ISET is proud to welcome Mr. Luc Leruth, a professional of considerable academic experience who has worked for many years in financial institutions, to the ISET Policy Institute as one of its Lead Economists. A native of Belgium, Mr. Leruth previously worked as the Director of a number of the IMF's Technical Assistance Centres in Africa and the Pacific region. He has also enjoyed a career in academia, having spent time at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, and the universities of Liege, Brussels, and Essex, with his work being published in a number of scientific journals.

Mr. Leruth first visited Georgia in 2019, and during his time in the country was invited by ISET to give a presentation to the community, which led to his interest in both the institute and the country. As well as bringing his considerable experience in academia and the financial streak, Mr. Leruth has a considerable creative flair, having published a number of novels: he hopes his time in Georgia will inspire him for another.

May 11 saw the second discussion in ISET's ongoing series of international policy online panels which examine the possible socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second panel was dedicated to what the higher education sector will look like when the pandemic is declared to be over.

Hosted and moderated once again by Dr. Tamar Sulukhia, ISET's Director, the distinguished panel was composed of Dr. Mikheil Chkheneli, the Georgian Minister of Education; Dr. Sebastian Molineus, the Regional Director of the South Caucasus for the World Bank; Karl Dittrich, President of European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education; Dr. Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Magna Charta Observatory; and Dr. George Shavrashidze, Rector of Tbilisi State University.

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