December 23,2016

Public lecture by Professor Giorgi Kadagidze “Education and Career Planning”

On December 22 public lecture on the topic “Education and Career Planning” was held at Ilia State University Public Policy Research and Training Centre (PPRTC). Lecture was delivered by ISU professor, Giorgi Kadagidze.

Mr. Kadagidze spoke about the close connection between education and overall economic development of country; he noted that success of the state can be achieved by creating relevant atmosphere for free, educated people. He made focus on importance of investing in secondary education and added that school should give an opportunity to young people for thinking about the future, assessing their skills and properly planning their career. The speaker noted that the way to address the problem of structural unemployment in Georgia lies in improving education system. Thus can be eliminated the gap between the demands of world labor market and knowledge and competencies supplied by Georgian youth.

During the lecture Mr. Kadagidze presented to the audience the essence of Singapore miracle and noted that right education policy had played crucial role in this process. The speaker also reviewed the significance of importing knowledge, because, in his opinion, it is necessary for development economies, like Georgian one.

The lecture was held in question –answer mode. The attendees were particularly interested in the issue of privatization of High education and possible solutions of the problem of teachers’ qualification. Questions were raised about the devaluation of national currency and future forecast in this direction. The speaker noted that the current situation with national currency was triggered by creation “wrong expectations”; he added that the main task of economy is managing right expectations.

The lecture was held in the framework of lecture series “Impact of Europeanization on Public Policy Changes in Georgia”. On December 26 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.”