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The Visiting Advisors Program (VAP)

This website contains a unique, searchable archive relating to reform initiatives in higher education in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Russian Federation (RF) and the former Soviet Union (FSU) in the period 1998-2010. It is intended as a resource for scholars studying this period and these countries, and for policy makers and advisors. It was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. There are eighty five reports, the product of the Visiting Advisors Program (VAP) of the Salzburg Global Seminar, which organized teams, each of four to five university leaders and advisors, who visited universities to advise on reform. The reports are presented here in combination with an overview of the Program's goals and objectives, the institutions involved, the external advisors, and its results.

An introduction and overview Introduction

The purpose of this introduction and overview is to provide the history and background of the eighty five reports which are brought together on this website. Together they provide valuable information on an important period in European higher education, in which institutions of higher education are coping with the challenges presented by administering the modern university in Central and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation, after the end of the Cold War.In the fall of 1998, with the support of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) the Salzburg Global Seminar launched the Visiting Advisors Program (VAP) in order to apply, on the level of individual institutions, the concepts related to reform of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Russian Federation (RF) and the former Soviet Union (FSU). The VAP includes two target audiences: senior administrators of universities in CEE and the RF (host institutions) and senior administrators of universities in North America, Europe (West, Central and East) and the Russian Federation (visiting teams). The VAP is based on a cross-sharing approach, follow-up contacts, and hand-selection of teams; the VAP is client-driven.

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