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May 10, 2005
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EMU professor receives Fulbright grant to implement first public management institute in Latvia

YPSILANTI - Raymond Rosenfeld, interim department head and professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University, has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist by the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. As a specialist, Rosenfeld will implement the first Public Management Summer Institute in Latvia July 25-29.

"The institute will address modern public finance and effective financial management as well as help build friends and allies in Europe for the United States," said Rosenfeld , of Bloomfield Hills .

"Countries that aspire to membership in the European Union and those that have already joined, continue to move beyond a communist model of government to a modern merit-based, civil- service system, as well as toward modern performance management and budgeting systems," said Rosenfeld. "All these challenges require a well-trained workforce. This institute is another piece of the transition and training effort."

The institute will emphasize best practices and offer lectures, case studies and small group discussions. Those attending include specialists with experience in policy planning, management and analysis who represent Baltic States, Scandinavian countries, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

Rosenfeld will be in Moscow this month to present a research paper, analyzing the training needs of senior civil servants in Latvia, at the annual meeting of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe. He also will spend a week in Latvia planning the institute and working with colleagues to prepare a case study on education reform to be presented at the Institute.

Rosenfeld received his first Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in 2003 to teach classes in public policy studies, meet with faculty groups and explore local government research possibilities in Ukraine. He also received a semester-long Fulbright grant in winter 2004.

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two, six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals. The program supports curricular and faculty development, and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries.

The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program differs from the traditional Fulbright Scholar competition in that candidates apply to be added to a recommended roster of specialists. As countries request specialists, the candidates are matched with appropriate programs.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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