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Volume 2
Issue 1
Online publication date 2013-08-15
Title Modern realities of internationalization of higher education in Georgia
Author Alexander Sichinava, Medea Chikava, Shota Veshapidze, Dali Sekhniashvili, Nino Pailodze
Abstract
The universal civilization is not a mere sum of individual civilizations, but a substrate of the experience and knowledge accumulated in the course of history showing a human essence and recognized as a common property of the mankind.
Through active cooperation and exchange of cultural values, Georgia permanently promotes its culture and develops its own cultural phenomenon. Georgia is the country on the crossroads of big trade routes spread along the border of two continents, Europe and Asia, the two great cultural worlds of East and West. Owing to its location, Georgia has had close contracts with many countries and peoples since the ancient times and due to its geopolitical reality, different cultures and religions got interwoven.
Internationalization of higher education has gained more importance in recent years with the purpose of improving the quality of education and promoting competitiveness of higher educational institutions. Internationalization covers the mobility of students and educational staff, joint educational programs, international cooperation within the limits of different research projects.
The National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement operates in Georgia aiming at promoting the integration of Georgian educational institutions in International educational area and improving trust to them. In order to achieve this goal, the Center actively cooperates with similar EU foreign organizations, international organizations and experts. The Center facilitates the organization of summits, seminars and conferences at the international level. In order to promote the internationalization process, the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement recognizes the full general, vocational, higher education and education gained during one’s study abroad. In addition to the authentication of educational documents, the Center fixes the compatibility of foreign qualification with the effective qualifications in Georgia.
The orients of the strategic development of Georgian Technical University rely on the basic paradigms of European educational environment known to the society as Bologna, Lisbon, Copenhagen Process and Lisbon Convention.
We enrich the modern system of education with new organizational structure, such as distant learning, virtual classes,digital labs, etc. We have to create and introduce e-university technologies, which will be a new step in the development of traditional, distant and online classes.
At present, a certain proportion of the designed technologies are considered to be export production-oriented. Some developed countries, such as Japan, Germany and England have showed interest in these technologies. The present achievements stimulate us to plan a quick increase in the venture capital fund to make the University a polygon to generate and introduce modern technologies.
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Keywords Internationalization of higher education, Georgian Technical University, civilization, collaboration, mobility, science, accreditation, unification, venture capital, exchange programs
Pages 95-98
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