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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.


Recent News

International Scientific Conference | Economics of Digital Transformation: Digitomics
On June 24—26, 2020, the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business is holding the Economics of Digital Transformation Conference in Croatia. The main topic of the conference for 2020 is “Monetary and Fiscal Policy at the Crossroads.” Interested individuals are invited to submit paper abstracts for consideration. Paper registration and abstracts are due by March 1, 2020 and early bird conference registration ends on April 1. The Unger Program is a proud partner of this conference.
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Levin College Expands Partnership with University of Rijeka through Unger Program
As the Levin College continues to broaden its partnership with the University of Rijeka through Levin's Unger Program, two Levin faculty, Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Professor and Department Chair, and Dr. Tatyana Guzman, Associate Professor, have been appointed to external associate positions with the University of Rijeka's Faculty of Economics and Business. 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 re-envision 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.

Unger Program International Expertise
The Unger Program serves to support and foster economic and community development through collaborative research and educational exchanges.The program engages with the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University and the Center for Support to Smart and Sustainable Cities at the University of Rijeka. Recent projects have been completed in the following areas: Energy, Oil and Gas Shale Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Territorial-Administrative Reform of Local Government, Reform of the Tax System, Regulation on Private Public Partnerships (PPPs), Regional and Local Economic Development, and Developing Business Friendly Local Governments. Read more. »

Smart City Presentation at the National Center for Smart Growth
On September 26, 2019 Dr. Sasa Drezgic, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Rijeka and Dr. Nicholas Zingale, Associate Professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University presented their work on smart cities at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth. The visit was organized as part of the ongoing work of the Unger Program and the Internet of Things Collaborative. Read more. »

Where in the World is IOTC? – IOT Collaborative
Smart Governments, Regions, and Cities” was the focus for the 2019 Economics of Digital Transformation (EDT) Conference. Organized annually by the University of Rijeka, the conference was held June 2nd-4th in Opatija, Croatia. Local and international attendees came together to address the challenges. Read more. »

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