|ANNUAL REPORT -
Table of Content
Board of Directors
Message from the Chair
Message from the President
Brain Gain: Sustaining Young
The History and Mission of CEP
Czech Republic & Slovakia
The Stephen R. Grand Award
List of Contributors
The Civic Education Project,an international voluntary
organization rooted in the belief that democratic society requires critically minded and
informed individuals, works to enhance the development of higher and professional
education in societies engaged in political and economic transition.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Dr. T. Mills Kelly, Chair
Texas Tech University
Donna Culpepper, President
Civic Education Project
Dr. William Antholis
German Marshall Fund of the US
Professor Shlomo Avineri
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mr. Joseph S. Iseman
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Ms. Anne Clunan
University of California, Berkeley
Ms. Mary C. Foerster
Mr. Leslie C. Francis
Educational Testing Services
Dr. Stephen R. Grand
German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Professor Stanley N. Katz
Professor Jacek Kochanowicz
Ms. Wendy Luers
Foundation for a Civil Society
Professor Gustav Ranis
Professor Henry Rosovsky
Mr. Robert H. Tembeckjian
N.Y. State Commission on Judicial Conduct
MESSAGE FROM THE
Who can doubt that a successful civil society is built
upon and sustained by a well-educated populace? Because the need for a strong educational
system is so acute, few calamities have more far-reaching consequences than what is so
often called "brain drain" the migration of a societys best minds
to other lands.
For nine years, the Civic Education Project has worked in
partnership with the universities of Eastern Europe and Eurasia to stem the outflow of
talent from the region. By making it possible for a new generation of scholars to lead
productive and fulfilling professional lives, and to have the space within which they can
enact meaningful and effective reform, CEP has much to be proud of. Whether it is our
large and highly successful Local Faculty Fellows program or the individual initiatives of
our Fellows, our work has helped to inspire a new generation of students to believe that a
career in higher education is actually possible.
This year alone, more than 115 CEP supported Local
Faculty Fellows are teaching in universities across our region, and with each passing year
more and more of these Fellows come from the ranks of those who first had contact with CEP
Fellows when they were undergraduate students. Inspired by these contacts to pursue an
academic career, and now working with us as partners, this new generation of scholars will
continue to transform their societies in ways we can only imagine today.
In the years ahead CEP will reach beyond its core
constituency of those who already have had experiences outside the region, to a group of
equally talented, but professionally disadvantaged young scholars who are just as anxious
to implement new methods of teaching, to participate in the international scholarly
conversations in their discipline, and to help build more open societies. By including
them in our professional networks, offering them teaching and research support, and
validating their personal commitment to their students success, we will make it
possible for these faculty to achieve results they otherwise could not even consider. The
waves of outside assistance that swept over this region largely passed these scholars by,
and to address their needs we have begun to draw them into our networks, and to offer them
support. But these efforts, like all of our work, require substantial investment an
investment with returns that are not only obvious, but also very satisfying. Therefore, we
ask you to join us, and the many other individuals and foundations who support us, in our
work of building open and democratic societies through educational change.
Throughout our history, CEP has been supported by the
volunteer spirit of its staff and Fellows, and of course by many generous donors. I
particularly wish to single out the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society
Institute both for its history of support for our efforts, and for its continuing
commitment to CEP. As important as HESP has been to us, CEP would not be the organization
it is today without the generosity of many other individuals and foundations.
Investment in the many fine young scholars
we support will echo down through the years, opening up many new opportunities to a whole
generation of university students, many of whom will lead their countries in the years to
MESSAGE FROM THE
Now that more than a decade has passed since the
momentous events that changed Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the thrill,
for many, has gone. Many efforts begun in the heady days after 1989 and 1991 have been
wrapped up. Some of them achieved enormous good, addressing what were truly short-term
needs. Other efforts discovered they were not sustainable over time, either because their
supporters saw no continuing needs, or their European or Eurasian partners saw no reason
to continue cooperation.
But the Civic Education Project continues, sustained by
the generous, patient and visionary donors who make the effort possible, and animated by
the generous, patient and visionary scholars who do the work, now at over 200 universities
in 23 countries. Why do we continue? Its a question we at CEP ask ourselves quite
frequently, and in the course of asking it, we have developed a somewhat more refined
question: What do we continue?
CEP works, in our view, because it operates on a very
basic level. The Fellows in our program teach every day of the academic year they
dont fly in and out occasionally. By simply being there, they are omenting change.
They take their teaching responsibilities very seriously. Their methods are new. Their
interaction with students is different. And increasingly, their relations with local
scholars and university administrators who have not studied abroad are more productive.
One characteristic of the system that prevails in these
countries is a sense of isolation. Scholars are largely isolated from their colleagues
abroad, and from developments in their fields. CEP is an important element in ending that
isolation, and connecting scholars in the region to scholars from other countries
both within and outside the region. For this reason, CEP very deliberately works in
universities outside capital cities whenever possible. We are then well positioned to help
establish, or re-establish, professional networks of like-minded individuals.
Local Faculty Fellows remain at the universities after
their tenure with CEP, offering important continuity. They stay a part of the CEP network
and have access to resources and other opportunities, we can offer. Their local expertise,
combined with experience abroad makes them especially qualified mediators and initiators
Visiting Faculty Fellows offer western educational
training and an infusion of fresh ideas and energy. They act as catalysts for change, and
stimulate their colleagues to move in new directions, to attempt new ways of doing things.
We have found that Local Faculty Fellows and Visiting Faculty Fellows work even better as
a team, creating a natural synergy.
Answering our own question: What do we
continue? we have changed the program to include more local scholars; we are
placing increasing emphasis on mentoring younger scholars; we are conducting more
workshops on methodology; we are developing networks of scholars by discipline and
geographic region. In short, CEP is continuing to fill the gaps which remain following the
change of system, as well as those created by the new systems. The need for what CEP can
provide has not lessened, it has only been transformed. What we have not changed is our
commitment to support reform in higher education.
CEP Visiting Faculty Fellows & Local
form indispensable teams. Together they accomplish far more than either can alone.
Brain Gain: Sustaining Young Social
Discouraging circumstances in the higher education
systems of post-communist countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia have led large numbers
of promising young academics to seek employment outside academia and even outside their
home countries. This exodus, often referredto as "brain drain," has the
potential to thwart any forward progress in higher education reform, defeat attempts to
increase accessibility of university
education to growing numbers of interested students, and
threaten the development of motivated, well-trained researchers and teachers to guide
The Civic Education Project (CEP) has long been aware of
the problem of "brain drain" and has tailored its programs to reverse this
alarming trend. CEP works to provide positive solutions that will encourage "Brain
Gain," or the sustainability of young social scientists in Eastern Europe and
Eurasia. CEPs focus on this issue has made it the foremost organization striving to
encourage support for a new generation of academics.
This annual report is organized around the theme of
"brain gain." It offers an introduction to the wide range of events and programs
that CEP conducts in order to build and nuture a dynamic network of progressive young
academic leaders for coming years. The primary vehicle CEP employs for the purpose of
"brain gain" is its Fellows program, comprised of Local Faculty Fellows and
Local Faculty Fellow Program. CEP supports
innovative young social scientists with graduate training abroad who return to their home
countries to pursue permanent university teaching careers. Eastern Scholars are a diverse
group of internationally minded, enthusiastic individuals from the region who are
committed to improving teaching, departmental offerings, and cooperation beyond the
Visiting Faculty Fellow Program. CEP places
international academics and professionals who volunteer for one year at university
departments throughout the region. Visiting Faculty Fellows teach and assist their
departments on a variety of reform initiatives. Occasionally they act as mentors, but more
frequently they work as partners with Eastern Scholars and other local faculty members.
They work not only on new initiatives but also in support of ongoing activities and
existing reform efforts.
Achieving "Brain Gain"
through CEP Programs
The objective behind CEPs "brain gain"
initiatives is not just to make a difference in the lives of individuals, but also to make
a difference for the future of social science departments, in the education of university
students, and in the larger community.
Student Activities. CEP Fellows are typically very
involved in the academic lives of their students. They sponsor clubs, advise student
newspapers, create speakers forums, train students in scholarship application writing and
interview techniques, recommend students for study abroad, supervise their research and
guide their proposals for participation in CEP events.
Teaching Development Program. CEP extends its
support to junior faculty outside the Local Faculty Fellow network who are interested in
improving their teaching and classroom performance. Some CEP country programs have
well-developed, formalized efforts on a national level. Other programs are experimenting
with different pilot projects or have long-standing efforts at individual institutions.
CEP Fellows work with their colleagues through team-teaching, shadowing, and mentoring.
Fellows efforts include:
- training colleagues in new student-centered or active
- providing international teaching materials;
- helping develop and revise syllabi;
- working to improve student evaluation procedures;
- introducing new technologies and resources.
In addition to sharing new methods and
materials, CEP Fellows also introduce local colleagues to an international network and
provide opportunities to attend specialized workshops and interact with their peers from
Academic Conferences & Events. CEP organizes
several academic conferences and events each year to engage faculty directly in research,
form new cross-border partnerships, offer training and professional development
opportunities, and discuss current issues in the regional academic community.
In the 199900 academic year this included:
- a historiography conference;
- a research conference on the EuroAtlantic region;
- an Local Faculty Fellow Roundtable on the topic of
sustaining young social scientists in the region;
- Winter and Summer Schools;
- a Teaching Assistants program.
The Roundtable was a major highlight of CEPs
activities for 19992000. It brought together young academics, university rectors,
education ministry officials, foreign educators, and representatives from the
international funding community to discuss possible solutions to common problems facing
the higher education systems of the region. This event grew out of issues raised by Local
Faculty Fellows at previous roundtables and took a proactive approach by sharing best
practices, brainstorming possible solutions, and offering concrete proposals for action
Departmental/Institutional Support. CEP provides
support to departments and institutions in the form of book and journal donations,
equipment donations, and general library reform efforts. CEP Fellows are often
instrumental in the creation of new fields of study and additional courses. They help to
introduce new faculty and student evaluation procedures, and work to revise credit and
elective systems. CEP helps connect universities with donors by assisting in the writing
of proposals for financial support. CEP organizes student and faculty conferences that
bring recognition and enthusiasm to new or little-known departments and assists in
organizing and administering special Summer Schools for intensive subject-specific
Publications. Each year CEP produces print and
electronic publications on country-specific and organization-wide topics. Conference
proceedings, teaching methodology handbooks, and newsletters are published on an ongoing
basis, with many contributions from Fellows and alumni. These are widely circulated in
regional libraries and universities. CEP has also recently begun the Romanian Journal
of Society and Politics and the Discussion Series as English-language forums
for publication of research conducted by Fellows (especially
Local Faculty Fellows) and their local colleagues.
The Civic Education Project
supports two main programs the Visiting Faculty
Fellow Program and the Local Faculty Fellow Program. Scholars in both programs
are referred to as CEP Fellows.
The Visiting Faculty Fellow Program
In the Visiting Faculty Fellow Program a social science
academic commits to a year of living and working at a university in Central or Eastern
Europe or Eurasia.
CEP attracts advanced graduate students, established
professors, professionals, and emeriti as Visiting Faculty Fellows from the Americas,
Europe, Africa, the Far East, and Australasia. By introducing critical thinking, academic
writing, research and analytical skills, Visiting Lecturers expose their students and
faculty colleagues to a new and exciting range of materials and methodologies. Visiting
Faculty Fellows also bring with them books, journals, and articles that they donate to
their regional university libraries at the end of their tenure. Visiting Faculty
Fellows academic expertise and familiarity with western teaching methodologies are
important assets for reforming social science departments.
CEP's host departments value the fresh perspective and
new approaches offered by Visiting Faculty Fellows and the opportunities they provide for
students and local faculty. In addition, Visiting Lecturers enhance the efectiveness of
the Local Faculty Fellow Program as Fellows work side by side on academic projects, course
development and teaching methods. Local Faculty Fellows repeatedly emphasize the
importance of this interaction as a way to buildupon their graduate training abroad.
The Local Faculty Fellow Program
CEPs Local Faculty Fellow Program is a conscious
strategy to reverse the "brain drain" from the region and help young, promising
scholars who have received graduate education abroad to return to their home countries to
teach. CEP assists these scholars by providing financial and institutional assistance for
up to two academic years as well as teaching materials, enrichment programs and access to
its international network of scholars.
Without CEPs support, many of these scholars could
not afford academic careers and would be forced to take additional jobs. CEP helps Local
Faculty Fellows stay in academia and become more effective educators and scholars. Many
former CEP students have now become Local Faculty Fellows themselves.
Local Faculty Fellows can have a profound effect on
reforming their department by sharing new ideas and approaches with local colleagues and
administrators. Because they are teaching in their home countries and in the local
language, Local Faculty Fellows reach large numbers of students. They understand the local
situation and are able to carry out initiatives that may require several years to
implement fully. With the assistance of CEP and its network of Fellows, Eastern Scholars
can serve as an important and effective link between the international academic community
and their department. They represent the future of higher education in the social sciences
and are the key to sustainable reform.
CEP Fellows organize conferences, debate forums,
negotiation seminars, workshops, roundtables, and moot court competitions each year in
order to provide students with early exposure to many aspects of professional academic
life and academic career opportunities. As a result of the many outreach activities and
special projects, CEP is influencing more students to choose teaching as a career. Even
more rewarding is the fact that many CEP students have come full circle and are now Local
Faculty Fellows themselves. In addition to its tradition of student events, CEP has
increasingly directed outreach activities toward local faculty. Scholars throughout the
region have the opportunity to develop and improve teaching methods, courses and
curriculum at CEP events. In addition, CEP is helping rebuild academic links by organizing
seminars, conferences, guest lectures and other opportunities for scholarly exchange.
Examples of Outreach Activities:
Partnerships with other organizations
Synergy with other organizations has increased
dramatically in the more than nine years of CEPs existence. In a region as vast and
complex as Eastern Europe and Eurasia, there is a great need to pool human, financial, and
material resources in order to work more effectively and wisely. CEP regularly cooperates
on special projects with its counterparts from local Soros Foundations, IREX, Fulbright,
and ACTR/ACCELs in the field as well as with a number of other European and North American
organizations. CEP Country Programs have established many other partnerships with
government and intergovernmental agencies, education commissions,
NGOs, businesses, and interested individuals.
In 19992000 the Robert Bosch Stiftung and
CEP co-funded four positions for Local Faculty Fellows. The four young social scientists
chosen were Alla Kassianova in Tomsk, Elena Limanova in Novosibirsk, Mikhail
Karpov in Moscow, and Maria Goloubeva in Riga. They were chosen not only for
their potential as educators and scholars, but also for their connections with Germany.
Representatives of the Robert Bosch Stiftung attended the Russian orientation for CEP
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
is a German donor association with several foundations and companies among its members.
Cooperation with CEP started early in 1999 and has been growing. In April 2000 the Stifterverband
supported the CEP conference on European Integration and International Security in
Sofia, Bulgaria. This event brought together 37 students from 15 different east and west
European countries to discuss issues related to European integration, NATO enlargement and
regional security. (www.stifterverband.de)
Among other things, the Körber Stiftung is well
known for its projects in the area of history education that have attracted young people
into researching history throughout Europe. In May 2000, it supported the CEP conference Writing
and Rewriting History at the Turn of the Centuries: The State of the Discipline in Central
and Eastern Europe in Krakow, Poland, in collaboration with the Institute of History
of the Jagiellonian University. Participants from 14 countries discussed developments in
central and east European historiography. Two representatives of the Körber Stiftung attended
the conference and contributed to the discussions. The presentations made at the
conference will be published by Rochester University Press. www.stiftung.koerber.de)
Partnership with the European Cultural Foundation
has also been growing since early 1999. The foundation is involved in a variety of
projects in the arts and humanities throughout Europe. With CEP, it has cooperated on
events that bring together participants from different European countries. In December
1999, the European Cultural Foundation, along with the German Rectors Conference,
supported the CEP Roundtable, Brain Gain: Sustaining Young Social Scientists in
Post-Communist Countries. (www.eurocult.org)
A highly productive partnership began this year with the German
Marshall Fund of the U.S. CEP and the German Marshall Fund are supporting two Local
Faculty Fellows each in Bulgaria and Romania. These scholars are not only introducing new
teaching methods and materials, but they are also working with local policy institutes on
projects related to topics of current interest to the international community and designed
to inform policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. (www.gmfus.org)
International Student Conference
In 1993, CEP began organizing an annual conference to
bring outstanding students from Eastern Europe and Eurasia to take part in an
international academic event. The original idea was to allow the young leaders from these
countries an opportunity to exchange ideas on topical issues facing their countries and
create lasting links with colleagues from the region. Now in its eighth year, the
International Student Conference has grown to be not just an academic conference but also
an opportunity for practical training in topics such as public speaking, negotiation and
cross cultural communication.
The focus for the 8th Annual International Student
Conference was on the rising expectations in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia that
demand a greater participatory role for the people and transparency in all spheres of
political, economic and legal activity. It was held in early May in Budapest for
approximately 140 students from all of CEPs country programs, as well as from
Azerbaijan and Kosovo. Panels explored issues of media influence, interregional security
issues, environmental degradation, economic globalization, minority participation,
European accession, women in politics, foreign investment, and the legacy of communism. In
conjunction with the conference, case study sessions were held in various fields that
included journalism, humanitarian law, economic transformation, environmental studies, and
First CEP Student Debate in Siberia
Entitled "New National Leadership: the Institution
of the Presidency in Post-Soviet Countries," this student debate was held in Tomsk in
March. The period of 19992000 was a time of presidential elections in Russia,
Ukraine and Uzbekistan, which suggested this topic as appropriate for the annual student
debates. Discussion centered on the institution of the presidency, its dependence on
national cultural and political traditions, its place within the system of government and
its influence on democracy and economic reforms. CEP students from six different countries
participated in these debates. The best student papers were published.
Eastern Scholar Roundtable
The 3rd Local Faculty Fellow Roundtable,
"Brain Gain: Sustaining Social Scientists in Post-Communist Countries," was held
in Budapest in December as a result of discussions between CEP and the German Rectors
Conference about the future of social science education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
The roundtable brought together policy makers, government officials, academics, university
representatives, and young social science academics. The aim of the discussion was to
develop recommendations on ways to attract and retain young talented individuals for
university positions, as well as strengthen their capacity to develop professionally and
work productively. These recommendations should help direct the programs, policies, and
resources intended to support higher education in the region. A publication of the
proceedings is available.
Junior Academics Conference
A regional Junior Academics Conference held in Bucharest,
Romania, focused on tolerance and cooperation in Europe and the EuroAtlantic region, with
panels on issues such as interethnic dialogue, foreign policy and security in Europe,
cultural boundaries, tolerance and the Balkans, and international economic relations.
Participants had an opportunity to meet colleagues, discuss issues, and hear distinguished
speakers such as the Ambassador of Portugal to Bucharest, the Deputy Chief of Mission to
the U.S. Embassy in Romania, and the Counsellor to the Minister of Interior, Romania.
and Mission of CEP
The Civic Education Project (CEP) has been involved in
international education since 1991, when, with support from the Open Society Institute, it
began sending lecturers to Central and Eastern Europe to assist with efforts to reform
higher education systems. CEP began that first year with fifteen Fellows in the former
Czechoslovakia. By academic year 199900, CEP Fellows were teaching in nineteen
countries. More than 20,000 students participate in CEP courses each year, in fields such
as economics, European studies, history, human rights, international relations, law,
political science, public administration, and sociology.
Starting with fifteen Visiting Faculty Fellows in 1991,
CEP steadily increased that number for several years. By 1993 there were more than 100
Visiting Faculty Fellows in eleven countries. Beginning in 199495, the Local Faculty
Fellow Program grew quickly, overtaking the number of Visiting Faculty Fellows in
19992000 for the first time, with 112 participants. As the Local Faculty Fellow
Program has grown, the number of Visiting Faculty Fellows has gradually declined.
Building upon its initial program in the former
Czechoslovakia, CEP added seven more countries: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine,
Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in 1992. Moldova and Albania were added in 1993, and Poland
and Russia started programs the following year. In 1995 CEP began programs in Belarus and
Kazakhstan and in 1997 CEP added Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to its Central Asia country
group. Georgia and Armenia initiated programs during the spring and fall of 1998 to bring
the total to nineteen countries for 1998 and 1999. Groundwork was laid in 19992000
to add five new programs to begin in fall of 2000: Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo,
Montenegro, and Macedonia.
The international character of the Civic
Education Project makes it especially effective in its work with higher education and
professional development of academics in societies engaged in difficult political, social
and economic transition. A wide variety of models and experience is available to CEP and
to the host institutions as they make decisions on which paths to choose. CEP is leading
the wave of change by supporting enthusiastic academics and professionals in the social
sciences to both teach and conduct programs in community outreach. Unlike most exchange
participants, CEP Visiting Faculty Fellows spend at least one full academic year at their
host universities. This gives them the opportunity to understand the situation at the
university, build relationships with students and faculty and carry out meaningful
outreach initiatives. Through its Local Faculty Fellow program CEP is also one of the
first organizations to support dynamic young educators who are native to the region. With
cultural and language skills that their western counterparts do not have, coupled with a
desire to return home to make a difference, these young indigenous scholars are a critical
component of sustainable education reform. Together, CEP Visiting Faculty Fellows and
Eastern Scholars form a critical mass able to accomplish far more than either group can by
During the 19992000 academic year, CEP supported
two Visiting Faculty Fellows and three Local Faculty Fellows in Albania, with Fellows
teaching at three institutions: the University of Tirana, the Albanian Magistrates
School in Tirana and Aleksandër Xhuvani University in Elbasan.
Fellows taught courses in law, history, politics and
society, economics and philosophy. The partnership with the Faculty of Foreign Languages
in Elbasan, where CEP has been working for several years at setting up German Studies and
English & American Studies centers, has been particularly successful. As a result of
CEPs work over the past years, German Studies has expanded its social science
offerings to three courses in German history, as well as courses on German cultural
studies, politics and society, and philosophy. In addition, CEP has been advising the
faculty on expanding its humanities offerings. In English and American Studies, the
efforts started more recently, but course offerings have expanded rapidly as a result
of CEPs work. There are now separate British and U.S. history courses, as well as a
course on British politics and society.
The work at the Albanian Magistrates School has
been particularly important, as students at this school are preparing to become judges and
prosecutors in Albania. Here a CEP Local Faculty Fellow taught a new course on commercial
law and a former Local Faculty Fellow is now the chair of the Civil Law department
in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tirana.
At Aleksandër Xhuvani University in Elbasan, CEP
Visiting Lecturers worked very closely with newly appointed assistant lecturers. Despite
their inexperience, these assistant lecturers have considerable responsibility for the
content of their courses. They have therefore relied heavily on CEP Fellows to advise and
work with them on the structuring of their courses.
"CEP lecturers are the pillars of the
A dean at Aleksandër Xhuvani University
In order to improve the quality of academic translations
in the country, CEP Albania has initiated a translation workshop. This involves assisting
lecturers and students in preparing high quality translations of classic texts in the
social sciences. Another aspect of the project will include translating scholarly work
written on Albania.
During the 200001 academic year, CEP will be
expanding to three new departments the Department of English and American Studies
of Tiranas Faculty of Foreign Languages, the Department of Journalism and the
Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences. With the addition of
programs in Kosovo and Montenegro, there will also be cross-border cooperation with
in those programs.
The CEP Baltics team in the academic year 19992000
consisted of twelve Fellows, who continued CEPs six year presence in the Baltic
states. Four Fellows were Visiting Faculty Fellows from the U.S., South Korea and Canada.
The eight Local Faculty Fellows were based at six universities in Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania and Kaliningrad. Disciplines covered by CEP Fellows in their teaching included
sociology, political science, environmental science, history and public administration.
"The job in the field of education is not over
yet in the Baltic States, thus for CEP it is too early to leave"
Arild Saether, EuroFaculty Director
Fellows were particularly successful in extending
activities outside the classroom to reach as many students as possible.
In everybodys opinion it was the 6th
International Baltic Student Conference "Lights and Shadows of Post
Communism" held in March in Tartu, Estonia, which was the highlight of the year. The
conference was truly international, bringing students from many countries. The conference
was co-sponsored by the Royal Dutch Embassy, Cologne & Generale Insurance, Baltic
Tours Inc., the University of Tartu, and the Estonian Ministry of Education.
"The CEP professor made students trust themselves
and see the world with different eyes"
Iveta Graudina, Head of the Economics
Department, Rezekne University
Equally important, although smaller, was
a second student event held in Kaunus in December 1999, sponsored jointly by CEP and UNDP.
The topic of the conference, "Choices in Transition: Assessing Human
Development," was intended to address issues facing political science and sociology
students seeking employment after graduation. The conference was initiated by CEP Visiting
Faculty Fellow in Kaunas, Erika Wilkens, and included participants from Lithuania
and Latvia. Several company and ministry representatives gave highly useful presentations
to the students.
Although the program is not likely to have Visiting
Faculty Fellows in the future, CEP intends to continue working in the Baltics through its
Local Faculty Fellows and outreach activities. Cooperation and exchange across borders
will be enhanced, which will encourage the sharing of ideas among the three Baltic states.
Beginning in 200001, the Baltics and Polish
programs will be joined to encourage even broader
cooperation among scholars within the region.
In 19992000 the CEP
BelarusUkraineMoldova program expanded to forty Fellows working at twenty-nine
universities. This expansion allowed CEP to establish new partnerships with fourteen
departments and involve more than 3,500 students in CEP courses and projects during the
year. Building upon an expanded alumni network of faculty and students and the momentum
gained from successful outreach activities over past years, the program worked in three
strategic directions faculty development, teaching and student involvement, and
strengthening institutional bases for reform.
Faculty development activities continue to focus on
improving the content and quality of teaching, as well as addressing the issue of brain
drain through targeted support. CEPs programs also attempt to strengthen the
intellectual community by helping to rebuild regional and international networks of
scholars. These activities also produce valuable materials on teaching methodology and
A Junior Faculty Development Workshop in Odessa in
April 2000 discussed contemporary methods of teaching and research in the social sciences,
including topics such as active learning, case studies, role playing, and use of the
Internet. Over fifty university faculty from Ukraine, Russia and Moldova observed classes
employing these strategies and discussed their applicability within academic institutions
in the region. Related to these efforts, CEP, together with several Belarusian
institutions, initiated a program for the promotion, development and integration of
interactive learning strategies. This initiative began with a roundtable in Belarus,
"Implementing the Strategy of Active Learning in Higher Education." It follows a
series of regional teaching strategy workshops organized by CEP Hungary.
Two CEP pilot projects for junior faculty were begun
a Teaching Methodology and Contemporary Issues "Winter School" and a
Teaching Assistants Program. Both projects are aimed at providing fundamental training in
the use of innovative materials and methods. These programs will be expanded in
200001, with a series of Winter Schools covering most of the social science
disciplines. In addition, several CEP Fellows will be working with teaching
"assistants" young scholars who will prepare to take over CEP courses in
CEPs student activities promote independent
learning, critical thinking and active participation in academic and community life. As an
example, eleven student teams coached by CEP Fellows participated in the Ukrainian
National Election Debate Forum, held jointly with Kharkiv National University one week
before the presidential elections in November 1999. The students, representing various
regions of Ukraine, presented a variety of opinions as they debated presidential power and
its impact on the political, economic, social and legal situation in Ukraine. Following
the debate they participated in a simulated presidential election campaign.
The presidential elections theme was further developed
through a workshop series,
"Post-Election Ukraine: Prognoses, Predictions, Provocations," involving
analysis and presentations by CEP Fellows on developments in the areas of: geopolitical
orientation; economic and legal reform; and social and environmental policies. In
preparation for the two workshops
of the series, CEP Fellows actively involved students as research assistants, presenters
and discussants. A publication of materials from the research component is forthcoming.
A highlight of the year was the regional student
conference, "Recreating Civic Culture: Integrity and Diversity in Global
Transformation," held in Minsk in March at the European Humanities University. A
highly competitive selection process brought together eighty students from thirty-five
institutions of higher education in Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Lithuania, Armenia
and Kyrgyzstan. The four-day conference featured fourteen panel discussions, a Career
Fair, and visits to a number of international organizations. The conference concluded with
a debate entitled "Reviving Democratic Culture: Citizens Choices in the Process
"What Ukrainian students so desperately need is
to be exposed to teachers, knowledge and methods, and role models from the west: the CEP
way of providing us with this in the shape of active and approachable people is just what
Hachachur Hachachurian, Rector
International Institute of Linguistics & Law
CEP conducted a number of smaller student conferences in
Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk, and national conferences in Chisinau and Minsk. Students from
Ukrainian universities participated in a Financial Policy-Making Workshop in Odessa. The
students explored the effects of current government policy and, through a policy making
simulation, offered their solutions. Other students participated in regional conferences
organized by CEP in Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, Baltics and Bulgaria. The top CEP
students in Ukraine were invited to meet U.S. President Clinton during his visit to Kyiv
in June 2000.
In cooperation with local organizations and universities,
the program strives to facilitate academic exchange, create institutional partnerships,
and strengthen local resource bases. In addition, CEP reaches out to comparatively
isolated regions and universities whenever possible. A group of Fellows and staff in
Ukraine and Belarus began developing the framework for a Distance Learning Project, which
attempts to engage students and faculty outside the institutions involved in the CEP
network. The project will give access to international courses and materials in
fundamental social science disciplines, as well as courses not included in the traditional
university curriculum, to students from the provinces. Guest lecture exchange has been
especially effective between Visiting Faculty Fellows and Local Faculty Fellows, as the
students benefit from learning both local and international perspectives.
In partnership with the International Institute of
Linguistics and Law (IILL) and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, CEP established a Moot Court
Resource Center in Kyiv. The Resource Center, the only one of its kind in Ukraine, is
built in the form of a courtroom, complete with video equipment, allowing for effective
simulation and study of courtroom proceedings and preparation for moot court competitions.
It is equipped with computers, as well as electronic and printed resource materials in
various areas of Ukrainian, U.S., European and International Law.
An expanding network of Local Faculty Fellow alumni is
quickly becoming an important component of CEP activities, helping to sustain and
institutionalize these outreach efforts. The alumni not only continue existing activities
but also generate new projects independently and in partnership with current Fellows.
Examples include the annual student conference in Dnipropetrovsk, workshops on research
methodology for mass media and social workers in Minsk, and a NATO expansion debate in
In the 19992000 academic year CEP
five Visiting Faculty Fellows and five Local Faculty
Fellows in Bulgaria. CEP lecturers taught more than a
thousand students at six universities,
offering both their students and faculty colleagues a different approach to teaching and
The support provided by the German Marshall Fund of the
United States to the Local Faculty Fellow Program in Bulgaria enabled Svetlana
Stamenova and Georgi Ganev to develop a research project with the Center for
Liberal Strategies to assess political and economic views in Bulgaria.
CEP Fellows carried out a number of projects that played
a significant role in the process of improving teaching in host universities, such as
preparing textbooks in Finance (Jordan Jordanov, Varna University of Economics),
introducing new methods of teaching law (Steven Schulwolf, Plovdiv University),
working with the EU/UNDP
Beautiful Bulgaria Project to renovate a reading room at
the European Studies Department, University of Rousse (Robert Castle), and
providing books to local universities. Eastern Scholar Tamara Todorova of Varna
University of Economics participated in a TEMPUS Project to develop a bachelors
degree program in Business Logistics and introduced student evaluations for all university
professors at her faculty.
CEP students had the chance to participate in a number of
student events organized with the support of CEP staff and lecturers: the Negotiation
Seminar, a national Moot Court Competition, the Student Conference on
European Integration and International Security and the Fifth Annual Balkan Debate
Forum. The Student Conference was a major achievement for outgoing Country Director Maria
Popova and for the CEP team. Thirty-seven participants from fifteen countries, along
with guests from CEP and the European Union, met in Sofia to debate issues of European
integration and regional security. Selected papers from the conference are being published
with help from the European Commission Delegation to Bulgaria.
With the support of CEP lecturers, Bulgarian students participated in the International
Moot Court Competition in Ljubliana, ranking ninth among twenty-four teams and in the
International Student Conference in Budapest where Vyara Panova won a Best Paper
Award. Students from Bulgaria also participated
in the Baltic Student Conference in Estonia and in the visit of President Clinton to
Bulgaria in November. CEP student Boriana Savova was chosen to introduce the
President before a gathering of fifty thousand people in Sofia.
Since its inception in Georgia in 1998, more than
twenty-six Fellows have been part of CEPs program in the Caucasus. In
19992000, CEP supported six Local Faculty Fellows and seven Visiting Faculty Fellows
at six universities in Armenia and Georgia. These Fellows were able to offer more than a
thousand Georgian and Armenian university students a richer academic experience. While CEP
Fellows were based in Yerevan and Tbilisi, the program continued its determined efforts to
broaden its reach by including in CEP activities students and faculty from universities
outside the capitals. Although CEP did not formally operate in Azerbaijan in
19992000, students there also benefited from participation in a number of
CEP-sponsored extracurricular activities and guest lectures. CEP Caucasus established a
number of contacts with universities in Baku and looks forward to its planned expansion
next year into Azerbaijan.
Thirty-eight students from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
and Russia participated in the second Caucasus Regional Student Conference, "The
Caucasus on the Eve of the Millennium," held in Tbilisi, in November. As in the past,
the conference was well-attended, with a standing-room-only audience at some of the
panels. Despite political tension among the participants countries, the students of
these nations eagerly shared their individual perspectives on the issues while interacting
and enjoying one anothers company. With the help of their Fellows, studentsalso
participated in international events such as the International Student Conference
in Budapest and regional conferences in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia. For most of
them, participation in these events was the first opportunity to prepare and present
original academic work and to debate their ideas in a public forum.
The Caucasus program also directed outreach efforts
toward local faculty in the region. CEP organized two day-long workshops on Curriculum
Development and Gender Issues in the Caucasus, bringing together eighty
scholars from higher education institutions in Armenia and Georgia. The goal of the
Curriculum Development workshop was to acquaint the audience with new methods of
instruction that use active learning techniques to promote critical thinking, reading and
writing skills. In addition, the participants shared ideas on course development and
evaluation. The Gender Studies workshop focused on the importance of the gender component
in implementing current democratic and market reforms. Participants discussed various
aspects of gender relations in political, economic and social spheres. These workshops
were aimed at university lecturers, as well as some representatives of NGOs. Participants
commented on the collegiality and goodwill generated by the event and noted the importance
of such interaction in a region characterized by ongoing political tension. CEP Fellows
and staff also took an active role in Armenias first International Conference on
Higher Education, held in Yerevan in October. A former Visiting Faculty Fellow took a
large role in organizing the conference and CEP participants made presentations to the
"Time and again I think about my work
[in Armenia] and how much it meant to me. Working there, really working for CEP,
proved to be one of those rare watersheds
that transforms the whole way one,
at least I, think about life and
what I want to do and be. That is
something that I will forever be grateful for."
Visiting Lecturer Alumnus
In additition to these larger events, a wide range of
outreach activities took place at CEP host universities and in the local communities.
Fellows in the Caucasus were active in building local resource bases through extensive
book donations and involvement in the editing, translation and publication of journals,
books and other materials. A Georgian Local Faculty Fellows translation of The
Open Universe, an argument for indeterminism by Karl Popper, was donated to
universities and libraries across the country. A CEP Local Faculty Fellow at Yerevan State
University helped establish and now directs a legal clinic that provides much-needed
access to legal aid while also helping to educate and train Armenias future lawyers.
Visiting Faculty Fellows in Georgia and Armenia also worked closely with their departments
in developing teaching manuals and testing materials in economics
and area studies.
A Visiting Faculty Fellow in Tbilisi organized a very
popular weekly film and discussion series that drew a large following from the university
community. Fellows in Georgia participated as international observers for the OSCE and the
National Democratic Institute during Georgias parliamentary and presidential
They also prepared an election observation booklet with a checklist in order to help
prepare future observers. A number of Fellows alsolent their expertise and energy to local
organizations, offering workshops on Curriculum Vitae writing, interviewing and study
abroad and assisting in seminars and other events.
In 199900 CEP Central Asia continued its steady
growth with twenty-three full time Fellows working with twelve universities in Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. CEP initiated new university partnerships by placing Fellows at
selected provincial universities and carrying out a series of seminars and guest lectures
at these relatively isolated posts. The results were promising in both Samarkand and Osh,
where CEP plans to increase its presence in 200001. The program also included
students and faculty from Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in many of its events and
activities. This large and diverse region continues to present logistical challenges to
CEPs work and requires innovation in navigating the higher educational landscape.
Nevertheless, the dedicated team of Fellows and staff responded to this challenge with a
wide range of outreach activities in addition to their important work in the classroom.
The partnership with the American University in
Kyrgyzstan (AUK) continued through a special grant from the Higher Education Support
Program of the Open Society Institute. With six Visiting Faculty Fellows and three Local
Faculty Fellows at AUK, CEP has been able to play an important role in the development of
the university as a regional model for liberal social science education. The students have
responded to the efforts of CEP Fellows in impressive fashion. As an example, eight out of
nine graduating students from AUKs International and Comparative Politics
Department, which is staffed and led primarily by CEP Fellows, received scholarships for
graduate study in Europe or North America. In addition to teaching, CEP Fellows chair
departments, serve on Senate and faculty committees, advise the student newspaper and
provide numerous opportunities for AUK students to attend and participate in academic
events. AUK has been a very welcoming and supportive host for CEP, with the university
also serving as a base for CEP administration and a venue for several events.
CEP Central Asia began a concerted effort to address the
difficulties facing Central Asian higher education by actively and systematically
targeting reform-minded local faculty. These efforts focus on the most pressing needs of
academic work in the region teaching methods, research skills and curriculum
development. A first step was taken with the Teaching Methodologies conference held at AUK
in March 2000. This event brought together forty faculty members from five of the six
Central Asian countries. CEP plans to replicate these efforts with teaching workshops in
Dushanbe, Tajikistan in November 2000, and in Ulaanbaatar in March 2001. In Samarkand, CEP
Fellows conducted intensive seminars in sociology, philosophy and economics for faculty
members from across Uzbekistan. CEP Visiting Lecturers also led two workshops, one on
research skills and a second on curriculum development,
in Ulaanbaatar during the spring semester.
Innovation and achievement are also taking place within
the Local Faculty Fellow program. While the number of viable candidates remains relatively
small in Central Asia, participants in the program have an excellent record of
professional development. Half of these young scholars have received major awards in
Europe and the United States for post-graduate study, curriculum development, teaching and
research development through programs administered by ACTR-ACCELS, IREX, OSI, and the
Kennan Institute. CEP has ambitious plans to extend further its efforts to support local
university teachers in 200001. The Central Asia Scholarly Support Association
(CASSA) will offer targeted professional development and material support to academics who
lack the language skills or international experience required for the Local Faculty Fellow
Program. This initiative should help create a wider base of university faculty who possess
the pedagogical skills necessary for reform as well as the academic credibility necessary
for promotion within their institutions.
The heart of CEP Central Asia remains its work with
students both inside and outside the classroom. The success of these efforts can be seen
in the performance of student participants at the numerous conferences and events
organized both locally and regionally. In addition to the regional student conference in
Bishkek, "Central Asia in the International Arena," students had the opportunity
to participate in events such as an intensive political science summer school in Tashkent,
a gender studies conference in Osh, and law seminars in Almaty. In addition to being
unique learning opportunities, these events help break down the mutual misconceptions and
tensions which still prevail within the region. Next year, CEP, in cooperation with the
International Debate Educational Association, plans to host its first Central Asia Student
Debate Forum. Thirty-two students from the six republics will come together for a four-day
debate competition in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
All this has been made possible, of course, by the
commitment and efforts of the CEP Fellows and staff. CEP Central Asia is now regularly
called upon by other educational organizations in the region to assist in conferences,
lectures, and collaborative projects. In addition to their teaching, Fellows are planning
an impressive list of new projects for 200001, including a Central Asian journal and
a Central Asian Political Research Center. CEP Central Asia has developed into a true
team, working together with its colleagues, students and each other to meet the high
ideals which students are beginning to expect from their education.
Republic & Slovakia
The Czech and Slovak program supported two Visiting
Faculty Fellows in each country, four Local Faculty Fellows in the Czech Republic and
three in Slovakia. In 19992000 we worked with Comenius and Presov Universities and
the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Slovak Agricultural University. In the
Czech Republic, Fellows taught at Palacky, Charles and West Bohemia Universities.
A major innovation this year was a conference organized
by CEP for students from both the East and West. "The Regional Danube Conference:
What do we have in common?" was held in November in Bratislava, with students from
the University of Vienna, as well as Czech and Slovak universities.
Fruitful cooperation with the Department of Political
Sciences and European Studies at Palacky University continued. Visiting Lecturer Gaudenz
Assenza became coordinator for development of a new masters degree program in
public administration in cooperation with Valdosta State University, Georgia, U.S.A. He
also organized a Model United Nations Conference.
Following the introduction of moot court competitions at
the Law Faculty of WestBohemia University by CEP Visiting Faculty Fellows, student teams
have improved consistently every year. This year, Visiting Lecturer Andrew Lebman prepared
the team of students for moot courts in Leiden, Netherlands and in Prague.
Novicius, a joint program of junior faculty
development with Jan Hus Educational Foundation also continued this year, with CEP Fellows
helping junior faculty gain professional experience and further their academic careers.Thea
Vinnicombe, Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Management in Nitra was
co-organizer of an advanced seminar on internationalization based on the previous
seminar designed by Visiting Faculty
Fellow Norbert Hohl.
Using the CEP network, Fellows gave guest lectures
and taught courses at other institutions. Tomas Havlicek (Charles University)
co-taught a course with Patricia Langova at Presov University. Marek Rybar gave
a course at the Center for European Studies, Comenius University and tutored at the
Society of Higher Learning. David Reichardt taught at Comenius University and
Academia Istropolitana Nova. Many Fellows offered new courses, worked on research
projects, were involved in writing textbooks, coordinated international activities and
organized conferences. Jan Stejskal initiated a project to translate historical
documents for the web.
Students and Local Faculty Fellows participated in CEP
regional events: a historiography conference in Krakow, a student conference on European
integration and international security in Sofia and the International Student Conference
The academic year ended with a very successful panel on
education in Central Europe which CEP organized at the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and
Sciences Congress 2000 in August in Washington, D.C.
Beginning its program in 1992 with twelve Visiting
Faculty Fellows, CEP Hungary quickly discovered
that teaching new courses using innovative approaches was
a major contribution it could make to higher education. In 19992000, CEP Hungary
supported one Visiting Faculty Fellow and six Local Faculty Fellows at seven different
universities. Visiting Faculty Fellow Yusaf Akbar initiateda "road show"
addressing the most exciting issues of European Integration. His course companion is
available on the CEP website.
All Fellows were extremely active not only in teaching
and working closely with their students but also in initiating new projects. The following
projects were carried out:
- "Nation-building, Regionalism and Democracy:
Comparative Perspectives on Issues of Nationalism in Romania and Hungary," a
conference organized together with the Teleki Foundation, the CEU Nationalism Program and
the Central European Studies Center. (Zoltan Kantor)
- The Seventh Willem C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna. Students from the University of Miskolc
participated and a special one semester course was introduced to prepare the team.
- "Ethics and Visuality: Constructing Social
Space," a regional seminar and workshop organized jointly with the Unversity of Pecs.
- "Interpretation of Feudalism in the Historiography of
the End of the 20th Century," a conference and workshop organized jointly with the
History Department of the University of Miskolc. (Attila Barany)
- "Community Supported Agriculture," an
interdisciplinary workshop on sustainable rural communities organized jointly with the
Institute of Environmental Management of the St. Istvan University in Godollo. (Kinga
As a result of the National Human Rights Roundtable organized
in June 1999, CEP Hungary initiated a Human Rights Course for Social Workers at the
refugee camp in Debrecen. The training consisted of seminars and workshops at the campsite
in the areas of human rights, cultural anthropology and conflict management. The objective
of the training was to supplement the knowledge of the social workers and others working
The project was carried out in close cooperation with the UNHCR and the Office for Refugee
and Immigration Affairs(ORMA) of the Hungarian government. Given the very positive
feedback of the participants, the course will be extended to other refugee camps and a
strong community-building element will be added.
CEP Hungary has started strategic partnerships with two
other programs: Romaversitas,a university-level tutoring program for Roma students,
and the Democratic Youth Organization (DIA). CEP Hungary has committed itself to
help talented young academics of Roma origin to be successful in academia and will support
a Romaversitas graduate as an Local Faculty Fellow in the next academic year. The
cooperation with DIA is focussing on Community Service Learning. There will be joint
teacher training and the publication of a Teachers Guide to community service
In 19992000 the Polish CEP team numbered sixteen
Fellows nine Local Faculty Fellows and seven Visiting Faculty Fellows. In addition
to traditional CEP disciplines: law, sociology, history and public administration, they
taught disciplines which are quite new to both Poland and CEP Canadian studies and
One extremely important and successful project deserves
to be highlighted this year. After several years of preparation, CEP and the Faculty of
Management at Gdansk University launched a Certificate Course in Public Administration.
Students in the Certificate Course complete ten course units, consisting of classes,
seminars, tutorials and internships. The launch of the course represents a significant
shift in CEPs role at Gdansk University. Courses will be taught by local scholars,
so that it can continue without the assistance of Visiting Faculty Fellows.
To further strengthen the impact of the course, a public
administration student conference was held in December 1999 in Opole. The conference
included presentations by American students from Grand Valley State University as well as
students from Poland.
With the assistance of the Nordic Council of Ministers,
Visiting Lecturer Joost Platje organized a second annual environmental conference
in cooperation with the Department of Scandinavian Studies at Gdansk University. The
conference featured some thirty-five presentations from participants representing ountries
bordering on the Baltic Sea.
One of CEPs long-standing partners, the British
Centre for English and European Legal Studies
in Warsaw, has traditionally organized a moot court competition for teams from Central
Europe and Eurasia. This year the event took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Judges for the
competition were lawyers and law professors, including members of the House of Lords,
European Courts and former CEP lecturers.
CEP Local Faculty Fellows in legal studies organized a
symposium on the theory and practice of teaching law in Poland. Professors in law, bar
members, legal advisors, and law students came together to discuss the needs of legal
education in Poland and how are they being met by universities.
In the final weeks of the academic year, CEP, in
cooperation with the Körber Foundation, organized a history conference for faculty in
Krakow. The topic: "Writing and Rewriting History at the Turn of the Centuries"
was intended to answer some questions regarding the current state of the discipline in the
countries of the former communist countries. Over thirty professionals and academics from
the U.S., Central Europe and Eurasia participated (sixteen nationalitiesin all.) The
conference stimulated intense discussion and provided excellent presentations, some of
which are being prepared for publication.
"The conference showed that the younger
generation of historians in Eastern Europe
is interested in learning about new ideas and applying
new methods and that they are willing to engage in discussions with each other and with
their colleagues in the West."
Participant in the History Conference
The defining elements of CEP Romania during
19992000 were: teamwork, partnerships, participation and civic education. The
CEP Romania team was formed by twenty-three Fellows (eleven Eastern Scholars, five
Visiting Faculty Fellows, and seven in the Teaching Development Program) in the following
university centers: Baia Mare, Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, and Timisoara.
The distribution of CEP Fellows in "clusters"
was essential to promote teamwork and maximize the impact of CEP as an organization. It
worked best in Cluj, where we had four Eastern Scholars and one Visiting Faculty Fellow.
These Fellows organized the national student conference,"The End of the State?
Regionalism and Globalisation."
CEP contributed substantially to the
establishment of a new professional association, the Romanian Society of Political
Science, which organized its first conference in autumn 2000, with participants from
throughout Romania and abroad.
CEP Romania also initiated a new event: a conference for
junior academics entitled, "(In)Tolerance and (Co)Operation in Europe and the
EuroAtlantic Area." Organized in partnership with the Romanian Academic
Society and supported by NATO and the American Embassy, the conference provided an
opportunity for junior academics to present research and make contacts with people with
similar interests. Academics from eleven countries participated, and selected papers are
being published. Two Local Faculty Fellows supported by the German Marshall Fund
participated in the research activity of the Institute for Political and Economic
Research. "The Accountability of Ministers in a Comparative Law Perspective" and
"The Romanian Strategy Towards Foreign Direct Investment" were their research
In keeping with its civic education ties, CEP Romania
assisted in the organization of a public demonstration against domestic violence. The
demonstration was considered the first successful civil rights action in post-communist
Finally, CEP Romania launched the Romanian Journal of
Liberal Arts (following the first two issues the journal was renamed Romanian
Journal of Society and Politics.) The initiator and editor of this journal was Yasmin
Lodi, academic coordinator and the longest serving Visiting Faculty Fellow in Romania.
In 19992000 CEP Russia had eight Visiting Faculty
Fellows and twenty-two Local Faculty Fellows working in eighteen universities throughout
the country. The program encouraged teams of Fellows to collaborate on academic projects
and professional development. Concentrating Fellows into teams focused on outreach also
allows CEP to promote more effectively its Teaching Development Program, which introduces
methods such as team teaching, teacher shadowing, and guest lecturing. In addition, CEP
Russia took important steps toward developing its network and activities to better serve
the needs of the increasing number of Local Faculty Fellow alumni.
As it attempts to direct limited resources toward some of
the countrys most pressing higher education needs, CEP Russia seeks program guidance
from its Advisory Board. In 199900, the Advisory Board played an important role in
planning CEP Russias Eastern Scholar Alumni Association. In addition, they made site
visits to host universities of CEP Fellows and provided invaluable feedback on how CEP can
most effectively support these individuals and improve cooperation with their departments.
Board was actively involved in evaluating and selecting a
promising group of Local Faculty Fellows for the 200001 academic year.
In October 1999 the CEP Russia Local Faculty Fellow
Alumni Association (ESAA) was born. ESAA is designed to advance the academic work of
former Local Faculty Fellows and promote the mission of CEP through its alumni. It expects
to award grants for academic projects and provide a forum for interaction and
collaboration among young scholars. This initiative may also serve as a model for such
associations in other CEP country programs. The ESAA is creating a website that will
provide links to valuable sources of academic and professional information and will
facilitate the ESAA small grants program. The website will also offer a bulletin board for
discussion on topics of interest. An electronic journal in which articles can be
circulated and posted for comment is also planned. The OSI University Internet Center in
Yaroslavl has agreed to host the web site.
CEP Russia maintained its tradition of active student
participation and achievement in academic conferences. The 2000 CEP Russia Regional
Student Conference, "New National Leadership: The Institution of the Presidency
in Post-Soviet Countries," was held in Tomsk. Some forty students from Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Central Asia participated. Lively debate followed the
presentations at the conference, which focused on an issue of great importance and
controversy in most countries
of Eurasia. Outstanding papers from the conference were collected, published and
distributed. Fellows also had unprecedented success in encouraging their students to
participate in CEP conferences abroad, sending students to conferences in Sofia, Tbilisi,
Tartu, Minsk, Bucharest, Bishkek, and Budapest.
CEP Russia Fellows also continued their involvement in
training students for moot court competitions. CEP teams from Yoshkar-Ola, Nizhny
Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Omsk traveled to Ljubljana, Slovenia to compete in the Central
and East European Moot Court Competition. A CEP Local Faculty Fellow-led team from Mari
State University won the Russia Telders Moot Court competition and represented the country
at the Telders Finals in Holland. Another successful initiative that continued from the
previous year was a series of UN Security Council Simulations presented in Omsk, Tomsk and
Yekaterinburg by a CEP Visiting Faculty Fellow. These simulations introduced students to
human rights issues and the UN decision making process, while exposing them to methods of
Outreach activitites in Russia also extend to local
communities. An Local Faculty Fellow recently assumed full supervision of The Center
for Rights Protection, a legal clinic in Novosibirsk that started as a collaborative
effort among CEP Visiting Faculty Fellows and Local Faculty Fellows. At the clinic, fourth
and fifth year law students provide free legal consultations to members of the community.
The Human Rights Educational Initiative (HREI) is another example of collaboration among
CEP Fellows. A Visiting Faculty Fellow in Tyumen initiated the project in 1998 and several
CEP Fellows have since contributed to its continuation and achievements. The aim of the
HREI is to help communities embrace the concept of human rights through a series of
educational initiatives. As an example, a newspaper entitled The Challenge, devoted
to issues of human rights is being issued in two languages, English and Russian, by a
group of former CEP students.
Representatives of NGOs, companies and other
organizations working in Russia regularly participate in CEP events. CEP staff and Fellows
likewise participate in many activities of other organizations. This network of partners
has led to important information exchange, as well as resource sharing and innovative
cooperation. Thousands of students and young scholars have benefited from CEP partnerships
and cooperation with OSI, Bosch Foundation, Ford Foundation, British Council, CEU,
ABA-CEELI, IREX, Red Cross and other organizations. Opportunities for such cooperation
should increase as the Local Faculty Fellow Alumni Association develops and provides an
organizing mechanism for CEPs former Fellows in Russia.
In order to better respond to the outreach and academic
interests of Fellows and prepare the program for 200001, CEP Russia organized a
competition for support of small projects among its Fellows. Examples of projects selected
for support include: an environmental education summer school in St. Petersburg; a
security studies seminar and distance learning course based in Yaroslavl; and a student
conference in Sakhalin entitled, "Regional Identity at the Turn of the
Millenium." By identifying these projects in advance and coordinating its human and
material resources in this manner, CEP Russia looks forward to an even more productive
year of outreach activities in 200001.
CEP alumni are growing in numbers and involvement with
CEP every year. We now have approximately 522 Visiting Faculty Fellow alumni and 128
Eastern Scholar alumni. The vast majority of the Local Faculty Fellow alumni are still
active in academia, demonstrating the commitment that they initially showed when they were
first interviewed by CEP. Visiting Lecturer alumni are active in academia, government,
business and other non-profit organizations. Many of them continue to work in the region
in which CEP is active; and some have become active in partnershipsbetween their new
organizations and CEP.
CEP has developed a separate site on the CEP webpage for
our alumni to register, to maintain contact with one another and to donate books or to
cooperate with CEP Fellows in other ways. We welcome the active support and involvement of
all our alumni.
Visiting Faculty Fellow Alumni Activities
Former Visiting Faculty Fellows remain actively involved
in university teaching, NGO work and other endeavors that have grown out of their service
with CEP. Many remain in touch with their host universities and former students. Some of
Andrew (Sandy) Askland, (Lithuania, 199394)
Associate Director at the Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology, College of
Law, Arizona State University.
Allen and Elizabeth Bellas (Bulgaria,
199293) Allen teaches in the Department of Economics and the Evans School of Public
Affairs at the University of Washington; Elizabeth works for Getty Images.
Elaine Chang, (Hungary, 199293) International
Development Programs, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.
Terrence Cook (Slovakia, 199394) has
completed the book he began while teaching with CEP, The Rise and Fall of Regimes:
Toward A Grand Theory of Politics.
Douglas Crowe (Czech Republic, 199295)
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Last year he received the Founders Day Anniversary
Award for his contributions to Mendel University.
Taylor Dark (Ukraine, 199394;
Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha
University in Kyoto; recently published a book with Cornell University Press entitled The
Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance.
Fred Foldvary (Latvia, 199293) Santa
Clara University, California; wrote a Dictionary of Free-Market Economics, published
in 1998, with a German edition just published.
Marvin Nowicki (Kazakhstan, 199596) Ph.D.
in Political Science; returned to Kazakhstan
in 199899 on a Fulbright fellowship.
Joyce Gleason (Ukraine, 199596) taught
economics at Kiev Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), in 19992000 on a Fulbright fellowship.
John Mueller (Slovakia, 199394) Woody
Hayes Chair in National Security Studies at the Mershon
Center, Ohio State University; seven
publications that grew out of the CEP experience.
Michael Sassarini (Estonia, 199293; Latvia,
199394) Director of Investment Banking for Chase Manhattan Bank in Moscow.
Jennifer Shea (Georgia, 199899) Share Our
Strength, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to alleviate
hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad.
Erika Wilkens (Lithuania, 199899) enrolled in a
Ph.D. program in political science at Syracuse University, N.Y., in the Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Local Faculty Fellow Alumni Activities
The links created by and among Local Faculty Fellows
benefit their professional activities and remain
as lasting connections for many years following the CEP fellowship. Local Faculty Fellow
alumni are active initiators and participants of CEP outreach projects in their countries
and beyond their borders. While most Local Faculty Fellow alumni continue teaching
full-time at their home universities, some have occupied important administrative
positions at their institutions: Artis Pabriks, Rector of Vidzeme University
College, Valmiera, Latvia; Juliana Fuga, Head of the Civil Law Department at the
University of Tirana, Albania; Oleg Sidorov, Assistant Dean at Law Faculty, Mari
State University, Russia; Liliana Tymchenko, Head of the International Law
Department at Kharkiv Institute of Humanities, Ukraine.
Some, while continuing teaching, have
kept their affiliation with CEP as administrators and advisors:
Larissa Deriglazova, Deputy Country Director, CEP
Russia; Lusine Hovhannisian, Academic Coordinator, CEP Caucasus; Dildora
Abidjanova, Program Coordinator, CEP Uzbekistan; Nikolai Petroukovitch,
Academic and Program Coordinator, CEP Belarus; Liliana Popescu, Country Director,
Many have received prestigious scholarships and currently
study for advanced academic degrees in the West.
In Russia, Local Faculty Fellow alumni have formed a CEP
Alumni Association. This Association will disseminate information about CEP activities,
special grants programs for CEP alumni, information of interest within specific academic
disciplines and announcements of opportunities for professional enhancement. The
Association is developing a website that all Russian Local Faculty Fellow alumni will be
able to access and to which they may in turn contribute. This fledgling CEP Alumni
Association is inspiring groups of Eastern Scholars and alumni in other countries also to
establish such organizations as a way to strengthen and make the activities of this
extensive network more effective.
The CEP Discussion Series, a
periodical publication, started as a consequence of the Local Faculty Fellows Roundtable
in spring 1999. Aimed at promoting international discussion of the issues of higher
education reform in the post-communist countries, the CEP Discussion Series
actively draws on the Local Faculty Fellow alumni in representing and assessing the
systems of higher education and reform efforts in their countries.
CEP continues supportingEFFalumni and their departments
in all countries through a library collection development project, and through small
grants programs that provide resources for academic projects created and carried out by
these alumni. In every country there are numerous examples of such projects. Some of them
include: designing a course and writing a textbook in public policy (Elena Melnikova, Belarus);
organizing a national moot court competition (Oleg Sidorov, Russia), national
student conference (Nikolai Petroukovitch, Belarus) and local student conference
(Irina Taranenko, Ukraine); conducting a series of workshops on the methods of
sociological research for media, business and social workers (Dmitry Tselok, Nikolai
CEP Discussion Series
The CEP Discussion Series, a periodical publication
started as a consequence of the Local Faculty Fellows Roundtable in spring 1999 and aimed
at promoting international discussion of the issues of higher education reform in the
post-communist countries, actively draws on the Local Faculty Fellow alumni in
representing and assessing the systems of higher education and reform efforts in their
countries. In 19992000 three Local Faculty Fellow alumni published their reports
within the Discussion Series: "Euro-Shape and Local Content: The Bottom Line on
Romanian Higher Education Reform" (Bogdan Chiritoiu and
Alexandra Horobet, Romania), "Progress
and Issues of Reforming Social Science Curricula in Ukraine"
(Elena Kovaleva, Ukraine) and "Social
Sciences and Higher Education in Belarus: Need and Potential for Reform" (Nikolai
CEP continues supportingEFFalumni and their departments
in all countries through a library collection development project, and through small
grants programs that provide resources for academic projects created and carried out by
these alumni. Examples of such projects include designing a course and writing a textbook
in Public Policy (Elena Melnikova, Belarus), organizing a national moot court
competition (Oleg Sidorov, Russia), national student conference (Nikolai
Petroukovitch, Belarus) and local student conference
(Irina Taranenko, Ukraine), conducting series of
workshops in methods of sociological research for media, business and social workers (Dmitry
Tselok, Nikolai Petroukovitch, Belarus) and others.
The Stephen R.
Since its inception in 1996, the Local Faculty Fellow
Program has quickly become a primary focus
of CEPs programs. This generation of young academics represents the future of social
science education in the region and its best hope for effective and sustainable reform.
Recognizing the special contribution of these scholars to CEPs mission, the Board of
Directors established and endowed the Stephen R. Grand Award in academic year
199899. This award is presented annually to outstanding participants
in the Local Faculty Fellow Program. It recognizes scholarly achievement, contribution to
the process of social science reform, and active involvement in the development of CEP
programs and events. The Award honors Dr. Stephen R. Grand, the founder and long
time Chair of the Board of Directors of the Civic Education Project, for his distinct role
in the reform efforts at universities in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
"What is most critical to the long term health of
a democracy is the development of individuals who can think and act independently,
individuals who are capable of processing the wealth of information that exists in this
information age and arriving at informed judgements, with the skills and self-confidence
to act upon these judgements. Ultimately the critical intellectual, the social activist
and the informed citizens constitute the most effective guarantors of a prosperous
Stephen R. Grand
Founder and Member of
CEP Board of Directors
The awards were presented by CEP President Donna
Culpepper at the 2000 International Student Conference in Budapest. Winners for the
19992000 academic year were:
American University of Kyrgyzstan
Previously a lecturer in political science at Semey State
University in Semipalatinsk, Kazakstan, Galina joined the faculty at AUK in the fall of
1999. She has been a leader among the Eastern Scholars in Central Asia, actively involved
in both professional development and outreach activities. She led sessions at several
faculty training workshops and particpated in CEPs Local Faculty Fellow Roundtable,
"Brain Gain: Sustaining Young Social Scientists in Post-Communist Countries" in
Budapest. She was recently appointed co-chair of the Department of International and
Comparative Politics at AUK.
Armenian Open University and Yerevan State University
In addition to teaching at two universities, Lusine has
taken an active role in human rights education through her activities with CEP and other
NGOs. She also works as consultant on the implementation of the Partnership and
Cooperation Agreement between Armenia and the European Union. Lusine helped establish and
now directs the Yerevan State University law clinic, the first of its kind in Armenia. The
clinic provides disadvantaged individuals access to legal services while helping to train
and educate Armenias future lawyers. Lusine also represented the Caucasus program at
the "Brain Gain" Roundtable in Budapest and will serve as the Academic
Coordinator for CEPs program in Armenia during academic year 200001.
Tomsk State University, Russia
Alla has developed and introduced several new courses at
the Department of International Relations at Tomsk State University. Her course
"Sociology of International Relations" was awarded second prize in an all-Russia
course development competition sponsored by the Moscow Public Science Foundation. Alla has
also been extremely active in CEP outreach activities and has an outstanding record of
student particpation in CEP events. She was a delegate to the "Brain Gain"
Roundtable and will continue to work actively with CEP projects as an alumna, including
the regional student conference scheduled to take place in Tomsk
in spring 2001.
Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Elena teaches at the Department of Economics and Law and
is actively involved in improving the quality of economics education in Russia,
particularly at the secondary school level. She has particpated in a number of seminars
and workshops for teachers and has been involved in the production of materials for
courses on economics. Together with a CEP Visting Lecturer, Elena helped establish a legal
clinic that has been operating successfully for the last two years at Novosibirsk State
University. Despitea very heavy teaching load, Elena has managed to co-author two books
and publish several articles over the last two years.
Recommendations and Proceedings: Brain
Gain: Sustaining Young Social Scientists in Post-Communist Countries, Eastern Scholars
Roundtable, Budapest, 2000.
Exploring Gender Issues in the Caucasus,
edited by Paulina M. Hallam and Barbara J. Merguerian, CEP Caucasus, 2000.
CEPRussia 19942000, History of the
Civic Education Project in Russia, Moscow, 2000.
Participation and Transparency at the Turn of the
Century, selected papers,
CEP International Student Conference.
Annual Report July 1, 1998June 30, 1999, Budapest,
Selected papers of the international conference (In)Tolerance
and (Co)Operation in Europe and the Euroatlantic Area, Bucharest, February 2000.
Danube Regional Conference: What Do We
Have in Common? conference papers, Slovak-Czech- Austrian Student Conference,
Bratislava, November 2000.
The Caucasus: Challenges and Opportunities,
selected conference papers, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 1999.
Education Across Borders: International Cooperation
and Local Potential for Social Science Reform in Central, Eastern Europe and the NIS, Second
Annual CEP Eastern Scholars Roundtable, Lviv, Ukraine, May 1999.
Case Studies: Writing and Applications in Social
Science Teaching, Methodology Workshop, Second Annual CEP Local Faculty Fellows
Roundtable, May 1999.
Between Fear of the Future and Nostalgia for the Past:
Social Exhaustion and Reform in Post-communist Societies at the Dawn of the 21st Century,
selected conference papers from the Fifth Annual CEP Russia Student Conference, St.
Petersburg, Russia, May 1999.
Commemorative Issue for the Artistic Career of Traian
Hrisca. Muzeul de Arta Baia Mare, CEP Romania, 1999.
Development Issues in Central Asia,conference
papers, CEP Central Asia, 1999.
Selected Conference Papers from CEP Central Asia
Regional Student Conferences, CEP Central Asia, 1999.
Ten Years After: Moving Forward...Looking Back? selected
CEP International Student Conference, Budapest, 1999.
The Caucasus at the End of the
Way Ahead; selected papers, Caucasus
Student Conference, November 1999.
XXIst Century: (Dis)Integrating Communities,
Individuals, and Institutions, selected conference papers, Sixth Annual Student
Conference, CEP Romania, March 1998.
Teaching Strategies in Higher Education: The Role of
Innovation, Proceedings of the Second Regional Workshop, CEP Hungary, Szeged, Hungary,
Annual Report: 199798 Academic Year CEP
Ukraine/Moldova/Belarus. June 1998.
Bulgarian Higher Education and Universities in the
Years of Transition: CEP Presence and Future Development in Bulgaria, selected
conference papers, CEP Bulgaria, June 1998.
Assessing Reform in the Emerging World Order: Lessons
for the 21st Century, selected conference papers, CEP International Student
Conference, Budapest, 1998.
Social Change and Legal Reform: the Development of
Civil Society, Democratic Culture, and the Rule of Law, selected conference papers
from the Fourth Annual CEP Russia Student Conference, Tyumen, Russia, 1998.
Education for the Transition: Part I.
International Cooperation in Social Science Higher Education in Central and Eastern
Europe, A Conference Report. March 1997.
Education for the Transition: Part II. Social
Science Teaching at Central and East European Universities, A Needs Assessment. March
Education for the Transition: Part III. Higher
Education Policy in Central and Eastern Europe, Country Reports. March 1997.
The Way Ahead: Choices in Transformation, selected
conference papers, CEP International Student Conference, Budapest, 1997.
Active Learning Strategies for Higher Education,
Proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Higher Education, CEP Hungary, JATEPress, Szeged,
Economic and Social Change: A Question of Balance,
selected conference papers, CEP Baltics Student Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 1997.
Social Institutions and Values in Transition
Societies, selected conference papers from the Third Annual CEP Russia Student
Conference, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, 1997.
Facing the Future A Proposal for Romania,
selected conference papers, Fifth Annual Student Conf., CEP Romania, 1996.
Toward the 21st Century: Transformations and Trends in
the Baltics, selected conference papers, CEP Baltics Student Conference, Jelgava,
Confronting New Realities: The Impact of Reform,
selected conference papers, CEP
International Student Conf., Budapest,
Romania Today, Issues for Tomorrow, selected
conference papers, Fourth Annual Student Conference, CEP Romania, December 1995.
Toward a Theory of Nationalism:
Cross-cultural Perspectives, selected conference papers, CEP Hungary, JATEPress, Szeged,
Assessing the Impact of Book &
Journal Donations to Central & Eastern Europe, CEP, 1994.
CEP Newsletter, Vols. 15.
CEP Newsletter Bulgaria.
CEP Newsletter Caucasus.
CEP Newsletter Hungary.
CEP Newsletter Romania.
Discussion Series, Volume 1, Number 1.
1999. Euro-Shape and Local Content:
The Bottom Line on Romanian Higher Education Reform by Alexandra Horobet
and Bogdan Chiritoiu.
Discussion Series, Volume 1, Number 2.
1999. Transformation of the Hungarian Higher Education System in the 1990s
by Ildiko Hrubos.
Discussion Series, Volume 1, Number 3.
2000. Progress and Issues of Reforming Social Science Curricula in Ukraine by Elena
Discussion Series, Volume 1, Number 4.
2000. A Review of the System of Higher Education in Bulgaria by Nikolay Popov.
Discussion Series, Volume 1, Number 5.
2000. Social Sciences and Higher Education
in Belarus: Need and Potential for Reform
by Nikolay Petroukovich.
Romanian Journal of Liberal Arts. Volume 1, Number
1, January 1999.
Scholarship Opportunities, CEP Ukraine, Kyiv,
Ukraine, Vols. 15.
List of Contributors
- AIG Starr Foundation
- American Bar Association Central and East European Law
- American University of Kyrgyzstan
- Central European University
- Delegation of the European Commission to Bulgaria
- European Commission
- European Cultural Foundation
- German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
- German Rectors Conference
- Higher Education Support Program
- Jewish Communal Fund
- Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
- Juris Angliae Scientia
- Körber Foundation
- Ministry of Education Hungary
- Mongolia Open Society Foundation
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Network Library Program
- Open Society Institute
- PaineWebber Group, Inc.
- Robert Bosch Stiftung
- Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
- United States Embassy Bulgaria
- United States Embassy Poland
- United States Embassy Romania
- U.S. Institute of Peace
- U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural
- Individual Donors
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