Mar 11, 2016 at 12:00am ET By Elizabeth Koprowski

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia's prime minister, wants to overhaul the country's higher education system. The current system, he believes, relies too heavily on subject popularity and not on the actual academic and economic needs of the country. For example, Georgia, which has just over 3.5 million people, currently educates five times more bankers than it can employ. The country has a high unemployment rate compared to other countries in Europe. Kvirikashvili wants this to change, and will shift the university system's focus to sectors like farming, food technology, and veterinarian studies that will serve the country's economy.

In order to reform the country's tertiary education system, Kvirikashvili wants to model his plans on German higher education. The prime minister believes the German system is the 'most effective' system in the world and wants Georgian institutions to follow suit. Kvirikashvili's plans also include government funding for necessary professions. The government will consider the economy's demands before those of students when allocating funding and will prioritize subjects that will help Georgia's economy to grow. Georgia is currently one of Eastern Europe's fastest growing economies.

Elizabeth Koprowski is an American writer and travel historian. She has worked in the higher education system with international students both in Europe and in the USA.

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