Dimitri Kobakhidze, affiliated professor of faculty of Business and Tourism at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University took part in Erasmus+ KA107 program with the University of Social Sciences in Lodz (SAN) in April 13-17. Within the program he delivered the lectures on Marketing with the students of SAN and the Klark University (Lodz, Poland). For evaluation of the visit, we asked few questions to prof. Kobakhidze.
Prof. Dimitri, what was important point you can mention in this mobility program?
This program gave me to get to know my Polish colleagues and establish good business and friendly relationship with them. Sharing the experience and opinions on teaching methods was very interesting for me. I was curios about the Poland and what I saw in Lodz, was more than I expected.
How do you think, what is the main benefit of such kind of exchange programs (Erasmus+, Exchange programs) for the students and academic staff?
I think, that such programs are very important, as we have now different reality than before, when the education was necessary for only local labor market. Nowadays, alumni of the universities can be considered as the competitive candidates for international labor area. Which on the other hand requires from the home university implementation of standards for getting Universal and global knowledge? Thus, it is very important build the partnership between the foreign universities.
Would you recommend participation in Erasmus+ program?
Yes, sure, I strongly recommend, as this mobility program gives the opportunity to share/ exchange experience and best practice with foreign colleagues and implement it in your teaching practice. For this reason, staff exchange is good for the universities as well. We can think, what we can adopt from our foreign colleagues and at the same time, what we have special, that could be shared with foreigners.
Sulkan-Saba Orbeliani University is involved in the Erasmus+ KA107 programs from 2015-2016 academic year and since that time, there are number of students and staff mobilities in the partner universities and vice versa.
In the photo, from the left: Mrs. joanna szczecińska (head of SAN International Office), Mr. Adam Bednarek (Head of the Clark University-SAN) and Mr. Dimitri Kobakhidze
13th April 2019 Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University hosted 11th International Conference “Free Market Road Show” Europe at a crossroads – reinventing freedom 30 years after Wall. Each year the annual conference takes place in different countries and cities of Europe and Caucasus where the scientist, businessmen, diplomats, officials, students and just interested persons are participating.
The conference was organized by faculty of Business and Tourism in cooperation with New Economic School-Georgia. In the beginning of the event welcome speech were delivered by prof. Vaja Vardidze, rector of Sabauni, H.E. Arad Benkoe the Ambassador of Republic of Austria in Georgia and Gia Jandieri, vice president of New Economic School-Georgia.
Prof. Tamta Mikaberidze, dean of the faculty of Business and Tourism and affiliated lecture Giorgi Chkhikvadze were the main moderators of the conference, which was focused on European Values, open boarders and the possibilities. Among the varies topics It was highlighted the importance of Liberalism, Rule of Law, Brexit, role of the governance in the monetary system.
The speakers were scientists and practitioner professionals invited from abroad:
Prof. Dr. Christopher Lingle, (US) International Political Economic Advisor for the Asian Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA – Kathmandu) and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels).
Vahagn Khachaturyan, AM Former Mayor of Yerevan;
Kai Weiss, DE Research and Outreach Coordinator at the Austrian Economics Center and a board member of the Hayek Institute. His main research interests are European and EU politics, philosophy, and technology.
Federico Fernandez, AR Federico N. Fernández is President of Fundación Internacional Bases (Rosario, Argentina) and a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.
Richard Teather, UK; The leading British academic specialising in offshore tax jurisdictions. As well as academic work he also acts as consultant to governmental and industry bodies. His writings have been published in three continents, translated into over 10 foreign languages.
Thomas Bachheimer, AT President of the European Goldstandard Institute, he has been trading at stock exchanges in Dublin, Munich and Vienna very successfully with a special focus on government bonds and commodity derivatives.
From Georgian side the speakers were
Paata Sheshelidze, GE Paata Sheshelidze economist, co-founder (Since August, 2001) and president of the New Economic School – Georgia
Gia Jandieri, GE In 2001 Mr. Jandieri co-founded and since that time has been the Vice-president of New Economic School – Georgia.
Akaki Tsomaia, GE
Professor of Economics at University of Georgia, Caucasus University and Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University. worked in private sector, Alumni of US Fulbright Program.
The conference was supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
10 April of 2019, “Learner Centered Teaching” training for academic staff was held at Samtskhe-Javakheti State University (Akhaltsikhe) organized by CPD center of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Universtiy. The training was leaded Sabauni professors and trainers Ekaterine Natsvlishvili and Gvantsa Abdaladze. The training was emphasized on the following teaching methods: Task based learning (TBL), Problem based learning (PBL), Project based learning (PBL), Discovery learning and Learning contract. The trainees got information about the competences in HE, modern teaching methods and its importance for nowadays teaching.
The training module “Learner Center Teaching” was elaborated within the Erasmus+ KA2 project “Sustainable Learner Centered Teaching, Advanced Recourses for Georgia and China” (STAR), which is running project since 2016. Based on the best experience and interesting practice of European Universities (involved in the project), there was created Manual on LCT, which is available in English and Georgian languages (also in Chinese for China). The manual includes the information about the LCT methods, examples and best practices regarding the implementation of LCT approaches.
Beside this, Center for Professional Development was established in the framework of the project STAR, which aims to care the professional development of the university academic staff.
At the end of the training, certificates were given to the participants.
CPD center will offer the trainings for academic and administrative staff regularly in the future.
STAR project is ongoing project from 2016, during the elaboration the manual and training module, the best practice of the following partner universities was considered: Masaryk University (Czech Republic, project coordinator), University of Ruse (Bulgaria), University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University college of Copenhagen (Denmark).
Sabauni staff, Shorena Parunashvili, head of international Relations office and Natia Shekiladze, Head of Quality Assurance service paid a visit at Masaryk University, where the sixth meeting of STAR project was held. All the participating universities representatives attended the meeting.
The aim of the meeting was presentations of the activities planned within the project, sharing the experience and interesting practice with partners.
Natia Shekiladze “A meeting in Brno was different from the previous meetings, as we have shared our practice and fulfilled result with partners. Georgian and Chinese parts presented how they managed to establish CPD unit according to the experience gained within the project, the structure and future activities of the unit. The main aim of the CPD unit is to promote the project result through implementation of LCT methods in the HEI. The activities carried out by the partner universities in the field of teacher training were impressive. Such kind of trainings help the teachers to use LCT methods more actively in their teaching. In June, we will discuss the results of LCT implementation in study process.”
Shorena Parunashvili, head of IRO “the meeting held in Masaryk University was interesting and important for us, as we discussed the activities we have planed and realized within the project. The aim of the project is to increase awareness of LCT methods in Georgian and Chinese society and support its implementation. The European Universities has already implemented LCT 1-2 decades ago and have good experience in it, while Georgian and Chinese universities have different reality, both of the country are in the initial stage of acquisition and implementation of these methods.
During the meeting, we discussed the online platform, its content and importance of its usage. On the platform there will be uploaded manual of LCT methods, elaborated within the project, methods itself with the examples from each university. There will be also opportunity to ask question to expert and get qualified answer from European partners. Online platform will be available at the end of June.”
According to the agenda, the participant have good possibility to enjoy guided city tour, Brno underground and Mendel’s museum.
STAR project “Sustainable Learner Centered Teaching – Advance Resource for Georgia and China) funded within the Erasmus+ KA2, has started in October of 2016 and will end in October of this year. In frame of the project the manual of LCT methods was elaborated, which is focused on the five following approaches: Problem Based Learning (PBL), Project Based Learning (PBL), Task Based Learning (TBL), Discovery Learning (DL) and Learning Contract (LC).
In the June, the final conference will be held in Tbilisi, where the results of the project and its implementation will be discussed.
Manual in English is available here.
On 20th February a workshop for the academic staff of Faculty of Theology was held at Sabauni. The workshop was organized by the Center for Professional Development of the University. During the workshop the new approaches regarding the accreditation was discussed with Mrs. Natia Shekiladze, the head of Quality Assurance Office. Also, the participants worked in groups on the methodology of educational programs and syllabus writing. Besides this, the several problematic issues was discussed.
CPD unit was established under the Erasmus+ KA2 “Sustainable Learner Centred teaching – advanced Resources for Georgia and China” project. The aim of the center is to support professional development of the academic staff of Sabauni. The University will offer such kind of trainings and workshops to its academic personnel.
16 February a training for academic staff of Sabauni “Learner Centered Teaching” was held in Sabauni, which was elaborated within the Erasmus+ KA2 project “Sustainable Learner-centered Teaching – Advanced Resource for Georgia and China” (STAR).
The training was organized by CPD unit, which was established within the STAR project and its main aim is to support academic staff and care their career development.
The event was divided into two part: First one was training, headed by prof. Ekaterine Natsvlishvili and prof. Gvantsa Abdaladze who were team member of the project and have taken the participation in the project. Second part of the event was dedicated to the workshop – delivered by academic staff who were trained during the training of trainee in the last October organized by the STAR project. During the workshops, the participants discussed new teaching approaches, exchange their best practices and experiences.
Training was based on the manual “Learner Centred Teaching” elaborated within the project and it is available in English and in Georgian. For manual, click here.
At the end of the day the participants were awarded certificates.
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.