International Educator - January/February 2013 - 30
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In the more than 20 years since the fall of Europe’s communist regimes, much has changedIn the twenty-plus years since the fall of Europe’s communist regimes, in higher education in Eastern and Central Europe. much has changed in higher education in Eastern and Central Europe.
By Susan Ladika BY SUSAN LADIKA
After the Curtain
in his native Romania in 1985, he wanted to study psychology. But the subject was considered dangerous and had been banned by the communist government. Just four years later, communism collapsed throughout Central and Eastern Europe, and Matei, who had resorted to studying philosophy, was among a group of young academics who created a new psychology department at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Fast forward 23 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and subjects like psychology are freely taught, and Matei has gone on to serve as chief operating officer and professor of public policy at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. It’s a U.S.-style university established in 1991 expressly “to promote open society and democracy.”
HEN LIVIU MATEI ENROLLED IN UNIVERSITY
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