The Class of 2021: online graduation for EU-funded scholars as Eastern Partnership European School wraps up extraordinary year

Published in Education
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:09

22 JUNE, TBILISI – The Eastern Partnership (EaP) European School programme proudly marks the graduation of its second cohort of students from the six EaP countries in a virtual ceremony hosted by New School – International School of Georgia. The students, their parents and the Faculty were joined by the Mr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mr.Lawrence Meredith, Director Neighbourhood East and Institution Building DG NEAR, and Ms. Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, as well as other dignitaries, to celebrate the spirit of creativity and resilience of the School community to successfully complete the studies in the extraordinary and tough times of the global pandemic.   

My dear students, my most sincere congratulations to all of you! I believe that education received at the European Union Eastern Partnership School will lay a solid foundation to your future endeavors,” – said the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Mikheil CHKHENKELI in his graduation remarks to the graduating class of 2021 as he has described studying in the time of global pandemic a challenging task, “but you did so well! You are smart and clever young people, full of determination, energy and curiosity and I wish you a life full of opportunities to achieve personal and professional success. Quality education is a major investment in life and I believe this investment will pave the way to remarkable accomplishments for you in the future.”

The Class of 2021 of the scholarship programme comprises 34 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. All students, among them 24 girls, successfully graduated with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and will pursue their higher education studies in the universities of Europe, the United States and their home countries. Delightfully, 30 percent of the graduates have received full or partial scholarships from well-known universities globally and will join their peers in Spain, The Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey, United States and Canada. 

The success of today’s graduating class is also a lesson in resilience and determination. You “went digital”, and embraced the chance to learn from the difficulties you had to face. You showed dedication and enthusiasm. The New School has helped you grow personally and become more independent while shaping your own future,” – said Lawrence MEREDITH, Director Neighbourhood East and Institution Building, DG NEAR, in his commencement speech during the graduation ceremony.

Out of 34 graduates from Class 2021, 11 students are from Georgia, including from the capital Tbilisi, Khashuri, Rustavi and Akhaltsikhe. Many of them follow the footsteps of their peers from the first cohort to study Biochemical Engineering, Medicine, Law, Computer Sciences and Economics, mostly in the European as well as US universities. 

Living with students from six different countries helped me notice my cultural lens, and become more understanding. Being part of a diverse community at New School made me realize that efficiency is maximized when people from varied backgrounds work together. Individual and group assignments through the IB curriculum helped me develop a variety of skills, including research, critical thinking and presentation. I believe that experience gained in the last two years will make it easier for me to fit in within the new university group as an aspiring future scientist,” - said a recent graduate Nino Zhuzhunadze from Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, who has been awarded a scholarship at one of the US universities to study Natural Sciences, which she later plans to narrow down to Biochemical Engineering.

Since the launch of the scholarship programme in 2018, overall 105 students from different urban and rural cities of the six Eastern European countries have been awarded with the EU-funded full 2-year scholarship to study on the IB Diploma Programme. By 2021, the European School has a total of 64 students from two cohorts, 44 girls and 20 boys, graduated with the IB Diploma, pursuing the careers in a diversity of areas such as Economics, Biochemical Engineering, Physics, Social Sciences, Arts and Culture, Communications and Media, International Relations and Global Affairs, Medicine, Law, Liberal Arts and Computer Sciences. Another group of 40 students is set to join the programme for the 2021-2023 academic years after completing a very competitive recruitment process through applications, written tests and interviews.  

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, Grete Faremo said: “Your success today is testimony to your hard work, resilience and resourcefulness. UNOPS is proud and honoured to have been a part of this journey, working together with European Union and other partners to offer high quality education opportunities in Europe’s Eastern Neighbourhood. Together, we can build a better future for all.

The Eastern Partnership European School Project, a flagship Project and one of the "Eastern Partnership - 20 Deliverables for 2020", is a wider initiative by the European Union (EU) for the six EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine – to address the needs of youth, focused on secondary education. The Project offers high quality education to successful high school students from six EaP countries through a competitive and merit-based scholarship IB Diploma programme with a focus on European Studies. The Project is expected to increase students’ educational and employment opportunities, fostering cooperation, multi-cultural understanding, tolerance, and fundamental values, and promoting a better understanding of the EU and its engagement in the region.

The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNOPS in partnership with New School – International School of Georgia, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation.

The news prepared in the framework of the EU project "EU NEIGHBOURS east"

Read 306 times

Related items

  • Don’t miss out! Free EU opportunities for young people across the Eastern Partnership

    Whether you are a student or a young professional, involved in your community or even still at school, the European Union offers a wide range of free opportunities to young people in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership, ranging from scholarships to trainings, studying or volunteering abroad, internships, special facilities or grants.

    Whether you are looking to widen your horizons, help your community, develop your skills or start a business, the EU has opportunities for you. But they can be hard to find: so to help you along, we have developed guides to youth opportunities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova or Ukraine.

    Each guide is specific to its country, and highlights both international and local opportunities, as well as local contacts to help you to apply.

    These guides are divided up into sections, with opportunities for:

    • Students
    • Civil society activists, young leaders, and volunteers
    • If you are still at school
    • Internships and training
    • Young professionals

    And if you’re looking for inspiration, a final section highlights the experience of young people like you, who have already benefited from EU opportunities.

    So don’t miss out: start looking now and get ready to sign up!

    Armenia

    Azerbaijan

    Belarus

    Georgia

    Republic of Moldova

    Ukraine

  • GIVI MIKANADZE PARTICIPATED IN THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EUROPEAN SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP

    The member of the Sports and Youth Issues Committee assigned for the youth sphere, Givi Mikanadze participated in the opening ceremony of the European School Summer Camp in Ikalto organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, LEPL Youth Agency and the EU.

    The Summer Camp will host 100 persons of the age of 14-18 from 6 EaP member states (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia).

    The opening ceremony of the 2-week Camp was as well attended by the Deputy Sports Minister, Irakli Giviashvili, Deputy Mayor of Telavi, Pikria Ushitashvili and the representatives of the EU Mission to Georgia and various agencies. G. Mikanadze addressed the youth eligible for the first enrollment and underlined the state policy prioritizing the promotion of the youth.

    He stressed the importance of inter-cultural dialogue, links and further cooperation and welcomed the initiative of the Ministry and the Youth Agency to facilitate the organization of similar camps and pledged political support.

     

  • Under the initiative of Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct

    Under the initiative of Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct and rehabilitate 800 school buildings. Its first phase will be launched in September-October and tenders will be announced for the construction of 80 new school buildings and rehabilitation of 320 existing ones.

    A work group meeting was held and led by the Prime Minister of Georgia at the Government Administration in relation to the referred initiative. Details of the project were discussed by Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and Levan Sukhitashvili, Director of the Agency for Educational and Scientific Infrastructure Development with the Head of Government of Georgia.
    According to the project, rehabilitation of 400 school buildings will be tendered out in 2023-2024, while the construction and rehabilitation of 800 school buildings in total will be carried out by the end of 2026.
    Project ensures equal access to education resources and their advancement. Over 230 000 students will benefit as a result. Thus, all public education institutions will have state-of-the-art infrastructure by the end of 2026.
    It is worth noting that refurbishment to modern standards is envisaged during the rehabilitation of existing school buildings and construction of new ones. Namely, modern lab facilities will be created, sports infrastructure will be upgraded and – what is most important – a healthy lifestyle will be introduced. Every school building will be adapted to the special needs of persons with disabilities.
    As noted by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia at the end of the meeting, focus on education is a strategic priority of the Government of Georgia.
    Cost of the project amounts to 1 BLN GEL.
    Press Service of the Government Administration
  • By the decision of the Prime Minister of Georgia, a Ukrainian-speaking sector was opened in Tbilisi

    By the decision of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, the Ukrainian language sector was opened at the 41st Grushevski Tbilisi Public School. From today, Ukrainian students will have the opportunity to receive general education in their native language in Georgia. The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mikheil Chkhenkeli participated in the opening ceremony, and addressed the audience and  personally congratulated the Ukrainian students and teachers on the establishment of the new sector.

    Mikheil Chkhenkeli: "Today is a truly historic day – owing to the decision of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili, a Ukrainian-language sector was opened here at the 41st Mikheil Grushevski Tbilisi Public School, which means that Ukrainian students will receive general education in their native tongue.

    The opening of the Ukrainian-language sector is a clear example of the great support of our brotherly Ukrainian nation by the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people as a whole. The Ukrainian sector ceased to function at 41st Tbilisi Public School in 2011. Nevertheless, today, I am immensely proud that for the first time in 11 years, thanks to the efforts of our government, Ukrainian students in Georgia will have the opportunity to study in Ukrainian, their mother tongue.

    As a result of tireless work, the predesignated team at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia returned the Ukrainian-languagesector to the 41st Tbilisi Public School in exactly 2 weeks, where the entire teaching process will be conducted in Ukrainian language, from the first to the 11th grade.

    In close cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia, we have selected qualified teachers, whose salaries will be provided entirely by the Government of Georgia.

    We are constantly expressing our support to the Ukrainian people, which is reflected in concrete steps. Please note, that owing to the decision of the Government of Georgia, Ukrainian students are enrolled at Georgian schools in an expedited and simplified manner.

    Dear students and teachers, I believe you will make new friends in this warm and caring environment, and you will make both Ukraine and Georgia proud of you

    Congratulations once again on this historic day and good luck!"

    The opening ceremony was also attended by Andriy Kasyanov, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Georgia, who thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili and the Minister of Education and Science of Georgi, Mikheil Chkhenkeli for their support of the Ukrainian people. In his words, this is a great expression of support, as the Georgian side ensured the opening of the Ukrainian-language sector in the shortest possible time.

    The school will offer educational, medical and psychological services to students enrolled in both the Georgian and Ukrainian sectors. Upon arrival, Ukrainian students had the possibility to inspect a library equipped with juvenile Ukrainian Language and Literary works.

  • EU4Youth cancels grant call to adapt to impact of war in Ukraine

    In response to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the EU4Youth programme has announced that it has decided to terminate its call for proposals “EU4Youth phase III Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship: Fostering Youth Employment and Societal Change through Social Entrepreneurship”, which was published on 26 January 2022 and extended on 3 March.

    “Following the military aggression initiated by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the war in the country and the flood of refugees have comprehensively changed the demographic situation, social environment and labour market in Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries,” the programme said, adding that the need to address the immediate war-related needs and to build capacities for crisis response, including re-qualification, integration to labour markets, and development of entrepreneurship skills, had significantly impacted the context of EU4Youth Phase III. 

    In order to address these challenges, the priorities of the grant, and the requirements for applicants and procedures will be revised accordingly. 

    Depending on the situation, further information about the status of the call for proposals “EU4Youth phase III Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship: Fostering Youth Employment and Societal Change through Social Entrepreneurship” is planned to be announced until the end of April.

    All those interested in the programme and potential grant applicants should subscribe to the EU4Youth newsletter for updates.  

Business News

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi 2015 forum started today. Following the success of the inaugural Routes Silk Road...

Agreement between SES and GEE

Agreement between SES and GEE

A new multi-year agreement was signed between worldwide satellite operator SES and Global Eagle Ente...

Visa free regime to impose for 15 February

Visa free regime to impose for 15 February

The visa regime imposed by Georgia to Iran has been cancelled for 15 February,” -the Deputy Ambassad...

Session of Economic Council was held under the leadership of Prime Minister

Session of Economic Council was held under the leadership of Prime Minister

Plan of acceleration of infrastructural projects, financial support scheme for startups and activiti...

MOST READ

« October 2022 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            

About

The News Agency,
NEWSDAY.GE is
a part of STARVISION
Media Group.
It made its first
appearance on the Internet..More

 

Contact

NEWSDAY Ltd.
Lechkhumi street.43

Georgia,Tbilisi

Phone: (+995 32) 257 91 11
E-mail: avtandil@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Social Media