Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
The Baltic States ó Introduction
Since 1992, over 100 CEP Fellows from Western Europe, North America, the Baltic States, Asia, and Africa have taught various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences at eight state universities in the region. These universities include Tartu University and Tallinn Pedagogical University in Estonia, Latvian University, Jelgava Agricultural University and Valmiera University College in Latvia, and Vytautas Magnus, Lithuanian Agricultural, Kaunas Technological and Vilnius University in Lithuania. Most CEP courses in the Baltic States are in the disciplines of International Law, Public Finance, International Relations and several courses in Sociology. CEP fellows teach essential elective courses not usually offered by Baltic professors and not included in the official curricula.
For the 1999-2000 academic year, CEP supported four Visiting Faculty Fellows and eight Local Faculty Fellows at eight universities in the region. For the current year, CEP once again provides support for eight Local Faculty Fellows.
The Local Faculty Fellow Program
Local Faculty Fellows were first supported by CEP's Baltics program during the 1996-97 academic year and now are now the centerpiece of CEPís program of promoting higher education reform at universities throughout the region. Local Faculty Fellows implement interactive methods of teaching, developing courses and curricula and devise outreach projects and other activities involving students and fellow scholars and teachers. For the current academic year, CEP Baltic States has suspended its Visiting Faculty Fellow Program in favor of widening its support for Local Faculty Fellows.
Outreach Activities: National and Regional CEP Projects
CEP Fellows involve themselves outside the classroom in a number of outreach programs. These include coaching moot court teams in competitions across Europe, participation in Euro-Faculty workshops, and book donation initiatives. In the past, CEP Fellows helped promote accreditation efforts for institutes of higher education and monitored elections in Lithuania. CEP Fellows have offered extra classes and a Tort Law Post Graduate Summer School and contributed to the English language version of the University of Latvia's Human Rights Journal.
The joint CEP and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Human Resources Conference was held in Kaunas in December 1999. The conference, initiated by Erika Wilkens CEP Visiting Faculty Fellow at Vytauta Magnus University, was fully funded by UNDP. The participants came from Lithuania and Latvia and were primarily those students who have taken the UNDP-sponsored human development classes. The idea for the conference organization was to enable political science and sociology students to assess their future employment possibilities. Representatives from several companies and ministries (Baltic Data Service, ELTA, BNS) took part in the conference and gave presentations. The students, especially those who do not work outside the universities on a daily basis, but instead devote their time to studies, came away from this practical introduction to the workplace with more confidence about their own futures.
6th International Baltic Student Conference, "Lights and Shadows of the Post Communism" took place in March, 2000 in Tartu. Funded by the Royal Dutch Embassy, Cologne and Generale Re Insurance Company, Baltic Tours Inc., the University of Tartu, and the Estonian Ministry of Education, this was the most international conference ever held in the Baltics. The success of the conference was measured by the students' enthusiastic response, active participation and taking the initiative to organize another conference this year.
Universities Hosting CEP Fellows