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Brajkovic receives Honorable Mention in Best Dissertation Award competition

April 4, 2017

IHE alumna Lucia Brajkovic has received Honorable Mention in the 2017 Best Dissertation Award competition established by the Comparative and International Education Society’s Higher Education Special Interest Group.

She was presented with the award in March at the CIES HESIG business meeting in Atlanta. CIES is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives.  

Brajkovic, who is from Croatia and earned a degree from the University of Zagreb, received a Fulbright Fellowship to come to the University of Georgia to further her education. As a doctoral student at IHE, she was named a Zell and Shirley Miller Fellow and also worked as a graduate research assistant at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Her dissertation focused on higher education systems in post-transition countries of central and eastern Europe.

“Being a Ph.D. student at IHE was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” says Brajkovic. “I am grateful to Drs. Slaughter, Hearn and Ness for all their help and support. They were great mentors throughout the whole dissertation process.” 

Since leaving IHE, Brajkovic has worked as a senior research associate with the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.

by Sharron Hannon