Succeeding as a Western Academic Working at a Newer Foundation University in a Developing Country

Succeeding as a Western Academic Working at a Newer Foundation University in a Developing Country

By Joseph J. Kaminski, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This article discusses the two most important things that I have learned since taking a full-time position in 2014 at a newer private university in the Balkans: (1) the unique challenges you face when doing research in such a setting; and (2) how to handle the significant cultural differences that you will face in the classroom. This article also offers recommendations for earning the trust of students who will be suspicious of your motivation for teaching in their country. If you can manage these two realities, you will have a much easier time finding personal fulfillment and, ultimately, professional success in your new endeavor. This article focuses primarily on teaching in newer, private institutions known as Foundation Universities in developing countries more than long-established public institutions. However, you most certainly will face issues in these public institutions similar to those at smaller private ones.came from a broad base of the Republican primary electorate rather than a small but intense minority.

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