- a conscious strategy
|When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, there
was a rush of western aid to the countries of the former
Soviet bloc. Most of that assistance was given government-to-government.
Consultants flooded the region advising on a wide range
of topics jetting in to hold seminars and
workshops, and returning home within a few days. The
drive was to get results and to get them quickly.
The founders of Civic Education Project thought differently. Following Vaclav Havels dictum that every intellectual and moral investment in the post communist world that is based on a deep understanding of what is happening there will repay the whole world many times over, CEPs founders crafted a conscious long-term strategy that would enhance the capacity of higher education reform in the region.
Grass-root efforts often take years before notable results are visible. Civic Education Project Fellows made a difference from the first day of the program. This years Annual Report focuses on the many accomplishments to which CEP can point with pride and which demonstrate the widening legacy of CEP involvement. The theme for this report is Sustainability the capacity of Civic Education Projects programs to continue long after the lecturers who created them, have left. Sustainability will be the truest, long-term measure of CEPs success.
The raw numbers show that
But raw numbers do not tell enough of the story. CEP programs demonstrate a growing impact on higher educational reform efforts throughout the region. Many of these success stories will be found within the Country Reports, but the following are some overarching themes.
Sustainability through CEP programs
A New Generation. The first generation of students that CEP lecturers taught in the early 90s are now young adults contributing to their countries growth and development. Some former CEP students have already pursued graduate degrees abroad and have returned to their home universities as part of CEPs Local Faculty Fellow Program. Other former CEP students now work in embassies, multinational companies, and government ministries. These students benefited from the opportunity to take CEP courses and participate in CEP events. They can be expected to play an increasingly influential role in their societies.
Institutional Change. There is expanding demand by universities for CEP Fellows, increasing student enrollment in CEP courses and growing popularity of CEP conferences and workshops. With help from CEP, new departments, disciplines and courses have been added at many universitites. CEP has contributed significantly to curriculum reform, major library improvements, and the spread of interest in international exchange and study abroad opportunities. Increasingly, policymakers in the US, the European Union, and throughout the region seek CEPs expertise.
EastEast Cooperation. In the early years of the transition, many of the academic ties among countries of Central and East Europe and the former Soviet Union were severed. CEP discovered that scholars missed this valuable cooperation and contact. As a result, CEP created the Local Faculty Fellows Roundtable now in its third year as a way to rebuild these ties in the field of higher education. Additionally, CEPs country teams are organizing an increasing number of events and programs that bring together scholars from the region to discuss current issues in their fields, present research, and share ideas on teaching methodologies and professional development. Local Faculty Fellows and other faculty from CEPs partner universities also enjoy valuable opportunities to meet informally at country program retreats and at conferences, debates, moot courts and other events organized for CEP students.
Local Faculty Fellow Alumni. There are now more than seventy Local Faculty Fellow Alumni who continue to lead reform efforts within their universities and communities. Some now hold influential administrative positions such as Rector, Vice Rector, Department Chair or Vice Dean. Others serve on advisory committees to national governments.EFFAlumni are also publishing a growing number of books and journal articles.
Sustainability through outreach activities
Many of the outreach activities
that CEP Fellows create and promote have become
CEP has a number of strengths that enable its Fellows and staff to fulfill its ideals.