CERGE-EI Foundation's Distance Learning Program (DLP) offers a variety of bachelor-level courses to universities throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in aligmnet with its mission to strengthen economics education across the region. Launched in Spring 2020 with four courses and four partner institutions, the program has steadily expanded. Presently, we live-stream courses to over fifteen institutions spanning ten countries every semester.
The objective of DLP is to provide courses which could be difficult for many institutions to offer, either because of insufficient student demand or because of a shortage of faculty with relevant expertise. Among our most popular courses are Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Innovation Economics, and International Trade.
The EU-based faculty (main instructors) are western-qualified and teach DLP courses online in English. They are supported by faculty or PhD students at participating institutions (local instructors): a longer-term objective of the project is to aid local capacity-building. We enrich the DLP experience by offering insightful webinars featuring distinguished speakers.
The simultaneous participation of several universities fosters interaction between students in different countries, enables students to experience an international classroom in a home environment, and allows institutions to participate regardless of their enrollment numbers.
This exciting and ambitious project is funded by private donations. The Foundation is actively seeking additional funds to support its continued development.