Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Introduction

Today the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University is one of the first scientific-research institutions of Georgia. It implements about 200 local and international scientific grant programs annually.

The Tbilisi State University is one of the largest higher educational institutions by its scales. Today about 22 thousand students are undergoing studies at seven faculties of TSU.

Along with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, the Tbilisi State University also implements higher vocational education, as well as short and long term certification programs. Based on close cooperation with foreign universities, Georgian students have opportunities to participate in exchange and joint international educational programs and gain double academic degrees.

Tbilisi State University is an active member of leading international education networks and is proud of its alumni - prominent professors, scientists and graduates, who have successfully integrated into the European community and gained the recognition worldwide.

TSU offers a wide variety of degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and short courses offered in English language attracting students from all over the world. The internalization of TSU is fast- paced and it aims at creating multicultural environment that will enhance teaching and research opportunities. TSU promotes the equality to access education and believes in engaging and valuing all students and staff.

Mission of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

The Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) is a spiritual and intellectual successor of multi-century Georgian culture, humanistic traditions and old Georgian educational, scientific and cultural centers.
The mission of this first Georgian university is:

  • To establish national and universal values;
  • To promote the intellectual, moral, cultural and socio-economic development of the society;
  • To develop the university traditions through innovative research and learning;
  • To protect academic freedom;
  • To take care of personal and professional development of students and professors;
  • To create, maintain and transfer knowledge;
  • To develop basic and applied research studies;
  • To promote student-centered learning and to train competitive staff;
  • To promote continuing education;
  • To develop international academic and scientific collaboration;
  • To provide honorary membership of the free global university society.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MA program in Applied Biosciences

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Georgia Tbilisi

A new Master’s degree program in Applied Biosciences has been designed at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Tbilisi State University, within the framework of the TEMPUS Project ((#159340 Tempus-1-2009-1-ES-Tempus-JPCR - “MAPB”) in partnership with other local, regional and European Universities, such as Akaki Tsereteli State University, Georgian State Agrarian University, Yerevan State University, Armenian State Agrarian University, University of Alicante (Spain), University of West of... [+]

A new Master’s degree program in Applied Biosciences has been designed at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Tbilisi State University, within the framework of the TEMPUS Project ((#159340 Tempus-1-2009-1-ES-Tempus-JPCR - “MAPB”) in partnership with other local, regional and European Universities, such as Akaki Tsereteli State University, Georgian State Agrarian University, Yerevan State University, Armenian State Agrarian University, University of Alicante (Spain), University of West of England, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Consulting Company P&B (Portugal). The program meets the TSU development and HEI reform strategy and priorities. The studentoriented program with a modular approach to teaching includes four strands in Healthcare, Food, Environment and Agricultural Biotechnology. It envisages the control of European standards for academic quality, program management and program accreditation. By intensive use of computerbased technologies the program will provide introduction of modern teaching methodologies (including online e-learning) and scientific investigations relevant to today’s standards. The program offers specialization courses designed to prepare high-qualified professionals in applied biosciences and biotechnology as well as narrow-profile specialists in the spheres of their interest. A large number of subjects are newly designed, aimed to be economical and flexible. The curriculum covers different aspects of applied biosciences and biotechnology, such as key concepts and advances in applied biosciences; legislative, commercial and ethical principles, and biosecurity issues. After completion of the program, the graduates will gain in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in the subjects taught, as well as general and specific skills, required for further successful scientific or other carreer. The program also offers students the course in Field Specific English that will help students to improve their knowledge with an emphasis to learning scientific terms and phrases, that is of extreme importance today, when English obviously dominates in modern scientific society. Programme Goals and Objectives The programme aims to: Provide courses of study which meet the standards of TSU Quality Assurance Office and the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement; Produce qualified specialists in multidisciplinary field of applied biosciences. On the basis of four strands’ modules (in Healthcare Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Agrobiotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology) the program aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge in core disciplines of biosciences such as Genomics; Microbial Techniques; Applied Toxicology; Principles of Biosecurity; Legislative, Ethical and Commercial Principles of Biosciences, as well as in specialized areas of Healthcare Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Agrobiotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology; Produce qualified specialists with the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding in practice; to act adequately in new multidisciplinal environment; to handle complex problems by means of innovative original approaches; to conduct independent research by using modern approaches and techniques; Produce graduates who have a range of core skills including: the ability to formulate judgements with incomplete or limited information, reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities; the ability to extract, critically analyze, and innovatively synthesize information; the ability to communicate the data and conclusions to specialist and nonspecialist audiences clearly and unambiguously; learning skills to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous; the ability to evaluate attitude towards values and participate in creation and implementation of new values; Contribute in the students’ personal development ( communication, language knowledge, etc) and their involvement to the scientific-research, as well as social activities including participations at conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, etc. Prepare qualified specialists with the knowledge and skills suitable for: subject-related career in research, teaching or management in educational and research institutions, industry or government agencies; general careers with the emphasis on non-subject-specific skills or to continue more advanced studies. Employment Opportunities The graduates of the program have a wide range of employment opportunities. The potential employers of the MSc Applied Biosciences graduates include scientific research laboratories, clinical laboratories and diagnostic centres, pharmacological and pharmaceutical companies, analytical services, agroindustry, food processing, supply, safe and sale services, etc. Along with the subjectrelated career in research, teaching or management in industry or government agencies the graduates can follow general careers with the emphasis on non-subject-specific skills. Learning Continuation Prospects The graduates of the MSc Applied Biosciences program can continue more advanced studies and apply for post-graduate doctoral programs in Georgian as well as foreign higher educational institutions. Entry Requirements Admission to the Master’s programme “Applied Biosciences” meets the general TSU graduate admission requirements. Who can enroll on the MSc “Applied Biosciences” programme: 1. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree diploma (or qualifications recognised as equivalent) in a relevant field: Biology, Applied Biology/Biosciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biomedicine, Medicine, Healthcare, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Psychology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Agrarian/Agricultural Sciences who had at least 15 ECTS credits in Biological disciplines 2. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree diploma (or qualifications recognised as equivalent) who have passed Minor Programs in Biology or Applied Biology/Biosciences. To be admitted to the Engish-language programme Georgian Citizens should pass the Unified Master’s exam and the exam in General Biology. The enrollment of the foreign nationals and the people without citizenship is regulated by the legislation from the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science. Additional Admission Requirements for the Program For admission to the Program, the knowledge of English at B2 level is desirable. All applicants will be interviewed by the program director and program board members. Among competing applicants, preference will be given to those who have participated in scientific conferences, trained at international schools or overseas universities, had professional experience in relevant or adjacent fields that meets the demands of the degree. [-]

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MA program in Euarsian and Caucasus Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Georgia Tbilisi

Eurasian and Caucasus studies former “ Transformation in South Caucasus”is the International Interdisciplinary English-language Master’s Program. This English-language program provides students with analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and practical understanding of the settings in which fast-evolving processes in our region take place. Designed for students who are interested in economic, social and political transformation in the South Caucasus and Post Soviet space. This program has a... [+]

Eurasian and Caucasus studies former “ Transformation in South Caucasus”is the International Interdisciplinary English-language Master’s Program. This English-language program provides students with analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and practical understanding of the settings in which fast-evolving processes in our region take place. Designed for students who are interested in economic, social and political transformation in the South Caucasus and Post Soviet space. This program has a strong international focus. The program is created in close cooperation with prominent West European and US Universities, amog them are: Univerity of Oxford, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, Central European University and etc. Students have unique chance to get Master’s degree in Social Sciences adequate to Western standards of education. Graduates of the program will obtain academic degree: Master of Social Sciences, in the main field of study: Eurasian and Caucasus Studies. Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University will issues Diploma to graduates of the program. Diploma Supplement corresponds to the requirements of the Bologna Process for European Universities. Foreign students are also eligible to be enrolled or participate in the program. The aim of the program is to advance research and scholarship in economic, social and political transformation of the South Caucasus and post Soviet Euriasian region. To achieve this objective the programme takes an integrated approach to transformation studies. By integrated approach we mean: 1) looking at the transformation process through the lenses of different disciplines such as political science, international relations, economics, sociology, law and history; 2) combining theoretical, skills-oriented, and research courses in the curriculum. Students are instructed and supervised by TSU professors, local and international lecturers, Academic Fellowship Program fellows, professionals with work experience at international and local organizations. Guest lectures and workshops for students are regularly delivered by visiting professors from leading universities of Europe and North America. The language of instruction is English. Program Structure and content The degree requires 120 ECTS credits and will take two calendar years (four semesters). From 120 credits ECTS 40 credits are mandatory courses and 50 credits are elective including 10 free credits. ( Students must choose these 50 credits from offered courses of the program, however if students are interested in specific subjects which are not given in elective courses of Eurasian and Caucasus studies curriculum, 10 free credits give an opportunity to students make a choice from other master program curriculum.) Remaining 30 credits are intended for master thesis defense. During the study process especially in third and fourth semester to take internship in governmental or nongovernmental sector is desirable. In Eurasian and Caucasus studies master’s porgram Classes are small (no more than 20 students) and include lectures and seminars given by Georgian and international faculty who have considerable academic and practical experience working in Universities, NGOs, think tanks and Government. Teaching will be collaborative, student-centered and skill-based. Mandatory courses are delivered in I, II and III semesters and include: Quantitative Research Methods-introduction to Applied Statistics, Qualitative Research Methods, Transformation in the South Caucasus, Post-Soviet Politics and Public Policy Analysis, IR Theories, International Economics, development Economics. In the I, II and III semesters students have elective courses in Regional Conflict and Security in the South Caucasus, International Security, Post-Soviet Politics , History of European Integration, Foreign Policy Analysis, Culture and Identity in Changeable Society, International Organizations in the South Caucasus and EU Politics, Political History of the USSR, Nationalism Studies: Theories and Practice, Comparative Politics: From Authoritarianizm to Democracy with Adjectives, European Neighborhood Policy, Foreign Policy of Russia, Political Problems of the Middle East, Remembering the Soviet Past in Georgia/ South Caucasus etc. In the third semester students are encouraged to take internship and start working on research proposal. The whole fourth semester is dedicated to MA thesis preparation and defense. About 10% of courses are cross-listed with TSU Master’s program Diplomacy and International Relations. Learning methods Verbal/writing method working with book and electronic resources Demonstration method ( video-audio, photo, PPP resources demonstration) Discussion/debate Work in group Case study Career Opportunities Graduates completing their degree with the Eurasian and Caucasus Studies Master’s Program will be able to: Carry out research in transition studies and on topics related to social, economic and political issues in the South Caucasus and Post Soviet Eurasian region Develop policy recommendations related to the challenges of on-going transformation in South Caucasus and Post Soviet Eurasian countries. Work as policy-practitioners at public or private sectors , in ministries, in intergovernmental organizations or in NGOs etc. Hold research and teaching positions at universities, think-tanks, and research centers Prepare for study abroad for Master’s degree or PhD. Admission Requirements Candidates who have BA degree or equal 5 year studies graduation diploma are eligible to submit their applications. However, it is desirable that the candidates have successfully completed undergraduate degrees in one of the following fields: International Relations; Political Science; Sociology; Journalism; International Law; Political Geography; International Economics; Law; Foreign Languages. Current students expecting to graduate in summer 2013 are eligible to apply. No prior working experience is required; English language proficiency level B2 – demonstrated either by taking the corresponding examination at TSU Language Center or submitting standardized English Language test scores (TOEFL IBT 87 or equivalent on IELTS, Cambridge, etc.); Complete application package: TSU application form; certified copies and translations (if applicable) of Bachelor’s degree certificate/Diploma, transcripts, language test scores if any, copy of ID card/ passport, documents certifying status regarding the military service (for Georgian male applicants only); Written examination Interview with the admissions committee; National Graduate Exams (for Georgian applicants only. Non-resident applicants should submit the documentations to the Ministry of Education and Science accordingly to decree # 725 to be admitted on the program without passing National Graduate Exams). Examination Format Written Examination (applicants write two short essays in response to essay questions) – 40% of overall score ( minimum 51 score) English test (B2 level) – 20 % of overall score ( minimum 51 score) Interview – 40% of overall score ( minimum 51 score) interview is compulsory. National exam for Master’s programs – pass/fail [-]

MA program in European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Georgia Tbilisi

The Institute for European Studies administers two years English taught, interdisciplinary MA program in European studies (MAES). It also offers life long learning opportunities in European Studies. The aim of the two-year programme is to provide students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of EU issues (law, politics, economy, history and culture), incorporating also Eastern European issues (present and expected links with EU). The students will become experts who have a thorough knowledge and... [+]

The Institute for European Studies administers two years English taught, interdisciplinary MA program in European studies (MAES). It also offers life long learning opportunities in European Studies. Aims The aim of the two-year programme is to provide students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of EU issues (law, politics, economy, history and culture), incorporating also Eastern European issues (present and expected links with EU). The students will become experts who have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the structure and operations of the economic, legal and political institutions of the European Union, and are familiar with decision making at a European level, as well as the European integration process. Relevance of the Programme European integration is a positive and major feature of the government’s foreign and economic policies. Europeanization of Georgia is yet at an initial stage but still, there is a strong conviction that Georgia is a European country. The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and ENP Action Plan (ENAP) marked a new approach for Georgia. Whereas the EU is by far Georgia’s first economic partner, knowledge about the EU and its integration process, as well as the understanding of the meaning of the integration process between the EU and Georgia, of PCA, ENP, EaP are still very low in the country. Besides, Eastern Partnership dimension recently upgraded EU-Georgia relationship. This makes the training capacities in European studies in the country not only a crucial need, but also a strategic issue. The development of European Studies, as a new academic field in Georgia, is not only a tool for a better understanding of the European Neighbour and of EU matters. It is also a major contribution to the building of competencies which are crucial for efficient democracy and economy. Diploma Master of Art’s Degree in European Studies is Awarded by the Faculty of Economics and Business of TSU; However the Institute for European Studies maintains High Level of Autonomy. The Master of Art’s degree in European Studies is awarded after successful completion of both the course curriculum and a written Master’s thesis. Fulfilling all the requirements normally takes four semesters. Career Outlook The MA programme in European Studies provides valuable competencies for teaching, conducting independent research, or considering a career in: Public sector and governmental agencies NGOs, international organizations and European institutions Political organizations Business and other private sector Advisory organization Media and information centers Start of the Programme The programme starts annually in October. Information about the Enrollment Student of Master’s program in European Studies may become a person having at least Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in law, economics, social and political sciences or humanities. The exams to be passed for enrolment are: Unified Master Exam - Test Type A (only for Georgian Citizens) Exam in English language on B2 level, exemption is possible only if candidate provides certificate confirming the knowledge of English language on B2 level Exam in Specialisation Interview with jury Tuition Fee per semester is 1 500 GEL. Diploma is issued by TSU Faculty of Law. Undergraduates of foreign Universities are allowed to submit their applications in full compliance with Georgian Legislation. Fall 1st Semester Economics of EU Integration -5 ECTS EU Law -5 ECTS History of Europe -5 ECTS Theory of Law -5 ECTS EU Governance and Policy Making Process -5 ECTS 3rd Semester European Court of Human Rights -5 ECTS Justice, Liberty, Security -5 ECTS Theories of EU Integration -5 ECTS Statistics -5 ECTS Public Policy Analisys -5 ECTS International Investment Law -5 ECTS Spring 2nd Semester Public International Law -5 ECTS Population and EU Development -5 ECTS Theory of Law -5 ECTS Europeanisation of Central and Eastern Europe -5 ECTS European Cultural Mosaic -5 ECTS European Politics -5 ECTS 4th Semester Research Disaign -5 ECTS EU Georgia Cooperation -5 ECTS [-]