Mission: To promote economics education and research in the post-communist countries of central and eastern europe including the former soviet union.
Programs: The cerge-ei doctoral program in economics for promising students from the former soviet bloc and other developing nations is totally tuition free, building a base of knowledge and expertise in modern market economics in a region where it was previously unknown.
the undergraduate program in central european studies is an american junior-year study-abroad program designed to expand u. S. Students education in the study of central europe and to further expand knowledge of the cerge-ei program through american academia.
the cerge-ei teaching fellowships support graduate students and post-doctoral teachers in the effort to expand the teaching of modern market economics to undergraduates in a region where such education is in severe short supply.
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 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."