• Armenia: Out With the Old

    Armenia: Out With the Old

    YEREVAN, Armenia | Several women sit in a lecture room in Yerevan State University’s biology department. In angry voices loud enough to be heard down the corridor, they recount their […]

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  • Bulgaria: Fixing a (Black) Hole

    Bulgaria: Fixing a (Black) Hole

    SOFIA, Bulgaria | Asen Tzonev got his first taste of Bulgarian higher education in March when he attended a lecture as part of an Internet technology course at St. Kliment […]

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  • Southeastern Europe: Losing Human Capital

    Southeastern Europe: Losing Human Capital

    One myth that all societies in the Western Balkans have shared since the heyday of communism is the belief in the superior quality of education in the region. We may […]

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  • Hungary: A Testing Time

    Hungary: A Testing Time

    BUDAPEST, Hungary | There’s a new joke going around Hungary: “Should I hand out the exam paper,” the teacher asks the students before the big test, “or does everyone already […]

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  • Hungary: Graveside Manner

    Hungary: Graveside Manner

    BUDAPEST, Hungary | It is the dead of night. A couple of young people hand money to a man, their faces digitally blurred. One props a huge medical textbook on […]

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  • Kosovo: Far From Pristine

    Kosovo: Far From Pristine

    PRISTINA, Kosovo | Petrit Hysaj is angry, angry because he says that the past week has been a complete waste of his time. A third-year political science student at Pristina […]

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  • Russia: Gagarin Had Free Education

    Russia: Gagarin Had Free Education

    ULYANOVSK, Russia | When Russia’s pensioners took to the streets early this year in protest at plans to reforms social benefits, observers predicted this would be just one of a […]

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  • Croatia: Learning Curves

    Croatia: Learning Curves

    ZAGREB, Croatia | The Croatian education system is in the midst of the most important reform process since the country’s independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. But while the Science, Education, […]

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  • Kyrgyzstan: Seeds for a Poor Harvest

    Kyrgyzstan: Seeds for a Poor Harvest

    In the Soviet era, a student from Central Asia who wanted to study international law would have had to compete with thousands if not tens of thousands of other students […]

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  • Albania: In the Bleak Midwinter

    Albania: In the Bleak Midwinter

    TIRANA, Albania | On the third floor of a dirty, marble-faced building that hosts two hostile educational trade unions, the newspaper of the ruling Socialist Party, and a bingo hall, […]

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