3 Quick Facts on Why the Demand for Military Education is on the Rise in Russia

September 13th, 2018 In a recent post on University World News, Eugene Vorotnikov writes: “The demand for studying in military higher education institutions in Russia has doubled over the past six years and is continuing to grow while many traditional universities are being closed.” During the USSR era, Military universities in Russia were very popular […]

The Plight of Liberal Arts Institutions in an Era of Nationalism, Spotlight: European University at St. Petersburg, Russia

August 31st, 2018 The European University at St. Petersburg (Yevgeny Asmolov/TASS) A headline in a recent article in the New York Times reads “In Russia, a Top University Lacks Just One Thing: Students.” Said institution is the European University at St. Petersburg. Like it’s counterpart, the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, the European University […]

Beautiful Green and White Balloons!

August 20th, 2015 The author of this blog: Emmanuel Kwabena Tetteh When I was younger I had dreams of becoming the president of Ghana until my mum told me being a president isn’t a profession. She said to be a president in Africa, you either have to be a cruel dictator or you’ll get assassinated. […]

15 Facts on Impending Closures of 40% of Universities in Russia

April 23rd, 2015 According to a recent report by University World News Global Education, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced that it will be closing a number of its universities and university branches by the end of 2016. These institutions are being shut down as part of a federal plan the Russian […]

Russian Rock: Then and Now

May 23rd, 2014 I was Music Director of KCRW and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic during the 1980s and we did regular programs featuring the latest in Soviet-era Russian pop and rock music. Back then, the Cold War was alive and well, with Reagan and Brezhnev regularly rattling their swords. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny once […]