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The Unger Program at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is a program of the Urban Center. Originally founded in 2002 as the Unger International Program for Local Government Leadership, the program's mission was to catalyze an educational bridge between the Levin College and the University of Rijeka.

In 2010 the College and the Unger Family Foundation began to reenvision a new direction for the program while still remaining true to the long standing work and history of the Ungers in both Cleveland and Croatia.

Today, the program serves to support and foster economic and community development through independent research and civic education and engagement. The Unger Program at the Levin College of Urban Affairs provides matching funding to the Center for Economic Development's U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center initiatives.


Recent News

Unger Foundation Croatia Trip Report, June 21-July 8, 2021
Dr. Andrej Krickovic, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, Consultant at the Unger Foundation, and External Advisor at Levin College's Unger Program, discusses the Unger Foundation's recent work in Croatia. Read more. »


2021 International Scientific Conference | Economics of Digital Transformation
On June 23-25, 2021, the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business held the Economics of Digital Transformation Conference in Croatia. The main topic of the conference for 2021 was “Economics and Business of the post COVID-19 World.” The Unger Program at Levin College is a proud partner of this conference.

Dr. Nicholas Zingale, Associate Professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs was a presenter at the conference.

View Dr. Zingale's presentation, the conference program and the conference website.


Professor Awarded Grant in Support of Economics of Digital Transformation Conference
Saša Drezgić PhD, Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Rijeka was awarded a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Croatia as part of their Alumni Grants Program in support of the upcoming Economics of Digital Transformation conference (EDT).

The Alumni Grants Program supports alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored programs and Croatian citizens who have studied at U.S. high schools or universities and supports projects that address a variety of topics including initiatives that: contribute to a more transparent business environment and the improvement of Croatia’s investment climate; strengthen ties between U.S. and Croatian businesses and organizations; and provide educational and training programs on artificial intelligence, gaming, and cybersecurity, to name a few.

Dr. Drezgić is an alumnus of the Unger Program at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The Program was originally founded in 2002 as the Unger International Program for Local Government Leadership with the mission to catalyze an educational bridge between the Levin College and the University of Rijeka and was a collaborative effort of the College to respond to the consulting, training, research and educational needs of local government leaders in emerging democracies. Today, the program serves to support and foster economic and community development through collaborative research and educational exchanges. Dr. Drezgić continues to regularly engage with the College and works to broaden the relationship between the two institutions. This year’s conference will involve faculty from the College as panelists and guest speakers.



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