switzerland), the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University (Germany) and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. IPDET aims to provide managers and practitioners in the field of evaluation with the tools required to evaluate policies, programs and projects at local, regional, national, and global levels, as well as to commission, manage and especially use those evaluations for decision-making. Further information on this year's IPDET can be found on the website:
University cooperation with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) supported through the DAAD funding programme „Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries7/201712/2020Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Laszlo Szentmarjay


The Saarland University (UdS) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have been maintaining an intensive cooperation since 2008, which was financially supported by the DAAD programme “Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries” between 2012 and 2015. Through the DAAD University Advisory Program, the preceding collaboration had already received financial support. Particularly in the light of an ever-rising need for evaluations and competencies in the field of evaluation, both partners are zealous to continue the collaboration within the framework of the DAAD funding programme and to expand it sustainably by the integration of a second partnering institute of higher education. The Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) could be won for this objective.

Crucial elements of this third phase of cooperation are supposed to be the implementation of a new blended learning Master’s study program in evaluation at the PUCE, and the implementation of a further educational opportunity in the blended learning format, respectively, at the Center for Research and Training in Public Administration (CICAP) at the UCR, and quality assurance of the formation and further education in evaluation in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Latin America (amelioration of formation and further education as well as research in evaluation). Moreover, the establishment of a Latin American university network in the discipline of evaluation (network formation and internationalization), the strengthening of practical orientation within the academic formation in evaluation and the contribution to evidence-based policy making (application of scientific evaluative research in political practice), and, eventually, the consolidation and institutional expansion of the cooperation between the universities involved and the research institute CICAP (triangular and South-South-cooperation) are on the agenda of the program. The respective cooperation is intended to last for four years (2017-2020).