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Past Projects





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Regional Seminar on Recent History

The First Regional Seminar on Recent History (RSRH) has been launched in 2003/4 academic year, following a period of substantial upgrading of the "history component" at CEU through, amongst others, the establishment of Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies in April 2002 as the core of an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of research, education, media, publishing, advocacy, and policy specialists under the lead of Prof. Sorin Antohi. The First Regional Seminar on Recent History is intended to combine its regional focus with a global scholarly outlook and to combine the efforts related to the Regional Seminar with the development of substantial research and teaching perspectives. The overall theme of the Regional Seminars will focus on recent history teaching, research, and textbooks; history and memory; and new theoretical approaches.

The objectives of the RSRH
  • Creating a comprehensive database on recent history in Central and Eastern Europe, available in all languages of the region
  • Information sharing with the Open Society Archives: promoting exchange of ideas, insights, experiences and skills between researchers as well as cooperating in the disbursement of newly developed materials on recent history
  • Benchmarking: creating a regional network of experts in the field of education, training, research and teaching that will allow participants to act as consultants and advisors in the future in CEU target countries, especially in Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Applying regional research to the classroom by means of upgrading skills in the field of methodological and theoretical analysis from a regional perspective
  • Communicating regional research conclusions with society as a whole
  • Forging strategic partnerships with selected institutions in the region

The Seminar is composed of two, three-day workshops, interrelated, but each with a distinctive theme.

Past workshops:

12-14 March 2004
Recent History: The State of the Art

20 October 2004
Recent History: The State of the Art. Discussion and Debate of the Country Reports

18-20 March 2005
Social (Trans)formations in East-Central Europe, 1918-1968.

18-20 November 2005
Social History in East-Central Europe: Regional Perspectives in a Global Context

SPO is responsible for managing the RSRH grant and liaise with HESP on behalf of CEU. Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studies organizes the events and is responsible for the contents of the workshops.

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Joint Economics Project (JEP)


Application Guidelines

Program Description: The Joint Economics Project, funded by the Higher Education Support Program, is designed to increase exchange between scholars of the Economics Departments of Central European University (CEU), Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) for the purpose of developing and adding new courses in applied microeconomics to HSE and NSU curricula, involving faculty members in empirical research, and allowing advanced students and faculty to attend courses at CEU.

Eligibility: Study visits to CEU within the Joint Economics Project are available to faculty members and students of HSE and NSU studying at Economics Departments who

  • have good knowledge of English
  • are teaching courses in (applied) microeconomics or
  • are taking courses in (applied) microeconomics
  • and/or are interested in developing common research

Application Process: Applicants have to get acquainted with the course offerings from the MA and PhD Programs of CEU's Economics Department if they apply for attending a course, and with the faculty profile for possible supervision if they apply for a research visit. Prior to coming to Budapest, potential applicants should establish email communication with CEU faculty whom they wish to consult during their research visit.

Generally, faculty members and students can visit CEU for up to 4 weeks (longer stays are possible) to attend an Economics Department course or conduct research under the guidance of CEU faculty. Selected faculty members and students will be reimbursed for their travel expenses, visa fees, health insurance, travel pass for public transport and per diem. Guests will also be provided with accommodation in CEU's Residence and Conference Center (please see Financial Guidelines).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and can be sent any time. Please note that due to the time required for consideration, processing, and visa, it is advisable to apply at least 8 weeks in advance of the beginning of the visit. Applications should be sent to Special Projects Office (econ@ceu.hu), written eligibly in English. SPO accepts applications by fax or email (recommendations should be either scanned or sent directly through the email account of the person providing it). SPO may conduct a short (5-10 min.) telephone interview with the applicant to verify his/her level of English.

Applicants should apply for a visit to CEU for the period between September 19 - December 7, January 9 - June 15. Decisions on applications will be made by Committees of participating institutions and will be announced within 5 weeks after the application.

Preference will be given to more advanced students, to those with a clear, specific interest in a particular course, and to those with a strong motivation in the area of applied micro (as opposed to macro, pure theory, and pure econometrics). Reference letter letters will be most helpful if they address the specific courses and interests in applied micro of the applying student.

Application instructions for faculty:
  1. Complete the application form for faculty.
  2. Attach a 1-page cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the Program. In case of study visits, you should outline the course you want to attend and for research stays you should explain how you plan to conduct your research at CEU (which faculty member do you plan to work with, which library resources do you plan to use, and other relevant information).
Application instructions for students:
  1. Complete the application form for students.
  2. Attach a 1-page cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the Program and outlining the course you want to attend. In exceptional cases, if you want to apply for a research stay, you should explain how you plan to conduct your research at CEU (which faculty member do you plan to work with, which library resources do you plan to use, and other relevant information).
  3. Attach transcript. It should be scanned copy of original documents in Russian, which shows your grades during your studies. This should be the record-book ("zachetka") and/or the loose leaf from higher education diploma ("vkladysh") for graduates and post-graduates. The documents should be accompanied by English translation, not necessarily certified.
  4. 1. Letter of recommendation from your Economics teacher in English or in Russian, with attached translation. This should be emailed directly to Leila Tanayeva


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Preparatory Writing Course (PWC)

The Preparatory Academic Writing Course is a pilot project which integrates several components of the Soros network in Central Asia and the Caucasus. PWC aims to assist students in these regions with developing English language skills and with improving their academic writing and critical thinking capabilities.

A consortium consisting of Network Scholarship Program (NSP), Soros Professional English Language Teaching Program (SPELT) Civic Education Project (CEP), Higher Education Support Program (HESP), and Central European University (CEU) was established to fund, manage, and undertake training. SPO is mainly involved in providing administrative support and advice.

Stage one - preparatory classes administered by CEP fellows and SPELT trainers in selected cities in the region - took place in the spring of 2003. Stage two - a one-month summer school at lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan - was held in July 2003 and involved 70 students and 16 teachers and trainers. Due to the success of the pilot project, preparations are now under way for next year's event.

For further information, please contact your local CEP fellow, CEP office, SPELT trainer, CEU coordinator, or Soros Foundation.




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Higher Education Support for Albania (HESA)


SPO in partnership with the Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA) has started a project with the main aim to provide support to Higher Education in Albania in the fields of social sciences and humanities.

SPO support is concentrated around the areas of expertise within SEP and CEU academic departments. Examples are:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Degree Design and Credit Systems
  • Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Research Methodology
  • Teaching Methodology

The first concrete activities related to HESA involve cooperation and possible twining between the European Studies Masters Program of University of Tirana and CEU's International Relations and European Studies (IRES) Department.




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Public Lectures on Higher Education Policy


SEP/SPO in close cooperation with HESP has started organizing a series of guest Lectures on Higher Education Policy at CEU. The lectures are open to the whole CEU community and outside guests.


February 23rd , 2004

Beyond Knowledge Management: A Neo-Classical Defense of the University for the 21st Century
by
Steve William Fuller

Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Steve William Fuller received his B.A. from Columbia University, his M.Phil. from Cambridge University and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the field of History and Philosophy of Science. Before his appointment at Warwick, he was Professor of Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Durham and Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Fuller has received a wide range of academic and professional awards and honors. He is the founding editor of the "Social Epistemology" journal and the author of a number of influential books, including: The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society; Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times; Knowledge Management Foundations.



December 11th, 2003

Closing the Divide Between Russian Higher Education and Research: Efforts at Reform
by
Loren Graham and Irina Dezhina

Introduction by William Newton-Smith

Loren R. Graham: Professor Graham received his B.S. from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was Professor of History at Columbia University from 1972 to 1978, when he became Professor of the History of Science at MIT. He has received Woodrow Wilson, Danforth, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Fellowships. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Executive Committee of the Davis Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Graham has also served as a member of the advisory board of the International Science Foundation, an initiative supported by Mr. George Soros. His research focuses on the history of science in Russia and the Soviet Union in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of numerous books, including: Science in Russia and the Soviet Union (1993), The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union (1993), and What We Have Learned About Science and Technology from the Russian Experience (1998).

Irina G. Dezhina: Dr. Dezhina is Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for the Economy in Transition, Moscow. She received her Ph.D. in economics and was a regional exchange scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies and a Fulbright scholar at the Program "Science, Technology, and Society", Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She worked as a science policy analyst at Stanford Research Institute International. Dr. Dezhina is a consultant for the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, and is also affiliated with the Center of Science Studies (Naukovedeniya) of the Institute of the History of Science and Technology of the RAS.




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Palestinian Rule of Law Program

In July 2003, the Special Projects Office of CEU's Special and Extension Programs welcomed ten students from Palestine, one from Tu r k e y and one from Indonesia to a new graduate preparation course, especially designed for the students' future needs, with access to SUN courses ("Global Public Service Lawyering" and "Global Perspectives on Appropriate Dispute Resolution") and three complementary courses on Legal Writing, Academic Writing, and Legal Te r m i n o l o g y. The students had been brought to CEU in partnership with the Network Scholarships Program of the Open Society Institute, who funded the program and the follow-up scholarships for MA studies. Though the course was highly intensive, study at CEU for some was a pleasurable relief after the difficulties of exiting Gaza during a turbulent period. All were reminded of the relevance of their future careers during conversations they were able to have with President and Rector, Yehuda Elkana, members of the CEU Department of Legal Studies, and OSI representatives.


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