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The Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Mikheil Chkhenkeli hosted the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Georgia, Rina Kalyurand , where the parties discussed the ongoing projects at all levels of education, in conjunction with prospects for expanding the existing cooperation.
During the meeting, the parties shared the experience of their countries in ensuring a continuous education process in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister informed the Ambassador about the decision of the Coordination Council, which implies the continuation of education in classrooms throughout Georgia from February 15.
Mikheil Chkhenkeli thanked the Ambassador for several important and fruitful projects in the field of education. The parties positively assessed the cooperation between Georgia and Estonia in the fields of education and science. The Minister particularly highlighted the project in the field of general education, which was implemented in cooperation with the Government of Estonia and the United Nations Children's Fund. The project provided a complete revision of the national curriculum for middle school. As a result, a third-generation document was created that will maximize the development of each student's skills. The parties also discussed the mobility of teachers in public and vocational schools.
Mikheil Chkhenkeli and Rina Kalyurand discussed the development of two ongoing mega-projects in the Georgian education system - Kutaisi International University and the Hadron Therapy Center, as well as the expansion of cooperation with the Estonian side. The Minister emphasized that the author of the idea and the entire concept of Kutaisi International University belongs Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili. As a result of his and his family's extremely important contribution, a world-class academic space has emerged in the country. According to Mikheil Chkhenkeli, the university is based on international standards and is focused on quality. Along with Georgians, foreign professors are also involved in the university life.
The minister spoke about the Hadron Therapy Center, which will house two cyclotrons. One of these will be used to treat tumors with ultra-modern methods, whereas the second cyclotron will be utilized for a scientific research process in nuclear experimental physics, radiation biophysics and chemistry. It should be noted that the Hadron Therapy Center is funded and implemented by the International Charitable Foundation "Cartu". In his speech, the Minister noted that he welcomed the involvement of professors from leading Estonian universities in the academic and research process of Kutaisi International University. The Ambassador of Estonia, in turn, expressed readiness to cooperate with Georgia in this regard.