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December 20,2016

Reforms in the field of Science and Education in Georgia

On December 19 Ilia State University Public Policy research and Training Centre hosted public lecture delivered by invited lecturer at ISU, Giorgi Gakheladze. The topic of the lecture was “Reforms in the field of Science and Education in Georgia”.

Mr. Gakheladze spoke about the heritage left by Soviet Union and its influence on independent Georgia’s system of education. He drew particular attention to the situation in Georgian public schools and HEIs during the first decade after the restoration of independence, to the corruption, low quality of education, and the enhanced role of state in this system. The speaker also devoted much time to challenges that Georgia’s education system was facing at the end of 1990s and described the attempts of handling those challenges.

Mr. Gakheladze touched the issue of reformation starting since 2001 and spoke about the factors that had had influence on the reform process. He noted that rapid fulfillment of reforms in the system of education was triggered by combination of three main factors: acknowledgment of the actuality of this problem, public support and the will of government.
At the end of the lecture was discussion about the regulatory role of the state in education system. A part of attendees was siding with small intervention of state in abovementioned system, the other one were supporting full release of education system in Georgia. They also spoke about the achievements and failures of education models in other countries.

The lecture was held in the framework of lecture series “Impact of Europeanization on Public Policy Changes in Georgia”. On December 20 next lecture will be delivered by associated professor at ISU Business School, Giorgi Begadze. The topic of the lecture will be “Georgia’s National Tourism Policy and Strategy of development.”

On December 19 next public lecture will be held in the framework of lecture series “Impact of Europeanization on Public Policy Changes in Georgia”.