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Teaching on the Frontier: An Interview with PhD Student Tomáš Miklánek

Education in economics is one of the least reformed areas in the post-communist world. University classrooms across the former Soviet bloc severely lack motivated and professional economic instructors. Poor instruction engenders future thinkers, voters, and leaders with distorted or no understanding of modern economic principles. Young people are robbed of a quality education that can aid them in thinking critically about the problems facing their societies. This subsequently impedes the prospects for greater openness, growth, and prosperity in this important part of the world.

CERGE-EI Teaching Fellowship Program supports dedicated young men and women who enter undergraduate classrooms across the region to teach modern, market-based economics to the next generation. Teaching with novel methods and modern textbooks, fellows introduce new ways of thinking. Beyond their strong impact in the classroom, the fellows demonstrate best practices to other faculty members, raising quality throughout their host institutions.

Tomáš Miklánek, a CERGE-EI PhD Student from Slovakia, wanted to make a contribution to the future prosperity of the region and decided to join the Teaching Fellows Program to teach a course. Teaching in the classroom is never an easy thing, but Tomáš had his mind set on an even bigger challenge. Rather than teach in his native Slovakia (or in the Czech Republic, a close cultural and linguistic cousin), Tomáš decided to teach in Voronezh, Russia, a remote city in Southwestern Russia.

Why did he choose Voronezh? What experiences and impact did he have there? Watch the brief video interview with Tomáš to learn more!


CERGE-EI Teaching Fellows Welcomes 15 Full-Time Career Integration Fellows for 2014-2017

tf photo textIn its devotion to improve economics education across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the CERGE-EI Foundation runs an ambitious program to bring economic scholars into undergraduate classrooms across the region. Bring best practices and modern economic knowledge, these scholars help fight against the dismal education standards and outdated resources that propagate ignorance and misinformation in this crucial region.

Known as the CERGE-EI Teaching Fellows, this program supports both short-term and long-term teaching posts. Every year it provides longer-term ‘career integration fellowships’ for economists who obtained their PhD in the West and plan to assume full-time academic positions teaching undergraduate economics in any country in Central and Eastern Europe or the countries of the former Soviet Union.

The purpose of the fellowship is to make academic careers in the post-communist countries more attractive for such graduates by providing supplemental income that should bridge the gap between academic and private sector salaries.

The fellowship also provides a set of services designed to improve the academic environment for the fellow including remote access to CERGE-EI Library resources and the opportunity to organize research stays at CERGE-EI.

Below is a list of the 2014-2017 career integration fellows:

Vardan Baghdasharian (PhD Catholic University of Milan, Italy, 2014) –  American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Anna Bogomolova (PhD CERGE-EI, 2014)  – Novosibirsk State University, Russia

Lukáš Lafférs (PhD Norwegian School of Economics, 2014) – Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Hyrije Abazi-Alili (PhD Staffordshire University, 2013) – South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia

Petra Baji (PhD University of Maastricht, 2013) – Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Ismail Baydur (PhD University of Virginia, 2014) – ADA University (formerly Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy), Baku, Azerbaijan

Paola Bertoli (PhD European Doctorate [Universities of Bologna, Hamburg and Erasmus-Rotterdam], 2010) – Prague Economics University (VŠE), Prague, Czech Republic

Daniel Horn (PhD Central European University, 2010) – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Pavla (Nikolovová) Vozárová (PhD CERGE-EI, 2014) – Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in Prague, Czech Republic

Mira Nurmakhanova (PhD Iowa State University, 2008) – KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Yessengali Oskenbayev (PhD ZEF Bonn, expected 2014) – Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Esmeralda Shehaj (PhD Shaffordshire University, 2013) – University of Tirana, Albania

Petar Stankov (PhD CERGE-EI, 2014) – University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Aleksandar Vasilev (PhD University of Glasgow, 2013) – American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Dmitriy Vorobyev (PhD CERGE-EI, 2013) – Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

The new full-time fellows are teaching in 10 countries across the region (Russia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Albania, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovakia, and Armenia)

Map of Teaching Fellows