Call for applications of Erasmus+ Credit Mobility with University of Valladolid has been started. This call is available for the students and academic staff from faculty of Business (Bachelor and Master).
On 4-5-6 June of 2019, the third International Symposia “Catholic Heritage in Georgia” will be held in Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Teaching University that will be dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Restoration of the Apostolic Administration of Latin Catholics in Caucasus. The organizers of the Symposia are Sabauni (Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University) and the Council of Culture and Ecumenism existing with the Catholic Church in Georgia.
On 20 th November of 2018 presentation of the newly established center for professional development and STAR project’s interim report was held at Sabauni. The Center for professional development was established within the Erasmus+ KA2 funded project “Sustainable Learner centered Teaching –Advanced Resources for Georgia and China (STAR)”. Shorena Parunashvili, project manager delivered an interim report of the project, she talked about the projects main goals, the fulfilled and current activities, future plans. The project focuses on professional development of teachers in the area of innovative pedagogical approaches. The manual of Learner Centered Teaching was created which contains the information about the modern teaching approaches and the best practices on them. Here are the five main teaching method on which is focused the manual: Problem Bases learning (PBL), Task-based learning (TBL), Discovery learning, Project-based learning, Learning contracts. The English version of the manual is available here (https://munispace.muni.cz/library/catalog/book/1014) . Georgian version will be available at the end of February. Regarding the CPD center, its main goal is to care professional development of academic and administrative staff of Sabauni. In the beginning of the semester academic staff will be asked to fill the needs questioners and based on them it will be planned the training or workshops by CPD. Also, CPD will take care of dissemination of the project results, modern teaching methods
and the manual. The second part of the meeting, associate professor and STAR member, Gvantsa Abdaladze talked about the manual and the five teaching methods mentioned above. It is second year that STAR project is running and it will finish in the October of 2019.
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University was awarded the prize of “Advocate of Tolerance 2018” at the event dedicated to the international Tolerance day held in Tbilisi Marriott, organized by the Tolerance Center and Public Defender of Georgia on 16 November 2018. Each year, the Councils of National Minorities and Religions of the Public Defender of Georgia select a media outlet, organization, person and public servant, which contributed to the
protection of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and promoted the tolerance culture in
the country throughout the year.
Sabauni was awarded in the nomination of organization by the Council of Religions.
2018 year the prizes were given to the following:
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, Rector Prof. Dr. Vaja Vardidze
Jos Douma, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Georgia
Mother Sidonia (orthodox nun)
Natia Kapanadze, editor in chief of Public Broadcaster TV and Radio of Adjara region
Sophio Sitchinava, head of the CEC coordination, Planning and Reporting Department
Center for Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
Vitali Safarov, (a young human right defender who was killed on xenophobic grounds).
The awards was handed over to Vitali’s mother
Marneuli Community Radio
Pankisi Community Radio WAY
In addition, the council of National Minorities handed a special award of tolerance to Gary Augst, Head of the Association of Georgian Germans- Einung, and Regina Iakobidze, chairperson of the Latvian Community. The event was organized by the Tolerance Center of the Public Defender of Georgia and the Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Project (PITA) of the Unitied Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) funded by the United States International Agency (USAID) The event was attended by representatives of state agencies, diplomatic missions. International Tolerance day is celebrated each year by Public Defenders and Tolerance Center since 2006.
On 16-20th of April, head of Sabauni’s International Relations Office, Shorena Parunashvili paid a visit to the University of Valladolid, Spain, where participated in the International Staff Week, organized by University of Valladolid within the Erasmus+ KA107 project. In the Staff Week there were participating around 50 representatives of 33 universities from all over the world (Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa). During the week the participants had an opportunity to exchange their experience, discuss the current E+ project and the perspective of future cooperation.
The participants were available to get to know closer the work style of the International Relations Department of UVa, their projects, structure and future plans.
The first day of the International Staff Week Mar Fernandez, the Director of International Relations greeted to the participants and made a presentation of the University of Valladolid. The second part of the day the panel session was hold, where the participants were able to exchange experience and information about their universities.
17th of April was dedicated to the workshops on Internationalization and E+ KA107 project, where ICM team of UVa talked about the current project, its procedures and realization steps. The second part of the day there were meetings with Faculty members. The representative of Sabauni, Shorena Parunashvili has met the representatives of Faculty of Business and discussed the International Semester of Commerce, where Sabauni’s two students will be sent for study in spring semester of 2018-2019 academic year, within this E+ program.
Next day of the Staff Week the participants were able to talk about the possibility for future cooperation. That day, the participants were welcomed by Oscar Puente, the city Mayor of Valladolid. The rest of day, the visit in National Sculpture Museum was planned.
According to the agenda, on 19th of April, the Vice-Rector of Segovia Campus welcomed the participants and guided tour to Segovia city was offered to them.
Last day of the IW, the final meeting was hold and the Diplomas of attendance were awarded to participants. The Day was ended by farewell cocktail with traditional music.
The University of Valladolid is a one of the old University in Spain, founded in XIII century, nowadays it has 4 campuses in different cities (Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria) and 25 217 students. Sabauni has started cooperation with UVa from 2018-2019 academic year within Erasmus+ KA107 project that implies the student and staff mobility.
On 21st February of 2018 Giorgi Mikanadze, dean of faculty of Business and Tourism and Shorena Parunashvili, head of International Relations had a meeting with representatives of Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
The rector of Sabauni, prof. Dr. Vaja Vardidze participated in the conference “the Whole is Greater Than its Parts: Christian Unity and Interreligious Encounter Today”, organized by the University of Notre Dame (USA), that was hold on 8-10 January 2018, in Rome (Italy). In the conference there were featured diverse presentations by Church leaders, theologian and scholars of global religion on topics including Muslim-Christian relations, the Cathocli-Orthodox-Protestant dialogue, the relationship between dialogue and evangelism and other contemporary questions of religion and culture.
Among the conference speaker there were: Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeia, Gavin D’Costa, professor of Catholic theology at the University of Bristol; Francis Clooney, professor of comparative theology and directo of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and John Cavadini, directo of the Institute of Church life at the University of Notre Dame.
Prof. Dr. Vaja Vardidze’s speech was about “Christian Faith and Multiplicity of Religions: After the Question of Exclusivity, Inclusivism and Pluralism”.
On 6th October, the presentation of Erasmus+ KA1 program’s call was held in Library of Sabauni. The students were informed about the competition, its procedures and deadlines. In the meeting, our last year’s Erasmusians, Khatia Gelashvili and Zurab Dartsmelia shared their experience with interested students. The students had opportunity to give answers to all their questions.
The winner student will receive the Erasmus+ scholarship and will be sent for one semester to John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. The scholarship covers all expenses.
Sabauni has been involved in Erasmus+ program with KUL since 2015-2016 academic year.