Agencies bypass Md. colleges for East Europe grants

July 26, 1991|By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite | Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Maryland colleges lost out this week in a national competition to gain federal grants to help educate Central and East Europeans in free-market management and economic techniques.

Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland at College Park were among 169 colleges bidding for $18 million worth of grants to start training programs in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria. They were not among the 32 institutions chosen Wednesday for the grants, administered by the Agency for International Development and the U.S. Information Agency.

Lester M. Salaman, director of Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, said the university had submitted proposals for three federal programs aimed at helping reforms in the former communist countries.

Despite rejection of the Hopkins proposal for training bureaucrats to understand the sort of public-private partnerships that are likely to evolve in Eastern Europe, Mr. Salaman said he was confident the university would be able to make a contribution to the reforms behind the old Iron Curtain with its other suggestions involving governance and administration and the training of non-private sector leaders.

He said that Johns Hopkins had gained enough support from private foundations to launch its own training program for non-profit sector leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, and a steering committee had been formed to organize the sessions, which will be held in Baltimore and in Europe.

The University of Maryland is already involved in a major Agency of International Development program to assist the economic development of Eastern Europe.

The grants awarded yesterday, the latest addition to more than $2 billion in U.S. aid to Eastern Europe, were given to colleges which formed partnerships with East European institutions to train executives, academics and opinion-formers.

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