As a part of the Erasmus + KA107 project carried out by the Rzeszow University of Technology with partner universities from Georgia, Ukraine, and Brazil, Monika Stanisz - an employee of the Department of International Cooperation, visited the partner universities in Tbilisi: Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) and Georgian Technical University (GTU). The partnership was established in 2016 and during these two years, two students and seven employees took part in the academic exchange.
The first university, the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, founded in 1918 is the oldest and largest university in the South Caucasus. TSU cooperates with 70 universities in Europe in 121 different projects concerning the exchange of students and scientific teaching staff. Meetings with the project's coordinator Ms. Mariam Razmadze took place in the administration building, the oldest and the most impressive in terms of architecture. The main points of the discussion were the rules for organizing exchanges within the Erasmus programme, among others: adequacy of the selection of mobility candidates to the requirements of the European Commission, and the need to document the results of the application, the complexity of the recognition process of Georgian students' achievements by the Quality Assurance Office, methods for dissemination of project results, analysis of the "The Erasmus + regulations" document signed before the start of the project, and preparation of the Final Report.
Aiming at extending the existing cooperation, it was agreed that the next project will include the cooperation with the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Biotechnology, Informatics, Physics, Mathematics), and in the case of TSU seeking a European partner for Action 2 projects (KA102) " Collaboration for innovation and exchange of good practices", the participation of our university will be reported.
Talks with representatives of the Georgian Technical University concerned current cooperation within the Erasmus project and perspectives for future cooperation. Prof. Otar Zumburidze (Head of the International Affairs and Standards Office), Nino Zhizhilashvili (Deputy Head of the International Relations and Standards Office) and Dr. Boris Gitolendia took part in these discussions. During the meetings, it was agreed, among others, that in the next joint venture there will be a greater diversification of areas of cooperation, and the exchange of students and employees will concern beneficiaries, among others architecture.
The possibilities of establishing cooperation with the Business and Technology University established two years ago, allowed to identify the potential of the partner. The representatives of the International Office initially proposed the student exchange organized outside the Erasmus programme. Such proposal was conveyed to the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation prof. Grzegorz Ostasz, DSc, PhD for consideration.
Translation Izabela Kostka.