December 24 University of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty hosted a student scientific conference “Conflict Transformation and Peace Processes”. We have students from another university such as: Ilia State university, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Students and society had an opportunity to discuss an important political fields as political violence, ethnic conflict and contemporary wars: broad implications, peace-making and peace-building mechanisms. At the end of the conference the winners have awarded with a symbolic gifts.
On 20th December of 2018 in the center of professional development a meeting was held with academic personnel who have been participated in the face-to-face training held in October by STAR members. In the meeting the participant exchanged their opinion and planned the activities for the next year. In the middle of January of 2019, the training about the modern teaching methods will be held for academic staff of Sabauni, where the participant receive the general information the modern teaching methods and also, about the manual of Learner-Centered Teaching, which was elaborated within the STAR project. Second day of the training will be workshop for each directions of the study. During the workshops it will be discussed the modern teaching methods that are more or less innovative for Georgian Educational system. The emphasis will be on the five teaching methods that are discussed in the Manual of Learner-Centered Teaching. The training will be delivered by the academic personnel who have been participated in the face-to-face training and professors involved in the STAR project.
The Center for Professional Development was established in the April of the current year in the framework of the STAR project and its main goal is to take care of professional development of academic and administrative personnel of SABAUNI.
On 13 th December the memorandum of understanindg was signed between Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University and Technical University of Cologne, that envisages the cooperation within the exchange programs for students, academic and administrative staff and the scientific-research projects in the field of business and economics.
In the frame of event, there was held the presentation of the book "Values of Goergia". Author of the book, Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Lindner, Professor of the Technical University of Cologne, talked how and why he decided to write this book.
The event was preceded by prof. Lindner's one week intensive workshop for Sabauni students "Consulting and Information System in the Business". After the workshop students were given the certificates of attendance.
On 3-7 December 2018 Mrs. Salome Kartsivadze, an assistant of the dean of the Faculty of Law and Mr Lasha Mikadze, the assistant of the dean of the faculty of Business and Tourism, paid an Erasmus+ KA107 Administrative staff mobility visit at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow (UPJP2), where during a week they had meetings with the several structural units of UPJP2. There got acquainted the administration procedures of study process, met the faculty members, discussed the future cooperation plan with the representative of the IR office of the university. Within the visit, they were shown Library of the University, archives, got acquainted the security system of the Book and got the information about Scientific Electronic Databases.
In the framework of the cultural program, the representatives of Sabauni visited the Museum of John Paul II in Wadowice.
The aim of the Erasmus+ KA107 project is sharing and exchanging the best practice between the universities.
Sabauni and UPJP2 have good partnership and have cooperation within several joint projects.
Sabauni is involved in Erasmus+ KA107 project since 2015-2016 academic year.
On 26 – 30 November of 2018 Shorena Parunashvili, head of International Relations Office at Sabauni took a part in the International Staff Week at the University college of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin (SWPA) within Erasmus+ KA107 program. The Staff Week was attended by the partner universities from Easter Europe and central Asia.
“The main aim of the International Staff Week is to build cooperation among the participant universities and sharing their best practice and experience. During the week, we had a possibility to present our Universities and discuss the possible cooperation with the universities who have the common study programs and fields. Besides this, we all the participants, were from the Partner countries, that decrease the chance to cooperate within Erasmus+ KA1, I think, this week was fruitful, I had meetings with some university representatives and discuss the ways of the future cooperation and I hope, soon, we will offer interesting projects to our students and staff” - noticed Shorena Parunashvili, head of IR office and Erasmus+ projects coordinator.
Within the IW, the participants visited the Historical part of Lublin and Regional Museum of Tsebulash (traditional polish pie with onion). The last day of the week was dedicated to the fair, where the WSPA students have the possibility to get familiar with participant universities advertising materials and also to taste some traditional sweets from different countries.
Sabauni cooperates with WSPA within Erasmus+ program since 2017.
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.
According to the competition for getting Erasmus+ ICM grant, three students of Sabauni’s Master Program of Law will be sent for one semester study in the partner universities.
Erasmus+ grant owners are:
Neli Goginava and Mariam Kutaladze, in the Catholic University of Lyon (France)
Giorgi Janashvili in the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
We wish the success to our students.
Academic and administrative staff of Sabauni attended on the training of trainee that was held within the Erasmus+ KA2 STAR project on 16-18 October at University of Georgia. The main aim of the project “Sustainable Learner-Centered Teaching - Advanced Resources for Georgia and China (STAR)” is to collect the best practice of Learner-Centered Teaching into one manual considering the situation in Georgian and Chinese educational system and its implementation in the partner HEI. The first part of the project was dedicated to the development of the manual and establishment of CPD units at the Georgian and Chinese Universities. The next step according to the project is training for trainees and its implementation. Participant academic and administrative staff will provide the trainings for the professor of Sabauni. The trainings will be offered by newly established Center for Continuous Professional Development.
The trainings were divided into two part: for academic staff and for administrative staff. Academic staff were trained on the new teaching methods and administrative staff were informed about the CPD units.
Before the face-to-face training, the participant were able to share their experience and get familiar to the project during the online training (24 September – 13 October).
The trainings were prepared by the representatives of the partner Universities from: University of Coimbra (Portugal), University of Ruse (Bulgaria) Masaryk University (Czech Republic).
The training of trainee was held in frame of fourth project meeting, which was planned on 15-19 October. At the end of the meeting the participants of the project were concluded the trainings and discussed the agenda of the fifth meeting in Zhanjiang (China), which took place on 22 – 26 October.
The first day of the fifth project meeting was held interim project conference, where the partners talked about the project development, results and future plan. Within this meeting the partner from Chinese Universities were trained as well.
Within the STAR project, there were held working meetings in Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), University of Ruse (Bulgaria, Ruse), University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal).
STAR project was started in October of 2016 and will end by the end of October of 2019.
Ani Gavasheli and Khatuna Mkhoyan, students of faculty of Business and Tourism of Sabauni, awarded Erasmus+ KA107 ICM scholarship. They will study spring semester of 2018-2019 academic year in the University of Valladolid, Spain.
Erasmus+ is a funded program of European Commission that covers all the expenses of the grant holder.