Economics professor awarded Fulbright Scholar grant to Montenegro

WHITEWATER ­– More than 279,000 people have had the opportunity to study,
teach or research abroad through the Fulbright Program, America¹s flagship
international exchange program. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Professor
of Economics Thomas Schweigert is one of 800 fortunate individuals recently
awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to travel abroad for the 2007-08 academic
year.

Schweigert is currently abroad researching and lecturing at the University
of Montenegro in Kotor on the privatization, property and tourism in
Europe¹s newest state and Montenegro¹s possible accession to the European
Union. Montenegro is located in southeastern Europe, between the Adriatic
Sea and Serbia. His term began in September 2007 and will end in June 2008.

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program. This exchange program provides
students, scholars and teachers the opportunity to observe each other¹s
political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange
ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare
of the world¹s inhabitants.

³The Fulbright Scholar grant is very competitive and it¹s obvious
Schweigert¹s area of study in that part of the world was of interest to
scholarship board,² Department Chair and Professor of Economics Jeff
Heinrich said. ³This honor only says positive things about him as a
professor and the university.²

At UW-Whitewater, Schweigert taught a course on European integration. The
course, Comparative Economic Systems, focused on the study of the modern
theories of capitalism and socialism and their variants. The course examined
the origin, organization, operation and performance of alternative economic
systems. Contemporary economies considered were those of the United States,
Russia, China, Japan and selected economies from Eastern and Western Europe,
with and emphasis on reform and transition efforts in these economies.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or
professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in
their fields. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and
respect between the people of the United States and the people of other
countries.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the United States
Department of State¹s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit
http://exchanges.state.gov or contact Heinrich at (262) 472-5583 or
[email protected].
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