Representative for Georgia (Georgia “at” arisc. org)
Diana Lezhava holds a BA degree in Humanities (English Language and Literature) from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and a MA in International Affairs from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. Her research topic was the North Caucasus and Georgia. Diana’s working experience started in the private sector when she started working as an Assistant to the General Manager at the Georgian local business (2007-2010). In March 2010 she started working at a Tbilisi-based research organization, the Center for Social Sciences, as a Students’ Dean and Director’s Assistant. In 2012 she was the coordinator of the Doctoral Training Unit/Office Manager at CSS, while in 2013 she became the Head of the CSS Doctoral Training Unit. Since 2014 Diana collaborates with the CSS as an Administrative Director. In 2012-2014 she was an Administrator of the Institute for Gender Studies, as well as Center for Interdisciplinary Programmes and Research Development at Tbilisi State University. Diana joined ARISC in March 2014. Diana has vast experience in translating educational and scientific literature. Her research interests comprise: higher education policy and management, post-soviet transformations.
I have been visiting Georgia since the mid-1990s and I have been able to witness the ebb and flow of interest in the country. In 1995, English speakers could only find a small library of donated English-language books in a large room on the first floor of Tbilisi State University. I believe it was run by IREX and it was an oasis for visitors and academics who could not speak Russian, which seemed to be the only other language besides Georgian that opened doors in Georgia. Later the Goethe Institute opened its center and the British Council had an array of services. I believe the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus has a special service to offer Americans across the three South Caucasian nations. It understands the area has a similar history and strives not to underline the differences but rather the similarities. By embracing scholars and students across these three interests, they not only provide a valuable service but one that emphasizes unity across geographical space. My hope is that the organization can grow into an oasis for future scholars, that provides a variety of services and continues its cross-Caucasian approach.Hulya Sakarya, ARISC Member
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How to orientate in Tbilisi, Georgia
ARISC Georgia offers some tips and advice about how and where to go arround Tbilisi:
Transportation from Tbilisi airport to the city center:
1. Use train from the airport to Tbilisi Central Station – cost 0.50 Gel (0.25 USD)
2. Take a shuttle (bus #37) – cost 0.50 Gel (0.25 USD)
3. Get a taxi outside the airport, or call: +995 32 2511511 – cost is 25-35 Gel (15-20 USD)
4. Order transfer at the hotel – depends upon the hotel prices
5. Order a transfer online – www.airport-transfer.ge
Getting around Tbilisi:
Tbilisi city center is the main destination for visitors. Vake is the district where all the main universities (Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University, etc.) are located. Mtatsminda is the heart of Tbilisi connecting with downtown (historic city center) Tbilisi. For orientating in Tbilisi It is easy to find using the map downloaded here.
For more information about moving around or outside Tbilisi, please visit: www.info-tbilisi.com/usefulinfos/busroutes/, use taxi service – www.info-tbilisi.com/usefulinfos/taxi/ or download Tbilisi Underground route.
- Hotel Demi – a small 7 room family hotel oriented for a business travelers and tourists. To book a room, call +995 32 222 06 19 / +995 32 225 26 61, or visit the hotel website: www.demi-hotel.com
- Hotel Varazi – has about 45 rooms, all of them are equipped with wireless internet, air-conditioning, and other facilities. To book a room visit the hotel website: www.hotelvarazi.ge
- Betsy’s Hotel – a small hotel overlooking the center of Tbilisi. The hotel can be reached on +995 32 293 14 04, or via website: www.betsyshotel.ge
- Tbilisi Marriott and Courtyard Marriott are both located on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi central street. Courtyard Marriott is about 300 meters away from Tbilisi Marriott. The rooms in both hotels can be ordered online using their web-sites:www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tbsmc-tbilisi-marriott-hotel/ andwww.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tbscy-courtyard-tbilisi/, or via telephone reservation: +995 32 277 91 00
- Hotel Rooms Tbilisi – a newly opened hotel just in the middle of the city. The room can be booked online: http://roomshotels.com/tbilisi/
In addition there are number of small hotels and guesthouses. For the list, please visit: www.info-tbilisi.com/hotels/
There are number of small cafes and restaurants in Vake district. Those willing to taste Georgian traditional cuisine can easily do it at:
50 Chavchavadze Ave
+995 32 236 53 65
77 Kostava St.
+995 32 236 38 80
Mtkvari right coast, Vakhushti Bridge
+995 555 20 77 00
Italian Cafe Pomodorissimo
33 Chavchavadze Ave.
+995 32 260 15 15
+995 32 260 17 17
7 Paliashvili Ave.
+995 322 2 99 97 23
14 Paliashvili St
+995 32 2 47 85 58
Other Useful links:
National Academy of Sciences
Information related to regional culture and museums.
Georgian National Museum
Kutaisi State Historical Museum
National Centre of Manuscripts
Museum of Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre
Rustaveli National Theatre
New to Georgia?
For those new to Georgia, the American Language Center Tbilisi (ALC) hosts: Georgia – Orientation Seminar.
This three hour course is designed to help new arrivals hit the ground running, with a focus on adapting to life in the capital Tbilisi. Participants will be introduced to Georgian history and current affairs, culture, etiquette and language. Detailed information on the practicalities of life in Georgia will also be given, covering everything from public transport and shopping to regional travel and security. The seminar will be followed by a Georgian buffet lunch.
This course will run every Saturday from June 16 subject to a minimum of 3 confirmed participants. The cost per participant is 50 GEL including all materials and lunch. For more information, or to book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://alctbilisi.com/