Universities in Georgia

Caucasus School of Business

Tbilisi, Georgia
Caucasus University is a private institution, based in Georgia, South Caucasus region. The school follows the purpose to stimulate, encourage and facilitate up-to-date, global, innovative educational initiatives in teaching and research. Caucasus University is organized into eight schools. The School of Business within the institution has made available BBA, MBA, MsC in Management and PhD programs. More specifically, CSB offers a Bachelor of Business Administration, Dual Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Dual Master... See full description.

Grigol Robakidze University

Tbilisi, Georgia
Grigol Robakidze University was established in 1992 in Germany. It now has centers in the US and in UK. It is an educational institution offering undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programs, awarding bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and professional degrees. There are four schools in the university: School of Law, School of Business and Management, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Medicine. The university boasts of very high standard of education and quality teaching crew and the school recently got affiliated with the Center for International... See full description.

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Historically, Georgia’s higher education system has suffered from ubiquitous corruption, governmental neglect, and the absence of necessary infrastructure and human capital; all of that is changing, but slowly. This small country of 5 million inhabitants on the outskirts of the former Soviet Union recently underwent a historic political shift known as the “Rose Revolution,” a series of peaceful demonstrations that forced the resignation of the former president and laid the foundation for a flourishing of free, accountable, and democratic government. According to its own statements, the first priority of the new government is to put an end to corruption, starting with the colleges and universities.
Prior to the Rose Revolution, getting into college in Georgia was simple. Prospective students simply bought their way in. Under-the-table bribes were rampant, and in many cases spots in popular programs were sold outright to the highest bidder, while the government looked the other way. Under this system, merit and hard work were not taken into consideration – if a student’s family couldn’t pay the bribe, she didn’t get to attend college. In 2003, the new government made a series of reforms intended to end this unjust system of college admissions by creating a nationwide standardized test that would demonstrate the academic skills and knowledge of the applicant. Analogous to the SAT in the United States, this standardized test was designed to remove the possibility of corruption from the process, and it has been extremely successful. Ever since its adoption in 2005, corruption among college admissions professionals has dropped to near zero. A similar examination has been created for students going from college to graduate school. The national master’s exam also influences funding in addition to admissions, as the top 1,000 scorers on the exam each year receive scholarships for their studies.
The old history of corruption in admissions departments did not end with admission to college. In many cases, gaining a degree was itself a matter of paying a bribe or simply buying the diploma. The vast number of institutions of “higher learning” in Georgia (240 colleges and universities in a country of 5 million people) is a testament to this iniquitous yet lucrative trade. Many of these institutions are now recognized as degree mills, false schools in which money, not academic merit, determines a student’s ability to succeed. It has even been possible in some cases to pay a fee and then take the diploma without ever sitting in a classroom. These degree mills did considerable damage to the reputation and credibility of all colleges and universities across Georgia, and shutting them down has taken a major effort on the part of Georgia’s educational authorities.
It will take many years for Georgia to emerge from under the shadow of corruption, stagnation, and Soviet domination, but the leaders of the Rose Revolution have made considerable progress in the few years since they came to power. Gradually, Georgia is becoming an independent nation with an accountable government, and this change is evident in the massive overhaul of higher education. With time and patience, we may someday see a Georgia that thrives despite the damage of the past.

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