Cooperation with Estonia
Giorgi Sharvashidze, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia met with the Delegation of Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, within the European Higher Education Area Ministerial Conference and 4th Bologna Policy Forum on May 14. At the meeting, the current state of affairs in the field of education in both countries, specifically education quality assurance and funding arrangements for pre-school, vocational and higher education were discussed.
Ana Kivime, Head of Higher Education Department of Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia underlined the support professed by the Minister of Education and Research of Estonia regarding the prospects of cooperation between Georgia and Estonia on higher education funding.
During the meeting the Georgian side underlined the ongoing internationalization of education quality assurance; at the present, LEPL- National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement is enjoying the Affiliate status at ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and plans to apply for the full membership after the renewal of the membership criteria by ENQA. Mr. Sharvashidze talked about the Georgian aspiration to offer the Eastern European students Bachelor's and Master's programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The programs will be presented jointly with the leading American universities and have the ABET international accreditation. The Deputy Minister pointed that project relays on the results of the study, demonstrating Georgia's high scientific potential in fields of life sciences. The Georgian side also expressed its desire to deepen the cooperation with the Universities of Tartu and Tallinn, also with the Estonian Business School.
Estonian delegation underlined the major ongoing developments in sphere of education, particularly, separation of small schools and gymnasiums; opening the public schools in the cities to ensure the young people's preparation for HEIs; also the vocational education popularization efforts by Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, specifically, Ministry carries the project in the frames of which participating educational institutions ensure the vocational education credits recognition at the Bachelor's program level and therefore closing the educational gap.