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.
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University hosted the staff from University College of Enterprise and Administration of Lublin within the Erasmus+ KA107 ICM. The chancellor of WSPA, Mrs. Elwira Przybylska and Mrs. Malgorzata Orzel from Internationa Relations Office had visited Sabauni from 21st of May till 25th of May.
Polish guests met the rector of Sabauni, prof. Dr. Vaja Vardidze, Vice-Rector, Prof. Dimitry Gegenava and the dean of the faculty of Business and Tourism, Giorgi Mikanadze. During the meeting the parties discussed the ways and opportunities of the future cooperation. There was planned the joint projects and students exchange programs.
Within the visit, Mrs. Elwira Przybylska and Mrs. Malgorzata Orzel made a short presentation of WSPA for Sabauni students, they talked about the WSPA offer for the foreign students.
Sabauni and WSPA cooperate within Erasmus+ KA107 project since 2016-2017 academic year; in March of 2018 Giorgi Mikanadze, dean of faculty of Business and Tourism of Sabauni was participated in International Staff Week, held in WSPA.
On May 19, 2018 The institute of Post-Soviet Studies (IPSS)at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University hosted the international conference on: Post-Soviet Countries -
Challenges, Perspectives. Opening remarks were done by the Rector of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University Dr. Vaja Vardidze, Director of the institute of Post-Soviet
Studies Dr. Gvantsa Abdaladze and the special guest of the conference, member of European Parliament – Dr. Yan Olbrycht. The conference included 4 panels for academia and government officials and 2 youth panels for students and young researchers. There were participants from Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, Armenia.
Affiliated professor of Sabauni, Nazibrola Chinchanaldze spent one week at KUL within Erasmus+ International Teaching Mobility, where delivered lectures in International Law.
“For me, as a professor, this visit, which was funded by Erasmus+ and organized by Sabauni, was very interesting and fruitful. It gave me a possibility to deliver the lectures for foreign students in several topics. Especially interesting was the lecture about the Policy of Effective Occupation with the students from International Relations Faculty. There were the students from Ukraine and thus, we tried to compare the situations of Georgia’s and Ukraine’s occupation. The students had very realistic and interesting questions. We agreed that this is a problem of power and the negligence of society. The meetings with Polish colleagues, prof. Kinga Stasiak and prof. Swenson, helped me to see my approaches with certain issues from the other sides. I think, such kind of visits are very useful for professors and students as well” – Naziblrola Chinchaladze, associate professor of Sabauni, Doctor of Law.
The lectures of Prof. Chinchaladze were attended by Sabauni’s students, Maka Mokia and Juna Iriauli, who are studying in KUL for this current semester.
Sabauni and KUL have a very successful cooperation within Erasmus+ KA107 project since 2015-2016 academic year.
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University / Sabauni became a member of International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU). The decision was made by the member of the Federation on the General Assembly of IFCU hold in Manila (Philippine) in March of 2018. This membership for Sabauni is a big step and possibility for future cooperation with the Universities from all over the world.
IFCU was founded 1924 and for now it has 227 member Universities from all the continent.
Federation has a consultative status with the following organizations:
• The United Nations (UN), in New York
• The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris
• The Council of Europe, in Strasbourg
In addition, IFCU ensures an international presence within the following commissions:
• The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in Vienna
• The Commission of Human Rights, in Geneva
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna