CERGE-EI FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 715 Queen Anne Rd Teaneck NJ 07666 USA

Mission: CERGE-EI's mission is to provide both world-class research and a world-class Ph.D. education in market economics to students from the least advanced countries of the former Soviet bloc and other regions in transition.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The primary purpose of CERGE from the beginning has been to educate the future economic elite in the former Soviet bloc countries and to place graduates at IMF and IBRD. This was to be achieved through creating an American style PhD program with emphasis on research. The success has been remarkable! Cerge has produced more than 100 PhDs and, in my opinion, established a reputation for reserach on the level of top 50 US graduate schools of economics. Its graduates are dispersed throughout former Soviet bloc countries as well as in western Europe and USA. Given the intial circumstances in the Czech republic, I would consider it a miracle!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my involvement with CERGE for the last 18 years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I've been aware of the CERGE-EI Foundation and the excellent teaching program in Prague for more than a decade. I have also had the privilege of meeting several CERGE graduates - including one who gave a very well-received presentation at a Washington D.C. conference organized by a World Bank employee. Seeing is believing: The proof of an educational institution is its graduates, and CERGE graduates are top-notch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, please see my comment above about the outstanding quality of CERGE graduates. They are well-rounded professionals with a wide variety of interests.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I am working as a CERGE-EI Foundation Board Member for almost three years now and have experienced the outstanding committment of the people who manage CERGE as well as the excellence of its students as well as professors. CERGE is clearly commited to absolute quality in education as well as research in economics with the goal to bring top level educated and skilled economists back to their countries where they are needed to further improve the development of their countries. My experience is that this works very well and creates an international network of skilled experts in economics which is very much needed in a further intergrowing (economic) world to the benefit of all countries. CERGE-EI clearly has my fullest support

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

research papers, conferences and personal meetings with students as well as alumnis who are working now in various organizations like IMF or central banks

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more known to companies

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the talks with the students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very comitted

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enable even more excellent students to get an adaquate education in economics

Ways to make it better...

I had more time for it

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

improving fundraising

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is great to be involved with CERGE

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I am continually impressed by the vitality and promise of the diverse CERGE-EI student body and by CERGE's success in educating students from developing countries in modern economics. The doctoral program attracts the most promising students from a wide range of regions and educational backgrounds. Moreover, a huge percentage of CERGE-EI graduates remain in the region to serve in creating and implementing economic policy for developing countries that are often still emerging from the effects of communism. CERGE's program is extremely cost-effective and ranks among the best efforts at making possible a rational, productive future for this region and the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting with the students and graduates and seeing the results in graduate placements.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I have seen the organization make a difference in the lives of hundreds of young men and women and, through them, vast regions of the world. No other organization I support gets as much "bang for the buck."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of young people and their countries

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really make a difference

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CERGE has in the last decade or so changed the nature of Economics education in central Europe. It has been instrumental in jump starting research and bringing the Economics profession out of the planned economy world and into the modern world in no time. Its mark is seen everywhere - CERGE students have excelled and the assistance from CERGE-EI is enormously important.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the students at conferences and in the profession.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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CERGE-EI started almost 20 years ago while I was directing The Andrew W. Mellon's East European program. From the very beginning it aimed at becoming the best modern graduate economics program in Eastern Europe, which it has succeeded at through the concerted efforts of donors, local faculty talent, imported faculty talent and outstanding student material. It is a highly rated program in the panoply of European efforts to teach advanced economics and I am pleased and proud to have been associated with it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By seeing the terrific jobs its graduates have landed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing its improvement year after year

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop worrying about the budget

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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I have been connected with CERGE-EI for well over a decade and for much of that time as Treasurer and Chairman of the CERGE-EI Foundation. Every year I visit the institution in Prague and meet the students. Seeing these talented and committed young men and women investing hard in their education is an inspiration. They work to the highest of standards and they come from countries often desparately in need of well trained economists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of this organization for over a decade.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the students. The young men and women at CERGE-EI are some of the most talented and hardworking students you could hope to find anywhere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

guarantee its future and attract more high quality, tenured professors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CERGE-EI is a world class economics research and Ph.D. granting institution. In a short 20 years it has attracted top faculty and top students. Its conferences are among the most compelling in the profession. It also is deeply involved in both economic policy and capacity building in central Europe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

capacity building, training students, and conferences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-1-01

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In addition to first class economics research, CERGE-EI provides and pays instructors to teach undergraduate economics courses in countries that have only recently been exposed to market economics. Many of these students work in their various government ministries helping apply what they have learned to the economic advancement of their home countries and the general betterment of their people. This is a great organization promoting world peace, prosperity, and cooperation through education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In discussions with students and graduates of the programs in Europe I've been told of the impact they are having on the thinking in their home countries about agriculture, industrial policy, labor policy, education, etc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...speaking directly with students about their research and their employment, the commitment of faculty and staff...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...highly motivated to the mission, dedicated, and determined...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...reach many more undergraduates in the former Soviet Bloc and developing countries eager to learn Western market economic theory and practice...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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