The delegation examines strategies to improve higher education standards
Six Georgian leaders, participating in the Open World Program arrived Chicago to examine ways to improve academic and research standards. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system.
While in Illinois, the delegates will visit the Higher Learning Commission, several private and public universities, a community college and the Chicago Council of Global affairs and discuss with professionals strategies to enhance academic standards, particular in the areas of research, publication and instruction. They will look at innovative programs and leadership initiatives that have helped the higher education institutions in Illinois maintain academic excellence and stay at the forefront of educational innovation and administration.
The visiting delegates are Khishtovani, Giorgi, Vice Chair, Dept of Economics and Bus Admin, Tbilisi State University (TSU), Kldiashvili, Giorgi, Lecturer and also PhD candidate in American Studies, TSU; Ksovreli, Lela, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Caucasus University, Liluashvili, Giorgi, Head, Foreign Affairs office, Ilia Chavchavadze State University (ICSU), and Tsagareli, Levan, Executive Dan, Assistant Professor (ICSU). Bzishvili, Sophie, from Tibilisi accompanies them as a facilitator.
Homestays will allow the Open World delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.
The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to CIP USA to administer this and similar exchanges in 2009.
The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Thanks to Open World, some 14,000 current and future Eurasian leaders have experienced American civil society and have been exposed to new ideas and practices that they can adapt for use in their own work. Open World also promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts. Open World currently operates exchanges for political and civic leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.