Professor Vukotic has created a new private university in Montenegro, University of Donja Gorica (UDG), that already has 1,500 students and a large, new building. He has been able to attract world-class scholars from a number of countries, including the United States, to teach or lecture. UDG also already has established cooperative agreements with universities in Europe and North America.Decades ago, another young Yugoslav, having already been trained as a lawyer, was able to escape from the communist oppression. He came to the United States, studied economics and became a well-known and highly regarded scholar and professor of economics. His name is Svetozar “Steve” Pejovich, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. This is what he just wrote about Mr. Vukotic:
“Veselin Vukotic, a man with no financial means, in a country that is emerging from decades of socialism, had a vision that the country’s development in the direction of free markets needs well-educated young people who understand the economic forces at work. Driven by this vision that human capital is the most important requirement for a sustained transition from socialism to capitalism, Veselin, against enormous odds, founded the University of Donja Gorica (UDG), a private, openly free-market oriented institution of higher learning. Focusing on the work of great classical liberals like Hayek, Mises, Friedman, and Buchanan, curriculum at the UDG is creating a small but well-educated group of young men and women who understand the essentials and benefits of the free-market, private-property society, and who are slowly, thanks to their superior knowledge, moving into decision-making positions. UDG is creating a firm foundation for the development of a society of free and responsible individuals.”
Source: Washington Times
That’s for the good news.
Please note that Milo Đukanović (currently Prime Minister of Montenegro on his 6th term, ex-President of Montenegro, and the long-term President of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, originally the Montenegrin branch of the Yugoslavian Communist Party, governing Montenegro ever since the introduction of multiparty politics) co-founded and owns one-quarter interest in the firm that operates the University of Donja Gorica. His son Blazo attends the University.
That’s for the bad news.
For the record, there is a similar liberty-oriented university in Guatemala: Universidad Francisco Marroquin.