IIE Networker - Fall 2010 - (Page 11)
A Conversation with John Shattuck, President and Rector, Central European University (CEU)
By Leena Soman John Shattuck, President and Rector of Central European University
JOHN SHATTUCK, an international legal scholar and human rights leader, is the fourth President and Rector of Central European University, a U.S. and European international graduate institution of social sciences, humanities, law, business and public policy in Budapest, Hungary. Before joining CEU in August 2009, President Shattuck was Chief Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Senior Fellow at Tufts University, where he taught human rights and international relations. He served from 1993 to 1998 as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under President Clinton and as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1998 to 2001. From 1984 to 1993 he was a Vice-President at Harvard University, and taught civil rights law at the Harvard Law School. President Shattuck’s career began at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was national staff counsel and Washington Director. President Shattuck holds a JD degree from Yale Law School, an MA from Clare College, Cambridge University, with First Class Honors in international law, and a BA from Yale College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Freedom on Fire, a study of the international response to genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1990s, Rights of Privacy, and many articles on higher education, international relations, human rights and civil liberties. IIENetworker: August 2010 marked your one year anniversary as President and Rector of CEU. Which aspects of your role leading a global university have proven the most challenging and the most rewarding? President Shattuck: My biggest challenge is building a new International School of Public Policy, scheduled to open in September 2011. The School will be the first of its kind in the region and will have a unique transnational perspective and an engaged international faculty. We are also carrying out a restructuring of the CEU Business School, which will have a new focus on transnational leadership. Professional education and the connection of practice with theory are major ongoing projects at the university. Finally, managing the transition of CEU from a regional university to a global one is another major challenge. IIENetworker: How do you define a global university? How has your background in international human and civil rights impacted how you conceptualize the role universities play in society? President Shattuck: I would define a global university as a university, internally, that fosters a global culture in which the nationalities of all of its students are respected, and externally as one that provides access to students from all parts of the world. CEU is a university with over 100 nationalities, with more entering every year, and it is a place where there is no dominant nationality. My background in international human rights has led me to the view that an increasingly global university such as CEU can be a new model of international education, and a source of intellectual support for building open societies that respect the rights of all. Here we combine human rights and rigorous inquiry in the classroom, in research, and in practice. IIENetworker: How can a university produce globally competent citizens? President Shattuck: The most effective way to produce globally competent citizens is to teach critical thinking – to teach students how to think for themselves, how to value and evaluate facts and how to analyze complex problems. We must also teach tolerance of other points of view and of other cultures, while at the same time strengthening the sense of one’s own roots and background, so that students can be self-confident citizens in a global context. IIENetworker: How are Erasmus Mundus and the Bologna process impacting CEU’s agenda and approach toward internationalization in general, and your relationships with non-European partners in particular? President Shattuck: The Erasmus Mundus Program and the Bologna Process connect CEU with both its European and non-European partners. They are helpful elements for us in the sense that they expand CEU’s outreach through scholarship programs for students from outside the EU. CEU contributes to the Bologna Process by providing a new model for graduate education in Central Europe.
AT A GLANCE: CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
Location: Budapest, Hungary Total enrollment: 1620 Number and percent of international students: CEU is an entirely international university with students from 100 countries, thus 100:1620, a highly international community. Number of foreign languages offered: Instruction at CEU is in English. In addition, usually German, French, and Hungarian are offered each year as non-degree courses. Faculty: CEU’s international faculty comes from over 30 countries. There are more than 130 permanent and 170 visiting professors. The student-faculty ratio is 7:1.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2010
IIE Networker - Fall 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Ten Years On: Bologna’s Global Dimension and Its Limits at Home
A New Europe: Creating the European Higher Education Area
What’s New in Brussels? Visions for the EU and the European Higher Education Area
Trends in English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe
Promoting Higher Education in Spain: The Creation of the Universidad.es Foundation
The Joint European/International Doctorate: A Strategic Tool to Enhance Worldwide Institutional Collaboration
More Europeans Seek Undergraduate Degrees in the United States
European Schools in America, American Schools in Europe: Outposts Along the Path to the Global University
Out of the Office and Into the World: A Personal Perspective on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
Applying European Approaches to U.S. Higher Education
IIE Program Profile: IIE in Europe
IIE Networker - Fall 2010
If you would like to try to load the digital publication without using Flash Player detection, please click here.