Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies is opened at IBSU
The Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies was opened at the International Black Sea University. US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan attended the opening ceremony.
The rector of the university, Dr. Saffet Bayraktutan mentioned the following at the opening of the center: "The English-language program of American Studies has been operating at IBSU for 20 years, which is headed by Professor Tamar Shioshvili. "It is the result of Mrs. Tamar's efforts, that today we have such an outstanding program at the university and have so many successful graduates and students. By opening the center, we are commemorating the 30th anniversary of US-Georgia diplomatic relations, and I hope that the cooperation with the strategic partner will continue successfully in the future".
US Ambassador Kelly Degnan thanked Tamar Shioshvili for the activities she has been conducting for years to popularize America in Georgia. The ambassador noted that the opening of the Center for American Studies and the discussion of American studies issues here help to deepen the friendship between the people of the two countries.
The Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies houses a library that has been filled with books donated to the American Studies program over the years. In the center, BA, MA and PhD programs students of American studies will work on their research topics and those researches will be reviewed by the Georgian and American professors of the field.
The International Black Sea University's American studies undergraduate program was opened in 2002, after Professor Tamar Shioshvili participated in the American studies curriculum design program forum in 2001, with the funding of the US State Department. The forum intended to get to know and study the specific, traditional and leading programs of American studies in the US universities of George Washington, Michigan, New Mexico, Penn State and Memphis.
In 2004, Tamar Shioshvili became the holder of a Fulbright grant from the US State Department and a researcher at the George Washington University's Department of American Studies. This gave her an opportunity to develop a bachelor's program and create an English-language master's program and in 2007, the only English-language American studies doctoral program was opened in Georgia.
The Defense and Security Committee, serving the official visit to Turkey held a meeting with the Chairs and members of three Committees of the Grand National Assembly
The Defense and Security Committee, serving the official visit to Turkey held a meeting with the Chairs and members of three Committees (the Defense, the Intelligence and Security, and the Internal Affairs) of the Grand National Assembly. Georgian MPs also met with the head of the Turkish Parliamentary Delegation to NATO PA and the Chair of the Turkey-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
As the Head of the Georgian Delegation, Chair of the Committee Irakli Beraia noted, the meetings were productive and successful.
“We overviewed the security milieu in the region, security challenges of Georgia and the threats to our common interests, as well as the security and foreign policy priorities of Georgia, enhancement of the strategic partnership between our countries and the significance of the cooperation in the defense and security spheres. The latter acquires particular importance against the background of the aggravated regional security situation when the Georgia-Turkey cooperation is of critical importance for the successful implementation of the transport and energy projects, as well as the economic development of the region and energy security of Europe.. and what’s most important, for provision of the security of the Black Sea region and Euro-Atlantic area. Georgia has numerous supporters and friends in Turkey and Turkey is intact in its support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, NATO and EU integration of Georgia. I would like to express our gratitude to the Ambassador of Georgia to Turkey, H.E. Giorgi Janjgava for organizing our visit, and our diplomats for their devoted efforts to organize such a productive visit within the shortest terms”, - I. Beraia stated.
The Delegation is composed of the Committee Deputy Chairs – Alexander Tabatadze and Vladimir Chachibaia, and members – Alexander Elisashvili and Hermann Szabo.
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Humanitarian aid: EU increases funding to €1.7 billion for 2023
The European Union has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.7 billion for 2023.
EU humanitarian aid helps those affected by natural disasters and military conflicts, including forcibly displaced or trapped populations as well as host communities. Assistance is mainly provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
A total of €207.8 million from this budget will be directed to Southeast Europe and the European Neighbourhood, addressing mostly the consequences of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, as well as funding projects for ongoing needs in the Caucasus.
Another €141.5 million will be used to answer sudden onset emergencies in 2023, €122 million are reserved for unforeseen humanitarian crises that can arise throughout the year, and €108.2 million will be committed to horizontal activities, innovative projects and policy initiatives.
“Humanitarian needs are rising steeply. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has made a bad situation dramatically worse. Today, the number of people in need of life-saving assistance worldwide is higher than the population of the US,” said Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič. “The European Commission’s funding for 2023 will continue to make sure that humanitarian assistance is available for the most vulnerable, no matter who and where they are.”
Lenarčič also called for a shared responsibility for the entire global community, mentioning that currently only 10 largest donors provide for more than 80% of all humanitarian funding.
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