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Levin College and University of Rijeka Celebrate 20 Years of Engaged Partnership

MOU signing solidifies the future of the Unger Program, bringing global knowledge exchange to Cleveland.

On October 17, 2023 Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education welcomed newly named Levin Senior Fellow, Saša Drezgić, Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business for Croatia’s University of Rijeka (UNIRI).

Together, Dean Drezgic and CSU’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nigamanth Sridhar, celebrated the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding to further solidify the international partnership and collaboration between the two institutions, initially made possible through the generosity of the Unger family in their foundation of the Unger Program in 2001.

The Unger Program was formed to catalyze an educational bridge between the Levin College and the University of Rijeka. Today, the program supports and fosters economic and community development through independent research and civic education and engagement. The partnership seeks to further global knowledge exchange in the areas of smart and resilient cities and the economics of digital transformation, as well as the work being conducted through the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN). This exchange of researchers, faculty, and students cultivates shared programming and paves the way for opportunities in student-faculty learning exchanges, professional development, and the sharing and creation of educational materials and resources.

Following the signing of the MOU, Dean Drezgić offered a presentation for Levin faculty, staff, and students on the regenerative economy and the current ASPIRE project at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

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