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Nov
22

Like Teacher, Like Son

Many of us have been lucky to be taught by great teachers, teachers who did not just teach, but inspired and brought out the best in us. Indeed, it is hard to overestimate the impact (positive and negative) of teachers on the children’s minds, their career prospects and aspirations. Understandably, such impact is strongest in weaker social environments where THE teacher is often a beacon of light (and enlightenment), a ‘wailing wall’ of sorts, a leading moral and intellectual authority. Despite that being so, the second half of the 20th century has seen ...
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Guest — Eric Livny
Exactly my point, Simon, thanks for making it even more emphatically. I've had a chance to observe a similar program in Senegal wh... Read More
Friday, 22 November 2013 1:01 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
I could not agree more, G.T.
Friday, 22 November 2013 3:03 PM
Guest — G.T.
Next to that wonderful project, Government of Georgia could also substitute military service for serving as teacher in rural areas... Read More
Friday, 22 November 2013 2:02 PM
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Oct
14

The University of Life

When economists speak about education and human capital, they usually mean formal education. It is provided in schools and universities by formally qualified teachers. These are imparting knowledge that is laid down in curricula, and the result of the learning process is testified by certificates and diplomas conferred to those students who passed exams. Hence economists usually measure the availability of human capital in a society by the average number of years citizens attended schools and universities. Yet is formal education the only source of human...
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Guest — Lasha Nikolaishvili
I agree with Florian Biermann. MOOCs leaves no space for only “bad lecturers.” In “bad lecturers” I mean those who enters in the c... Read More
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 2:02 PM
Guest — Florian Biermann
All of the courses at coursera.org come with final exams and preliminary quizzes. These tests have always the multiple choice form... Read More
Thursday, 17 October 2013 5:05 PM
Guest — Lasha Nikolaishvili
In that sense I agree with you Eric. To extent what Florian already mentioned, MOOCs are like books, but I would say "improved boo... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2013 4:04 PM
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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 — ALEX
They are leaving the country because they realize that in georgia despite talent and hard work still there is low chance to succee... Read More
Saturday, 13 July 2013 7:07 PM
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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 — 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
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
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