Within the scope of the Higher Education Reform, the Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport of Georgia Nunu Mitskevichi, held a working meeting with the representatives of the creative and higher education institutions. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a new model of funding focused on higher education, taking into account the specificities of relevant universities.The meeting was attended by representatives of Shota Rustaveli State University of Theater and Cinema, Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory, Apollon Kutateladze State Academy of Arts and Batumi Art University.
Nunu Mitskevichi further explained, that their involvement in the process of refining a new model of higher education funding is important to maximize the specificity of each university.
Representatives of the universities presented the main results of last few years and the academic achievements of 2019, in conjunction with highlighing the needs that will enable them to conduct a full-fledged teaching process and to ensure international standards of quality. It was also stressed that it is necessary to return successful graduates working abroad to the academic space, to provide them with appropriate working conditions and, in general, to attract young staff to the system.
In addition, Nunu Mitskevichi emphasized that the ministry plans to meet with the representatives of EU's next framework program - Horizon Europe. She added, the mechanisms should be established that would significantly improve the success rate of Georgian universities and research institutions.
Workshops have already been held with the heads of four state universities and research institutes under their jurisdiction, as well as with the Structural Science Units under the Ministry to develop and finance a new model of higher education and science policy.