Prof. Tamta Mikaberidze, dean of faculty Business and Tourism took part in Erasmus+ KA107 Administrative staff mobility at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin 13-18 May 2019. During her stay in Lublin, she had arranged several meetings with Polish colleagues. During the meeting with prof. Helena Zukowska, the prospective further cooperation was discussed (Erasmus+ KA107 and joint projects). Joint research projects were discussed with the heads of Institute of economic and management and chair person of the Institute of European Research.
Prof. Tamta Mikaberidze met also Mrs. Anna Tarnowska-Waszak, Head of the Open University of KUL, Dr. Dorota Bis, Head of University Centre for Post-graduate Studies and Vocational Development, Mr. Grzegorz Wenarski, the Head of the Department of International Projects and KUL IRO staff.
The aim of the visit was the sharing experience and best practices, deepening the cooperation, especially in the field of Economic and Business, providing and supporting the joint teaching and research projects.
Sabauni has friendly partnership with KUL since its establishment and there are many joint projects and Erasmus+ Ka107 since 2015-2016 academic year.
Erasmus+ KA2 project “Sustainable Learner Centered Teaching, Advanced Resources for Georgia and China” STAR is approaching in its end and the final project meeting was held in 3-7 June of 2019 in Georgia, aiming to summer up the project outcomes and discuss the possibility of further cooperation between the universities.
In the frame of the project there was elaborated the Manual on “Learner Centered Teaching” in English, Georgian and Chinese (responsible for the WP university of Ruse, Bulgaria), established the Continuous Professional Development units in the partner universities and trained the academic and administrative staff (responsible the University of Coimbra, Portugal), created the online platform which will be accessible for the interested people to get more information about the LCT, CPD units and its implementation in the partner universities, also, get acquainted the experience of universities and ask the questions to the field experts. (responsible for the platform University of Georgia). Those above mentioned topics were the main topic of the final dissemination conference, which was held on 4th June.
Last day of the meeting the partners from China and Czech Republic have the possibility to visit Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, where were greeted by University rector, prof. Vaja Vardidze and Vice rector, prof. Dimitry Gegenava. The partners also met the deans of the faculties.
The meeting was hosted by University of Georgia and all the partners were attended: Massaryk University (Czech Republic, coordinator university), University college of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Coimbra (Portugal), University of Ruse (Bulgaria), Sabauni, Zugdidi State University and five Chinese Universities.
STAR project started in the 2016 and it will end in October of 2019.
On 2 June Baku hosted the third conference established as a cultural bridge. The conference on Contemporary American short stories was held with the cooperation of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Teaching University and Language Co-Working Cetre. The organisers were Tamilla Myrzayeva, the director of the centre and Alexandra Japarova from Azeri side and Tamta Kalichava, visiting lecturer at Sulkhan-Saba University and Ilia State University, Shorena Gogiashvili head of the language center and affiliated assistant at Sulkhan-Saba University, Veriko Khutsishvili invited lecturer at Sulkhan-Saba University from Georgian side. Besides the literature, the Azeris made a performance to introduce their writers to the Georgian guests. The cycle of conferences dedicated to contemporary American literature was conducted the third times throughout three consecutive years. It was the first Georgian visit in Baku.
The opening speeches were made by Almaz Melikova, a famous film critic, working for the National Academy of Science; Aynur Qazanfar qizi- a folklorist in the National Academy of Science; Leyli Aliyeva, a famous translator in the National Academy of Science. The significance of the conference was increased as serious plans were set for the cooperation during next year with the inclusion of other countries by establishing cultural bridges and holding conferences in the same format. Detailed information will be announced to students later.
4 June of 2019 the Final Dissemination Conference of the Erasmus+ KA2 project “Sustainable Learner Centered Teaching - Advanced Resources for Georgia and China (STAR) was held, where participated all the partner universities involved in the project.
The Welcome Speeches were made by Koka Topuria, rector of University of Georgia, Dr. LIka Glonti head of National Erasmus Office in Georgia, who spoke about the necessity and need of implementation learner centered teaching in Georgian Educational System, the importance of cooperation within Erasmus+ programs and sharing experience from the european colleagues.
After the opening speeches, representatives of european universities spoke about the project, its objectives, implementation and outcomes: Ivana Marova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), summer up the projects general objectives and realized activities, Tsvetelina Harachkeva (University of Ruse, Bulgaria) spoke about the manual on LCT, she is one of the author , and Teresa Pesoa and Silvia Nolan (University of Coimbra, Portugal) spoke about the face to face training and CPD. LCT implementation and challenges was the topic of the Johnny Baltzersen from University college Copenhagen (Danmark)
The second part of the conference was dedicated to the presentations of partner universities, where they talked about the results, outcomes and main challenges of the project. Prof. Eka Natsvlishvili, prof. Of Sabauni, spoke about the outcomes of the project for Sabauni, CPD done, ongoing and planned activities and challenges regarding the implementation of the LCT in classes.
The final dissemination conference was held in the framework of STAR project 7th meeting which as held from 3 June till 7 June at University of Georgia. The project “Sustainable learner centered Teaching - Advanced Resources for Georgia and China” begun in 2016 and will end in october of 2019.
Within the project there are the main outcomes: Established Continuous Professional Development Center, Elaborated the Manual on Learner Centered, launched the training module on LCT, trained the academic personnel of the university.
Sabauni rector, prof. Vaja Vardidze participated in the international conference around the issue of sustainability , not only from a scientific approach, but also extending to a moral, social, legal and political dimension, based on the encyclical Laudato si' written by Pope Francis, published on 24 May 2015, that was hosted by Pazman Peter Catholic University (hungary).
The lectures were followed by round-table discussions, in accordance with the usual procedures of the conference of Catholic universities in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on educational and research cooperation in the areas of concern.
On the closing day of the conference the progress of sustainability, family science, interfaith dialogue and new technical and biomedical principles of medical results which are analyzed on the basis of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Various institutions represented themselves at the scientific exchange, such as the Catholic University of Croatia, the Ukrainian Catholic University, the Catholic University in Ružomberok, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the Palacký University Olomouc, Graz University of Technology, the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), the John Templeton Foundation, and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Central and Eastern Europe delegate.
The participants of the conference were welcomed by archbishop Michael A. Blume, current Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary; William C. Donahue, Director of UND Nanovic Institute and Prof. Szabolcs Szuromi, Rector of PPCU.
The welcome speeches were followed by speeches and lectures of Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar, former Associate Director for Science for the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. ('Contradictions in the area of sustainability: what, why and how?'); Prof. Michael Narodoslawsky of Graz University of Technology about the technical, economic and political challenges of sustainability; Prof. Željko Tanjić, Rector of the Catholic University of Croatia on theological aspects of sustainability; Dr. Emőke Korzenszky ('Ethical Imperatives of Global Sustainability') and Prof. Heriberto Cabezas, member of PPCU's Laudato si' Institute and head of the Bioethics Center ('Water, food and energy').
The first conference of Catholic Universities was held in 2005 and has annual character and is organized by University of Notre Dame (UND, Indiana) and the Nanovic Institute (related to studying Eastern and Central Europe).
The next conference will be hosted by Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University in May of 2020.
30 May 2019 “Learner Centered Teaching” training for academic staff was held at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, where academic staff from 9 Georgian universities were attended. the first part of the event the trainers shared the information on LCT with trainees, the following methods were emphasized: Task based learning (TBL), problem-based learning (PBL), project-based learning (PBL), Discovery learning and learning contract, while the second part the participants worked in the groups according to the handouts. The training was headed by Sabauni professors, Ekaterine Natsvlishvili and Gvantsa Abdaladze, who were involved in the project from the beginning.
Training module “Learner Centered Teaching” was elaborated within Erasmus+ KA2 “Sustainable Learner Centered Teaching, advanced Resources for Georgia and China” (STAR). In the framework of the project, the Manual was created where is collected the best practice regarding the above-mentioned teaching approaches. Beside this, the Center for Professional Development was established at the University aiming to prepare and offer trainings for professional development to our academic staff.
After the training the participants were awarded by Certificate.
Center for Professional Development will regularly offer such kind of trainings to academic staff of Sabauni and other stakeholders as well.
On 16-18 May 2019 prof. Vaja Vardidze, rector and prof. Dimitry Gegenava, vice rector of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Universtiy paid a visit at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), where General Assembly of FUCE (Federation of European Catholic Universities) was held. The topic of the GA was “European Humanism in the making”
The Assembly was divided into three parts. The topic of the first part was “The European Social and Political Construction: Challenges for the future”, where speeches were delivered by Steven Van Hecke, prof. of KU Leuven and Franck Vandenbroucke, prof. of the University of Antwerp.
The second part was dedicated to the newly established interdisciplinary study program (for BA and MA) “European Humanism in the making”. The program and course coordinators have presented the educational program and after that the audience discussed it. Establishing the program, FUCE wanted to address the Pope Francis’ question “What happened to humanist Europe, the defender of human rights, democracy and freedom?” accordingly, during the assembly the following questions were discussed:
“How to reinterpret the values that underpin European Humanism”
“How relevant is European humanism in a globalized world and how may it apply to current society”
“How can European humanism contribute to current issues of governance, citizenship, prosperity, solidarity and human development?”
How do we study European humanism and how to apply it in higher education”?
During the third part of the meeting “hope for the future” was the topic of discussion and seminars. Among the speakers, there was Herman Van Rompuy, Minister of State, former Belgian prime Minister and first President of the European Council was presented.
During the GA the new president of FUCE was elected. Rev. Prof. Micahel Mullaney, president of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth (Irland) will take the post of the president for the next three year. From the 2013 the president of the federation was Rev. Prof. Magnin Thierry, rector of Catholic University of Lyon (France).
In the framework of study program “European Humanism in the making” there will be held summer school for the student in the Italy (University of LUMSA), where two students of Sabauni, Khatia Khapava and Mariam Abuashvili will participate in this July.
Sabauni became a member of FUCE last year and since then, it is actively involved in the various events organized by FUCE. The member of assembly discussed the FUCE grant question and according to the decision, three students of Sabauni will get study mobility grant for the next academic year (winter semester).
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University prof. Tamtam Mikaberidze, dean of faculty of Business and Tourism, affiliated professors of the faculty, Nino Papachashvili and Marine Tavartkiladze participated in the International Conference “World Economy 2019 – learning from the past and designing the future”, organized by the collegium of World Economy, which was held on 9-10 May 2019 at Economic School of Warsaw (Poland).
Sabauni professors participated in the different sections and their speeches raised big interest between the conference participants.
In the framework of the conference the future prospective of the future cooperation was planned.
13-17 May of 2019 Sabauni hosted rev. Jaroslaw Marczewski, associated professor of John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin within Erasmus+ KA107 teaching mobility. In framework of his visit, prof. Marczewski delivered public lectures for the students on the topic “Tolerance”. During the lecture, professor spoke about the paradigm of Tolerance in Bible, he referred also the issues of Tolerance in the early ages and Modern Europe. After the completion of the lecture, the students were awarded with the certificates.
Within the visit, prof. Marczewski led meeting with the administration of Sabauni, where the future plans of cooperations were discussed. After the visit, professor shared his opinion to us: “For me, Erasmus+ program at Sabauni is a synonym of development and broadening academic horizons. It is also a great opportunity to get to know the culture of the country, Georgian people, their customs and beautiful historic places. In my personal opinion, the biggest profit of Erasmus+ mobility programs are getting to know other people connected with the academic environment. As a result, you can enrich each other with views on interesting and current topics.
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University is involved in Erasmus+ KA107 from 2015-2016 and since that time, we have student and staff mobility with partner universities.
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University professor, father Gabriele Bragantini and student Mariam Doghonadze participated in the international conference “Unified in Baptism”, which was held 23th – 28th April in the student house of Jaun Damascus (Vienna, Austria).
The working topic of the theological conference and workshop for the students was “Unified in Baptism”. The participants of the conference and workshop were greeted by official letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
During the conference and workshop problems and disagreements between the East and West churches were discussed, focusing on the practice of re-baptize. Gabriele spoke about the topic why is it written in the Creed “I confess One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins”?!
The participants of the conference were Theologians and the students of faculty of Theology from Germany, Georgia, Ireland and Ukraine. The thesis of the conference will be published in Georgian and in German languages.
I am very thankful that I had an opportunity to participate in the working week and discuss the interesting topics with the professionals from different countries. I think, such kind of meetings will contribute to the restoration and interconnection between the catholic and orthodox churches – Mariam Doghonadze said.
The second Georgian-German theological conference was organized by the founders of the Student’s house of John Damascus, Doctor of Theology Givi Lomidze and prof. Michaela Hashteter .