Externally Funded Programs

Funded by US Russia Foundation
Exchange partner: International Market Institute, Samara, Russia
Funded under: Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Rule of Law Program
Program dates: 2010-2011
This grant supported two seminars held in Samara and one in Pittsburgh, involving Pitt and IMI faculty members and local government officials from the Samara region. The government officials received practical training on increasing the effectiveness of local governments in supporting regional economic development, including a week of intensive training in Pittsburgh organized by REES and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. At the conclusion of the project, Pitt and IMI faculty developed a handbook on best practices for dissemination to local governments throughout Russia.

Funded by Higher Education for Development/USAID
Exchange partner: University of Pristina (Kosovo)
Funded under: Collaborative Partnership Program
Program dates: 2008-2011

REES and the Graduate Telecommunications and Networking Program of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences worked with the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pristina to establish a program of study in telecommunications based on experiential learning. Pitt faculty worked with the Pristina faculty on building an ongoing relationship with industry to develop an intellectually rigorous telecommunications curriculum that meets the needs of industry in Kosovo, and provided the Pristina faculty with curriculum materials, instructional expertise, telecommunications laboratory equipment, and examples of hands-on laboratory experiences to supplement classroom education.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Tirana, Albania
Funded under: Professional Exchanges Program
Program dates: 2005-2008

This project included three Academies on Community-Police Relations held by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, combined with a two-way exchange of professionals to foster dialogue and encourage joint planning and problem solving activities. The goal of the project was to strengthen the capacity of public sector organizations, civil society groups, and institutions of learning in Albania to become effective change agents in administrative reform efforts.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Law Faculty, Kyiv, Ukraine
Funded under: Freedom Support Educational Partnerships Program
Program dates: 2002-2005

This exchange trained young faculty members from the KNTSU Institute of International Relations in comparative and international law and clinical legal education and developed new curricula at KNTSU in these fields. In addition, the project jointly trained Pitt and KNTSU law students to participate in international arbitration competitions, and established the Private Law Center at KNTSU. In the final year of the project, a workshop on curriculum development and legislative reform was held in Kyiv with participants from Pittsburgh and KNTSU, as well as the Donetsk National University Law Faculty.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: Comenius University Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Funded under: Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program
Program dates: 2002-2005

The University of Pittsburgh and Comenius University exchanged faculty in the fields of Economics, International Relations/European Studies, and Psychology. Visiting faculty at each institution delivered lectures and seminars, conducted collaborative research, and developed courses for the newly established Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (FSES) at Comenius University. This project developed a model of flexible interdisciplinary education that is not available at many European universities, while also strengthening the Slovak Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. An outreach component of the project sought to increase participation by ethnic minority students in the FSES.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: University of Tirana (Albania); University of Pristina (Kosovo); University of Montenegro; University of Novi Sad (Serbia); University of Belgrade
Funded under: Balkan Educational Partnerships Program
Program dates: 2002-2005

REES was awarded this grant for a project consisting of six components to develop the capacities of Balkan universities in a variety of academic fields. The project components included: Political Science in Albania (coordinated with Drexel University in Philadelphia), Civic Education in Kosovo (with Pitt’s Institute for International Studies in Education), Law in Kosovo (with Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education), Business Administration in Montenegro (with Pitt’s International Business Center), Business and Economics in Novi Sad (with Portland State University), and Public Administration in Serbia (with Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs). 

Related program: A separate award to the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, in cooperation with REES, from the US State Department and the Government of Macedonia funded the creation of the Center for Public Policy and Management in Skopje, Macedonia in 2002. This Center graduated its first class of masters’ students in the spring of 2005.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: University of Belgrade
Funded under: College and University Affiliations Program with Serbia
Program dates: 2001-2005

The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Belgrade, Serbia exchanged scholars in the fields of law and political science. This program focused on international commercial law, comparative constitutional law, and the role of law in transitions to democracy. It also addressed political issues, including constitutionality and federalism in multi-ethnic states. Two junior law faculty members from Belgrade participated in the LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates at Pitt, while several Pittsburgh faculty members traveled to Belgrade to lead intensive legal education courses, and a Belgrade professor taught a course at Pitt on the role of law in the transitions in the former Yugoslavia.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: Donetsk National University Economics and Law Faculty, Donetsk, Ukraine
Funded under: Newly Independent States College and University Partnerships Program
Program dates: 1999-2004

The University of Pittsburgh and Donetsk National University exchanged a series of scholars for the purpose of strengthening the curriculum of the DNU Economics and Law Faculty. The program focused primarily on the areas of commercial and international business law and clinical legal education, and also established the International and European Law Center at DNU. Three junior law faculty members from DNU participated in the LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates at Pitt; several Pittsburgh faculty members taught intensive legal education courses at DNU; and a Law Practice Management conference was organized in Donetsk.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: Various universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Funded under: Bosnia and Herzegovina Undergraduate Development Program
Program dates: 2000-2003

The University of Pittsburgh hosted two undergraduate students from Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 2000-2001 academic year, three students in 2001-2002, and four students in 2002-2003. The students took a full schedule of courses at Pitt, with each of their programs of study focusing on one of the following fields: business administration, communications, criminal justice, economics, education, political science or public administration. At the conclusion of the academic year, the students were placed in internship experiences selected to fit their individual interests. REES coordinated the students’ academic programs, as well as arranging for them to participate in cultural activities and community outreach in the Pittsburgh area. REES also hosted two Bosnian students in 2003-2004, when administration of the exchange program was transferred to the American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS.

Funded by US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange partner: International Market Institute, Samara, Russia
Funded under: Newly Independent States College and University Partnerships Program
Program dates: 1998-2001

The University of Pittsburgh and the International Market Institute exchanged a series of scholars for the purpose of strengthening the public administration curriculum at IMI.  Through this project, curriculum reform initiatives were introduced in the areas of municipal and regional government, NGO and environmental management, economic development and public finance.  Pittsburgh and IMI scholars engaged in collaborative research and exchange of information and ideas in these fields.  IMI faculty also received extensive training in institutional development to assist them in pursuing further funding opportunities to facilitate the implementation of public administration curriculum reforms in the Samara region.