ISET’s track record in sending its graduates into prestigious jobs or PhD programs speaks for itself, and these opportunities are major points of attraction for would-be ISETers. However, the benefits of becoming an ISET graduate are best demonstrated when members of its alumni return and connect with the next generations.

The current cadre of ISET MA and BA students were, therefore, very lucky to meet one of the most distinguished graduates in the institute’s history. Ala Avoyan graduated from ISET in 2012 as the valedictorian of her class, before earning a fully-funded scholarship to New York University to pursue a PhD; she was assisted in her application by recommendations from her former lecturers of the ISET faculty. After graduating with a PhD Degree from NYU in 2018, she secured a position as an associate professor at Indiana University.

On 17th of January, the Government of Georgia approved the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Methodology. This is an incredible step towards evidence-based policy making that will contribute to the country’s economic development and future prosperity. The ISET Policy Institute is very proud that three of our experts – Professor Norberto Pignatti, Levan Pavlenishvili and Maka Chitanava – have been involved in the preparatory process for the methodology, and assisted the Ministry of Justice as local RIA experts. This was part of a joint donor effort which involved the participation of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) program, G4G, GIZ, the EU-funded project Support to the Public Administration Reform in Georgia, and the World Bank. The ISET Policy Institute participated in this process in the scope of its Good Governance Initiative (GGI) program, a project carried out with USAID.

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