|From the Civic Education Project
Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 1995
the 1995-96 academic year, CEP will establish new
pilot programs in Belarus and Kazakhstan. Several
institutions in both countries expressed interest
in cooperation with CEP last fall and, soon
after, trips were made to assess university needs
and interests with local representatives.
Interested lecturers were recruited and
preparations have since been made for their
arrival in the fall.
The European Humanitarian University (EHU) in
Minsk will be hosting a lecturer in history and
one in economics. The first private higher
education institution in Minsk, EHU offers its
students specializations in the social sciences
and humanities. Although it is still young and
relatively-small, it has attracted attention by
offering an alternative to the standard
curriculum available at Belarus State University.
CEP lecturers will work alongside other Western
faculty to help train, as EHU's Vice-Rector,
Vladimir Dounaev, comments, "the new
intellectual, political, and economic elite in
In Almaty, CEP will work with the Kazakhstan
Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic
Research (KIMEP), a graduate training center.
Relying on a faculty that is exclusively
Western-trained and sponsored, KIMEP has a
mandate from the President of Kazakhstan to
assist in the training of the next generation of
economists, business leaders, and civil servants.
While CEP does not normally place lecturers at
institutions with such a predominate Western
presence, working with KIMEP will provide CEP
with an opportunity to develop public
administration curricula which responds
effectively to the specific needs of Kazakhstan.
The three CEP lecturers will, in particular,
provide the core of the program in public
administration and bolster the Master's in
Economics program which is headed by Dr. Stephen
Baba, a former CEP lecturer in Ukraine. Almaty
will represent CEP's easternmost site and its
first entry into Central Asia.