ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY _ THE FIRST GEORGIAN UNIVERSITY WITH THE STATUS OF FULL PARTNER WITHIN ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME
Within the framework of Erasmus+ joint programmes competition, the joint master’s degree programme of the international consortium comprising 8 universities in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies(CEERES) has been funded. Apart from Ilia State University, the consortium comprises the universities as follows: The University of Glasgow (Great Britain), The University of Tartu (Estonia), Corvinus University (Hungary), the Jagiellonian University (Poland), Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Russia), and KIMEP University (Kazakhstan).
Within the aforementioned master programmes, ISU has been conferred the status of full partner. This implies that the programme graduates together with diplomas from the European universities will get academic degrees from ISU. It is also noteworthy that ISU is the first higher education institution which in 2017 within Erasmus+ programme obtained the status of full partner and the right to confer degrees.
The joint programme aims to produce professionals with modern and systematic knowledge on Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia and particularly the Caucasus region who will manage to negotiate political, security and social-economic challenges in the region by applying modern approaches in the field and research methods.
The joint programme will launch admissions for fall 2018. Students having chosen the Caucasus Studies will spend the second year of their studies at ISU and obtain academic degrees from three universities:
- Master of Arts in Social Science (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasia Studies), in Estonian Magistrikraad sotsiaalteadustes (Kesk- ja Ida-Euroopa, Venemaa ja Euraasia uuringud, The University of Tartu (Estonia);
- International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, the UK;
- Master of Caucasian Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
For several years, the EU has fully funded joint programmes by different universities throughout the world within the Erasmus+ programme. The project comprises 186 universities and more than 600 organizations from 84 countries. In 2017, following the decision of the Commission, 38 new programmes were added to the list of Erasmus Mundus joint master degree programmes, out of which three joint master’s degree programmes were implemented in cooperation with the universities of Georgia and two of them in cooperation with ISU. Detailed information is available here.