Central Europe Explained


EP35 - Education Cannot Wait!

Season 2, Ep. 16

When a crisis hits, schools are a safe space for children as a driver for hope and dreams.  

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, every school had to introduce remote learning.  And when the war hit Europe two years later, Ukrainian students and teachers had to adapt again.   

In times of war, classrooms remain a place where children find a sense of stability and process trauma. However, disparities have long existed regarding education. Depending on financial status, location and country of residence, not every child has access to schooling equally.      

How have Ukrainian pupils and teachers been adapting to both the pandemic and the war? 

Lana Chubakha, an English primary school teacher from Kyiv, shares her experience with Emma Honteberie (IDM). 

Our guest’s recommendation:  

The Harry Potter novel series by J.K Rowling and the Harry Potter film series.  

CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group.     

Guest: Lana Chubakha, Primary English School Teacher and Founder of the volunteer project Pan Ravlenko

Host: Emma Hontebeyrie,  Research Associate IDM  

Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM 

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EP40 - Where the river flows, science follows

Season 2, Ep. 21
The Danube Tech Valley Initiative, Central Europe’s next innovative driver Countries of the Danube Region find common ground with their shared cultures and histories but also their variety of traditional industries. During the past decades, innovative technologies have flooded the region, although western countries remain the prominent leader in innovation. Yet, a new driver is awaiting, and it seems that Central Europe and the Danube Region only need the right resources.     The Danube Tech Valley Initiativeaims to actively use the region's innovative wealth to create a vibrant hub of industries and technology. Supported by the global think-tank GLOBSEC, the DTVI set the goal of building an innovative ecosystem in the Central European Region.     Which concrete opportunity does the Danube Tech Valley represent for CEE? Which obstacle lies ahead, especially regarding potential regional and EU-level dichotomies?  Sebastian Schäffer (IDM) tackled these questions with Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. Our guest recommendation:   Janoska Ensemble, THE BIG B‘s – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Beatles, Bizet & Bartók Guest: Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director at IDM Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM