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.
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.
EDT Conference 2021: Economics and Business of the Post COVID-19 World
The aim of the EDT Conference is to address the challenges of fundamental changes of economic theory and practice, which come through the process of digitalization as one of the most prominent global phenomena. The conference will challenge the traditional perspective on economics and explore the disruptive effects of digital transformation. The theme of the 2021 conference is the Economics and Business of the Post COVID-19 World. Learn more: Conference Details | Call for Papers
Unger Foundation Croatia Trip Report August 11-28, 2020
For many NGO’s and foundations, COVID 19 has disrupted valuable personal and professional relationships that have taken years to build and nurture. The Unger Foundation has been particularly active in Croatia over the last year, supporting Dr. Andrej Krickovic's lecture series at the University of Zagreb last November (funded by an Erasmus Grant), Saša Drezgić’s conference on the Economics of Digital Transformation (EDT), which was held online in June, Saša’s application for a US Embassy Alumni Grant, and supporting continued collaboration between the Unger Program at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State and the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Rijeka. Throughout the pandemic, the Foundation has continued to develop these core projects by working with our Croatian partners online. Read more. »