Shaping Tomorrow’s Research: What Future for Academia in the Danube Region?

Der Donauraum 1-2/2023 

Shaping Tomorrow’s Research: What Future for Academia in the Danube Region? 

Edited by Daniel Martínek 

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With this brand-new issue on the future of academia and research, edited by Daniel Martínek, the IDM journal Der Donauraum has arrived at its 63rd Volume. The publication is special for several reasons: First, it marks the first publication in the institute’s 70th anniversary year and therefore kicks-off a multifaceted collection of upcoming scientific and non-scientific articles, policy papers, and analyses by the experts of the IDM and its network partners throughout 2023.  

Second, this issue encompasses three exceptional papers by participants of the 17th DRC Summer School that took place in July 2022 in Vienna. By investigating the perceptions of stakeholders and observers of the Bar-Boljare Highway Project in Montenegro, Thomas Dentant shows the relevance of expert opinions and professional research for the success of infrastructure projects, and how neglecting them can lead to failure. In his contribution, Grant Dunnery analyses the geopolitical dimension of the Western Balkan’s EU Integration by evaluating the role of education and mobility in academia in the context of EU-Balkan, Sino-Balkan, and Sino-EU relations. By that he points out the importance of a strong EU engagement in the region. Anastasiya Lendel, who was holding a research fellowship for Ukrainians granted by the DRC and the IDM in 2022, outlines the various problems that Russia’s aggression has confronted Ukraine’s education system with. Despite these hardships, Lendel shows new opportunities that arise from the crisis by learning from the postwar experiences of Balkan countries.  

Finally, in addition to these articles, the present issue of Der Donauraum presents the results of the DRC Strategic Foresight Project 2022 in which 18 young researchers from the Danube Region present trends for the Higher Education System and develop concrete scenarios as well as policy recommendations to improve education in the future. 

On the topic: IDM Podcast Series 

As a special bonus to this publication, the IDM produced several episodes of the IDM podcast series with participants of the DRC Summer School and the Strategic Foresight Project hosting among others Shalini Randeria, rector of the Central European University (CEU) as well as students from Ukraine who report on their experiences throughout the war. 

Season 2, Ep. 21, Where the river flows, science follows 

Season 2, Ep. 22, Passive listeners or actors for change? 

Season 2, Ep. 23, Education for a brighter future 

Season 2, Ep. 24, University autonomy and academic freedom 

Season 2, Ep. 25, Learning and mobility in the shadow of the war 

The 18th edition of the DRC Summer School with take place in 2023. Please subscribe to the DRC Newsletter to keep updated on calls and further announcements.