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Jul
29

Exporting Education

Recently, the Georgian authorities cracked down on Nigerian students who allegedly did not really study but used their student visas for getting access to the Georgian labor market. Yet their residence permits were withdrawn without proper verification that this suspicion was actually true. We know of a young Nigerian woman who, according to her university instructors, was studying at UG fully seriously. After three years of studies, shortly before acquiring her degree, her visa extension was denied and she had not alternative but to return to Nigeria. T...
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Jul
12

American Dream vs. Georgian Dream

When I first started reading to my daughter I decided to buy a collection of Georgian fairy tales. However, as I started to read, I noticed that there were lots of things I did not agree with and found myself having to rephrase some of the passages as I read. I noticed that the poor are always portrayed as good characters and, no matter how they get rich (stealing from, deceiving or killing a “vicious rich giant”), social justice is assumed to have been met. I have always wondered what Natsarkekia, a lazy “ash digger”, who even after appropriating the gi...
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Guest — Rati
there's an interesting joke: what is the difference between American and Georgian dreams? American dream is "to become a millionai... Read More
Friday, 12 July 2013 7:07 AM
Guest — Eric Livny
Addiction to gambling is another attribute of the Georgian dream
Friday, 12 July 2013 7:07 AM
Guest — Giorgi
I think the "Natsarkekia" syndrome is temporary. From my personal observations people start to realize that only by hard working t... Read More
Friday, 12 July 2013 8:08 AM
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Jun
26

Reforming Vocational Education in Azerbaijan: Back to Future?

Baku today is very different from the Baku of my high school years. I remember riding a tram to school. I also remember my high school sharing a building with a vocational school. Nowadays, you will find neither trams nor well functioning vocational schools in Baku. Although I am not sure about the former, there is increasing evidence, both anecdotal and systematic, that Azerbaijan needs to rejuvenate the latter. In this post I argue that prioritizing Vocational Education and Training (VET) reform may prove to be an important step toward tackling the so-...
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Guest — Eric Livny
In fact, according to available OECD and UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, Georgia is doing much worse than Azerbaijan in terms... Read More
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 1:01 PM
Guest — Vusal Mammadrzayev
Actually, the level of vocational education is not in the desired level in Azerbaijan and does not meet the demands of the labor m... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:10 AM
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May
13

Georgia's Education System Reforms: Corruption is Gone but Where is the Quality?

A country without oil needs smart people! This clearly applies to Georgia. Not endowed with substantial amounts of natural resources, Georgia totally depends on its human resources. Yet how good is the intellectual equipment of the Georgians that is so urgently required for driving the economic development of this country? When it comes to applied knowledge that can directly be utilized for economic activities, the picture is rather disenchanting. According to UNDP data, 81% of Georgian unemployed completed secondary or higher education. Yet as we wrote ...
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Guest — Givi Melkadze
Indeed, the quality of education (particularly, of higher education) is very low in Georgia, and many like myself know it from the... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:11 AM
Guest — Eric Livny
An interesting suggestion, Givi! While I think that there are (still!) enough qualified Georgians to teach some of the technical s... Read More
Sunday, 19 May 2013 6:06 PM
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May
10

What Can Be Achieved Through Better Education?

When speaking about unemployment, arguably the sorest problem in many market economies, “better education” is one of the standard remedies proposed by economists. This recommendation is given to rich and poor countries alike. Yet since I am in Georgia, I am increasingly skeptical about this recipe. To what extent can the education and training of people, or, to use the economic term, the accumulation of human capital, foster economic development? In Georgia, you may have studied law and you really know your trade, but there is an oversupply of lawyers, a...
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Guest — Eric Livny
I think I tend to agree with (some of) the libertarian arguments. Of course, the oversupply of formally trained lawyers, internati... Read More
Friday, 10 May 2013 11:11 AM
Guest — Nikita
I agree that young people’s (and their parents’) educational choices may be informed by extraneous considerations. However, I also... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2014 1:01 AM
Guest — Zahra
Improvements demands creativity (which were not included in Soviet education system) and hardworking (reasons of which is ambiguou... Read More
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:11 PM
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Feb
26

Which is Better: Schooling or Homeschooling?

Not long ago I heard an interesting statement from an appreciated person about schooling. He said that the "one-size-fits-all" or "factory" model of schools was an inefficient use of the children's time. According to his opinion, homeschooling could be more effective and yield better outcomes than standard mass education. There is no doubt that the school system children are exposed to have an impact on their developments, starting at a relatively early age. So the topic is important for every country, but in particular for a country like Georg...
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Lasha thanks for the nice post. Like the idea of home schooling and changing education paradigms. I agree on general formal school... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:10 AM
Guest — Nino
Lasha, thanks for an interesting post. I would still go for schooling rather than for homeschooling. First of all, it is really d... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:10 AM
Guest — Lasha
Thank you Maka and Nino, I will try to answer both of your comments, while they have one common aspect about the social environmen... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:11 AM
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