The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced a two-year, $2.5 million commitment to strengthen centers for advanced study focused on Western Eurasia and the South Caucasus region.
Carnegie awarded $2 million to the Eurasia Foundation for continued support of the Caucasus Research Resource Center, a network of resource and training centers established in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The centers, which partner with local universities, offer scholars and practitioners opportunities for integrated research, training, and collaboration in the region. In addition, a $500,000 grant to the American Councils for International Education will be used to continue support for a cross-regional center covering Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
Although they were launched in 2003, the centers grew out of earlier work initiated by Carnegie to prevent the degradation of higher education in the former states of the Soviet Union. In Russia, Carnegie helped establish nine Centers for Advanced Study and Education in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Over the past ten years, the CASEs have enabled thousands of Russian academics to engage in research, publication, and international exchanges.
"The intellectual and academic resources in these centers of excellence are helping to advance the transformation of the region's higher education institutions into modern and more comprehensive research universities," said Carnegie president and CEO Vartan Gregorian. "The women and men supported by these centers — the intelligentsia — are the region's engine of reform. Hence, we must continue to invest in them as they contribute to economic development, political, and legal reform, and the formation of post-Soviet civil society."