Montenegro is known for its beautiful landscapes, ranging from ski-worthy mountains to the lovely Adriatic coast. Montenegro has an economic divide, with the capital city and beach towns enjoying more prosperity than the north. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all economy segments, particulary the toursim and hospitality industry.
The country joined NATO in 2017 and is on the path toward EU membership, but work is still ongoing on internal reforms, including rule of law. During recent parliamentary elections in August 2020, the country changed its governement, marking the first transition of political power since the introduction of a multiparty political system in the early 1990s.
Three universities are located in Podgorica, with some departments located in the student towns of Cetinje and Niksic, approximately a 45-minute drive from Podgorica. A few fledgling university departments are in Montenegro's scenic north, in the cities of Berane and Bijelo Polje.
Teaching and research proposals from U.S. faculty with a focus on higher education administration, the rule of law, security, fighting crime and corruption, civil society, empowering women, increasing economic opportunities (especially in the north of Montenegro), the hospitality industry, public health and youth issues will be given preference.
Unique opportunities also exist for U.S. political scientists, international relations and diplomacy specialists and journalists seeking affiliation with the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Montenegro-Podgorica, where the next generation of diplomats, politicians and journalists in Montenegro is trained. Further, applicants with the relevant background are encouraged to consider affiliation at the University of Montenegro's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Wood Processing in Pljevlja, one of the key centers of educational and economic activity in the underdeveloped northern region.