In 2001-2003 EU Tempus TACIS Project was accomplished at Grigol Robakidze University
Among a lot of higher educational institutions Grigol Robakidze University was chosen to participate in the project as it completely met the project requirements.
The aim of the project was
a) To bring the teaching and learning system exiting in Georgia in correspondence with the European standards.
b) To generalize the model implemented at Grigol Robakidze University within the scope of this project and disseminate it in other higher educational institutions.
For the accomplishment of these goals the “Academic Quality Assurance Centre” was
established at Grigol Robakidze University. This is a completely new structure in the
higher educational system of Georgia.
What was done
- A great part of teachers and professors passed the programme of professional retraining in the European partner universities as well as in Grigol Robakidze University with the help of foreign trainers
- A group of high-level trainers was prepared who permanently accomplish the programme of professional development for the university teachers
- The Centre conducted a five-day training for large-scale state educational institutions on the base of the Ministry of Education
- The University was presented with expensive technique
What was changed
- The approach to the strategy of the preparation of specialists
- The principles of drawing up academic programmes
- The conception of teachers’ professional development
- The approach to the teaching and learning process
What was implemented
- The modern mechanisms of the academic quality assurance
- The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
- The technologies of interactive teaching
- The academic programmes worked out with the immediate participation of the European experts and matched with the programmes of the partner universities
What became the essential value
- A student as the main subject of the teaching and learning process
- Providing perspectives for a student’s development
Within the scope of this project, the partners of Grigol Robakidze University were the Nottingham Trent University (Great Britain) and Lund University (Sweden). The most significant, though an indirect result of this project is the Memorandum of Cooperation signed between Nottingham Trent University and Grigol Robakidze University in June 2002. It includes all aspects of the university life including student exchange programmes.
As a result of TACIS monitoring the project received the grade A.