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Nov
26

Professionals for Georgian Agriculture

  Recently, the ISET Economist Blog wrote about the cooperative “Shamatia.” Their strawberry seedlings started to fade soon after planting. The cooperative consulted with different experts in the country to find the reason, and the solution for the problem, without success. Only after sending sample seedlings abroad was the cause of the problem revealed. In the meantime, however, the cooperative experienced losses of 15,000 GEL. Such cases are not rare in Georgian agriculture. Recent value chain studies conducted by the ISET Policy Institute indica...
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Sep
27

Jobs for Life in Georgian Universities?

Few may have noticed an amendment to the Georgian Law on Higher Education, passed in December 2015, which potentially ushers in a new era for Georgia’s higher education system. As of January 2017, (some) Georgian professors and senior research staff will be appointed for an indefinite term (i.e. given "tenure"). Offered decent compensation and protected from political pressures and job insecurity, they will be able to indulge in academic endeavors, nurturing a new generation of Georgian academics and promoting Georgian science onto the global scene. This...
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Eric Livny
This amendment is actually much worse than I have initially thought. According to Article 35, all professors shall be hired for an... Read More
Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:11 AM
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Sep
20

ISET’s Consumer Confidence Index Shoots through the Roof

In September 2016, ISET’s Consumer Confidence Index added 13 points, the single largest monthly increase in the Index since its launch more than 4 years ago. Having risen from -28.7 to -15.7 points, the CCI rebounded to levels we have last observed about two years ago, in fall 2014 (i.e. at the outset of the GEL devaluation drama). Both the Expectations and Present Situation components of the CCI soared (up by 11.1 and 14.9 points, respectively), breaking historical records for monthly increases. On the one hand, the latest improvement in the CCI extends...
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Sep
12

Do Teachers Respond to Incentives? Results of a Philanthropic Experiment in Sachkhere, Georgia

  What can bring the brightest among Georgian university graduates to the country’s public schools? While money alone may not do the trick, it is difficult to see a solution that does not represent a radical departure from the current remuneration system which places teachers – who hold the keys to Georgia’s future as a nation! – at the very bottom of the social ladder. Not only teachers remain the lowest paid category of Georgian workers but the gap between the annual average wage in education and other sectors of the economy has been widening over...
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Excellent article. Considering how Singapore and Finland have completely changed their education and, thereafter, economic outcom... Read More
Friday, 16 September 2016 4:04 PM
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Jun
05

Obstacles for Dual Vocational Education in Georgia

In Central Europe, vocational education and training (VET) has a tradition that reaches back to medieval times. To become, say, a baker in 14th century Germany, one had to go through an apprenticeship of two years, working and learning in an existing bakery, where one was guided and supervised by a meister (master craftsman). The apprenticeship was standardized and – if successful – ended with the conferment of a certificate and admission to the baker’s guild.  Not only skills were acquired in the apprenticeship (e.g., kneading the dough) but also t...
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Ruediger Heining
Thanks a lot to Tamta and Mariam for this interesting blog. Introducing a dual VET system in Georgia would have many benefits for ... Read More
Sunday, 05 June 2016 11:11 AM
Simon Appleby
The Dual Vocational Education model is not unique to Europe, it is the basic standard in most Commonwealth countries and the Unite... Read More
Monday, 06 June 2016 2:02 PM
Ruediger Heining
Simon, the experiences in the United States to start a dual system in vocational education is quite interesting for Georgia and a ... Read More
Monday, 06 June 2016 3:03 PM
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Apr
24

Lost from the Start

14 years ago, the American educationalists Valerie E. Lee and David Burkham published a highly noticed and controversial study titled “Inequality at the Starting Gate: Social Background Differences in Achievement as Children Begin School” (Economic Policy Institute 2002). The authors work with a sample of 16,000 children who entered US kindergartens in 1998 and 1999 and who had taken the ECLS-K entry test, measuring a children’s basic reading and mathematical skills. The authors showed that the social and economic background of a child was a reliable pre...
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Eric Livny
This article addresses one of the key issues of Georgias society and statehood. It is far more important than anything else being ... Read More
Monday, 25 April 2016 7:07 AM
Simon Appleby
Boarding schools were once common here and in other parts of the Soviet Union. They remain very common in many developing countrie... Read More
Monday, 25 April 2016 9:09 AM
Eric Livny
Boarding schools are indeed a very good solution to the challenge of equality from the start. The Gocha story I shared in my TEDx ... Read More
Monday, 25 April 2016 10:10 AM
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