chapter  1
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The Context of Change

The transformation taking place in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is affecting all facets of those societies. One area that causes some concern is what is happening to universities and research institutions. More specifically, the larger process of political and economic liberalization now underway in Eastern and Central Europe is, at least in the short term, having a debilitating impact on institutions of science and technology. At the same time, these institutions themselves are experiencing pressures for change in order to adapt to the new political and economic or­ der. An important question is whether they can withstand the nega­ tive pressures from the larger process of change long enough to com­ plete their internal transformation so as to become viable institutions in the new economic and political environment.