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Mobile experiments on Georgian students2011-01-26 22:46
Georgia is a couple of steps ahead of Russia in joining Bologna process. The more interesting it is to watch Georgia meeting the requirements of national education integration into the European system. One of these days, registration of students wishing to temporarily change their higher educational institution was announced across the country. That's the first Georgian experiment on introducing "mobility". The experts fear lest it should add more chaos to the sphere of higher education.
National Education Quality Enhancement Center of Georgia started receiving applications from those students who wish to study a bit at some other university. Introducing such "mobility" among the students is one of the conditions of joining Bologna process and creating a common European educational space.
Students' applications will be received from January 24 to February 6 in the electronic form at the www.eqe.ge website of the Center. The list of institutions ready to teach "mobile" young people is also available there specifying the number of vacant places and the number of the already registered applicants.
Georgian Technical University seems to be most hospitable, offering 999 vacancies. However, other institutions are popular among students: State University named after Ivane Javakhishvili, State University named after Akaky Tsereteli and Sukhum State University located in Tbilisi since the 90s. During the first day of the "draft", 300-400 people expressed their wish to study in these institutions. One may expect this figure to grow several times within two weeks and the institutions will have to hold a severe competition to select students. By February 18, all the accepted "mobile students" are to be enrolled by rectors' orders.
The right to move inside the country is granted to the students starting from the second course if they are registered in a single student register and study in accredited establishments. In a new institution, they will have to choose no more than five comprehensive subjects to be studied within a semester.
Ideally, "mobility" should be realized between all the institutions of the 47 member-countries taking part in Bologna process. In this case it would be enough to listen to half of the disciplines provided by standards to receive a diploma not of a Georgian but of some prestigious European institution, excluding Cambridge, Paris Institute of Political Sciences and some other ancient institutions that refused to join the common European educational system.