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Adapting to Future Challenges to Education. Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia - Book Launch and Workshop

Book Launch
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

About the book

The book includes three comparative studies with the first findings of the “Future Challenges to Education Systems in Central Eastern European Context” project of the Center for Policy Studies (Democracy Institute) at Central European University. The research project was designed to assess the ability of the education systems of Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia to adapt to various ongoing disruptive changes, such as technological change and its impact on labour markets, various demographic changes, populist politics and autocratic governance, old and new inequalities, changing gender roles, and globalization. The summary studies in this book, which are based on the contributions of an extended international research team, address three focal areas. The first, written by Balázs Munkácsy and Ágota Scharle, provides an assessment of the relative regional contextual relevance of various global challenges to education systems. The second study, by Ágnes Kende, looks at the institutional preparedness of schools in the five countries to adapt and change. The last study, by Péter Radó, is a comparative institutional analysis of the preparedness of the five educational governance systems to encourage schools to adapt by effectively conveying clear external expectations.

Download the book here.


14:10 – 14:20: Opening remarks about EDUC project - Andrew Cartwright, Research Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute

14:20 – 14:40: Presentation of chapter 1: The Relevance of Future Challenges to Education in Five Central Eastern European Countries – Balázs Munkácsy and Ágota Scharle (Budapest Institute)

14:40 – 15:00: Presentation of chapter 2: The Institutional Conditions of School-level Adaptation – Ágnes Kende

15:00 – 15:20: Presentation of chapter 3: Governing Education for Adaptive Change in Five Central Eastern European Countries – Péter Radó (CEU DI)

Questions and answers

15:30 – 15:50: Coffee break

15:50 – 17:20: Panel discussion: Contemporary challenges to education

Participants: Dániel Horn (KRTK-KTI), Vera Messing (CEU DI), Balázs Váradi (Budapest Institute) and Zsuzsa Vidra (CEU DI)

Moderator: Ádám Havas (Milestone Institute)

Attendance is open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here. In case you cannot attend but would like to follow the event, it will also be streamed live on the CEU Democracy Institute’s Facebook page.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required to enter CEU premises, and wearing a mask is obligatory in all common areas and strongly recommended in rooms.

Recording of the event: Please note that the event will be recorded, and later shared on YouTube. If you prefer not to be recorded, then please follow the event online.

Filtered water: CEU is committed to sustainability, and to becoming a model of sustainability in higher education. Accordingly, we would like to make our decisions regarding logistics of the workshop environment friendly. Therefore, we are not planning to buy plastic bottles of water in bulk. Instead, we request you to bring your own flask/leak-proof bottles with lid to the workshop as water purifiers are installed in CEU buildings. This is also important as it is not allowed to bring glasses/cups in the conference rooms due to the fact that there are plugs embedded in the floors.