CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 30, 1999
UI wins $300,000 grant to form partnership with Ukrainian
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa has
won a $300,000 grant from the United States Information Agency (USIA) to support
a partnership program with Taras Shevchenko National University (TSNU)
of Kyiv in Ukraine. The grant period runs for three years beginning in August
At the UI, the exchange program will be directed by
political science professor Vicki Hesli and administered through the Center
for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). Hesli has administrative
experience as former director of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
(REEES) Program, as co-principle investigator on three National Science Foundation
grants, and as current director of Graduate Studies in the department of political
science at the University of Iowa.
"The goal in this partnership is to contribute to
democratization, the rule of law, and educational reform in Ukraine through
the introduction of new courses at Taras Shevchenko National University of
Kyiv," Hesli explains. "Faculty from Iowa will work collaboratively with their
Ukrainian counterparts in identifying and offering an analysis of the major
obstacles to legal and political reform."
Professors participating in the exchange include John
C. Reitz, Randall Thomas, John Carlson, Alan Widiss, and Paul Neuhauser of
the College of Law; Paul Retish, Director of the UI Office of International
Education; and Emmett Vaughan, Dean of the Division of Continuing Education
and former Dean of the UI College of Business Administration.
UI faculty members have long-term interests in Ukraine.
In April 1998 Rector Victor Skopenko TSNU visited the UI and signed a "Memorandum
of Understanding" with UI President Mary Sue Coleman. Rector Skopenko's visit
to the UI was arranged through and supported by the Office of International
Programs under the leadership of associate provost and dean of International
Programs Michael McNulty. McNulty's office was instrumental in building the
framework within which the partnership emerged. While TSNU, Rector and his
associate, Professor Petro Bekh, were at the UI, commitments were made by
the UI to work with faculty members from Kyiv to develop new curriculum materials.
In July 1998 Hesli traveled to Ukraine to complete negotiations regarding
the partnership agreement and to identify the exact faculty members who would
work with faculty members from the UI.
Curricular development will occur through faculty
exchanges with TSNU. As the leading institution of higher education in Ukraine,
TSNU trains the educators for other Ukrainian universities and it trains the
most highly placed lawyers, diplomats, and public servants in the country.
UI faculty members from the Colleges of Education,
Law and Liberal Arts will travel to Ukraine as part of the exchange program.
Professors will assist their Ukrainian counterparts with development and enhancement
of the law and government curriculum at TSNU. Some new course offerings to
be developed include: corporate law, conflict law, insurance/contract law,
securities law, comparative functioning of democracies, electoral systems,
political parties, and the U.S. legal system. UI faculty members will also
assist with outreach and educational program reform by offering a series of
special seminars for university administrators on such topics as professional
ethics, program administration and management, financial budgets, organizational
structures, and legal codes regulating public and private education.
For more information on the grant, contact Hesli at