The American Research Institute in the South Caucasus (ARISC) in conjunction with Ilia State University and Open Society Georgia Foundation, present:

“Education in the South Caucasus: Modernization, Innovation and Future Trends”

This interdisciplinary symposium examined past and current challenges as well as new directions and trends in educational reform in the South Caucasus.

The symposium aimed to identify and advance an understanding of culturally specific challenges facing education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia by creating a forum for the discussion and sharing of ideas among scholars, practitioners and policy-makers. It also sought to encourage an open dialogue of best practices in developing cross-border cooperation. The educational focus was on higher education, and the symposium was in English..

Friday, June 19, 2015
Ilia State University
1 G. Tsereteli St., G Campus, Auditorium G106
Tbilisi, Georgia

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8.00am On-Site Registration
9.00am Opening Remarks by Stephen Jones
Vice President, ARISC
Mount Holyoke College, USAWelcome Note by Giga Zedania
Rector, Ilia State University, GeorgiaWelcome Note by Khatuna Ioseliani
Higher Education Program Manager, Open Society Georgia Foundation, Georgia
Welcoming Remarks. L-R: Stephen Jones, Giga Zedania, Giorgi Sharvashidze, Khatuna Ioseliani
Welcoming Remarks. L-R: Stephen Jones, Giga Zedania, Giorgi Sharvashidze, Khatuna Ioseliani

Session One: Challenges in Education

9.15-9.35 “Challenges of Education in Georgia”
Giorgi Sharvashidze, Ministry of Education, GeorgiaGia
9.35-9.55 “Higher Education in Azerbaijan: Between Heritage and Modern Trends”
Hamlet Isaxanli, Khazar University, AzerbaijanIsakhanli
9.55-10.15 “Reforms in the Higher Education of Armenia in the Context of the Bologna Process”
Angelina Hovhannisyan, Ministry of Education, ArmeniaAngelina
10.15-10.30 Break
10.30-12.00 Discussion: Challenges in Education in the South Caucasus
Moderator: Stephen Jones, Mount Holyoke College, ARISC, USAdiscussion session 1
12.00-1.30 Lunch

Session Two: Promising Directions in Education

1.30-1.50 “Challenges and Prospects of Doctoral Degree Programs in Georgia”
Simon Janashia, Teachers College, Columbia University, USAJanashia
1.50-2.10 “Global Trends in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities for Georgia”
Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University, USARegulska
2.10-2.30 “Modernisation of Education Governance”
Üzeyir Bağırov, Qafqaz University, AzerbaijanBagirov
2.30-2.50 “Educational Developments in Armenia: Time for Landmark Decisions”
Samvel Karabekyan, National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts, ArmeniaSamvel
2.50-3.10 Break
3.10-4.40 Discussion: Promising Directions in Education in the South Caucasus
Moderator: Jane Britt Greenwood, AIA; Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; ARISCdiscussion session 2a
4.40 Closing Remarks


L-R: Bağırov, Isaxanli, Greenwood, Karabekyan, Regulska, Janashia, Jones, Hovhannisyan.
L-R: Bağırov, Isaxanli, Greenwood, Karabekyan, Regulska, Janashia, Jones, Hovhannisyan.

This symposium was free and open to the public, and was supported with a grant from the US Department of Education to the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), and was co-sponsored by Ilia State University, Open Society Georgia Foundation, and by a private donation.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.


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