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Professor earns prestigious Academy membership

 
2009-01-13

Emeritus professor George Perlin (Policy Studies) has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Science of Ukraine for his contributions to democratic reform in that country.

The Academy, which comprises leading scholars, scientific councils and research divisions, is responsible for research on national policy to develop and advance education.

George Perlin

 

Emeritus professor George Perlin (Policy Studies) has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Science of Ukraine for his contributions to democratic reform in that country.

The Academy, which comprises leading scholars, scientific councils and research divisions, is responsible for research on national policy to develop and advance education.

Dr. Perlin's outstanding efforts to include the study of democracy as part of the core curriculum at Ukraine's universities and post-secondary training institutions have earned him the distinction, which was conferred by the Academy.

As project director for Building Democracy in Ukraine, operated under an agreement between Queen's School of Policy Studies and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Dr. Perlin is recognized for his intellectual leadership in developing and delivering the project, which aims to provide a comprehensive program of education to support development of a democratic political culture in Ukraine.

Before the initiative began, there was no program for the study of democracy in Ukraine's post-secondary system.

As a result of the project, a foundation course on democracy has been created and is being taught in 130 universities; distance learning courses on democracy have been created for public servants; courses on democracy and human rights are now compulsory curriculum in programs that train personnel for the Ministry of Internal affairs; and a course on teaching civic education is being introduced in institutions training new secondary and primary school teachers.

Ukrainian partners say the project's achievements can be ascribed in large part to the style of Dr. Perlin's leadership.

“The success of this program is the product of a genuine spirit of partnership between Ukrainian and Canadian educators and reflects the best kind of collaboration under international assistance agreements,” says Vasyl Kremen, president of the Academy.

 

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