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Details for Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali

Participant Status

Advanced

Type of Organization

University

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Location

Tbilisi, Georgia

Website

http://www.gorgasali.edu.ge

Sign Up Date to PRME

11 Mar 2016

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

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Letter of ​Commitment (2016)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Starting with Principle 1 and including further ones, we proudly globally promote not only our own Higher Education, but also offer students a sophisticated range of an increasing number of cross-functional and cross-disciplinary Double Degrees in collaboration with other Higher Education Institutions from different countries and continents than ours. That means transporting and exporting Employability Impact. It addresses not only stakeholder dialogue, but stakeholder benefits, too. Students can study these in their country of origin, often 3rd world countries, and that at a price being affordable. Partner institutes profit from extending their reach and scope. Regarding Principle 2, our University achieved in its management and business studies a consequent introduction to business ethics and corporate (social) responsibility by the respective specific module being integrated into many curricula. That starts as early as Undergraduate studies. Beyond this, modules, many assignments, and thesis or dissertation explicitly require that issues of sustainability and corporate moral/ethical behaviour have to be addressed in particular. The whole programme design is oriented to embed sustainability and responsibility, whether social or environmental, thoroughly across the various fields of knowledge and functions taught. In addition, according to Principle 1, students and professional qualification participants are informed in-depth during lectures and seminars that corporate activities should always respect and address both economy and society equally. This consequent and in the various modules repeated emphasis supports Principle 3, which is additionally enforced by using case studies in classes demonstrating good and less good examples in this understanding. An essential step will be the new Master’s programme in Sustainability and Responsible Business Management starting with spring semester 2016.
The University presently offers its education across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Sustainability already starts here. The careful selection and rigorous accreditation of high quality institutes in the various countries develops local staff respectively leading to national improvements in a good number of developing countries and thus permanent (stakeholder) dialogue. Further it contributes to students’ and professionals’ opportunity to study and/or qualify professionally, but to remain in their own social context with their families and often job obligations. While this local approach supports Higher Education developments in many third world countries, students and professionals increase their spectrum and learn globally through western higher education. That equally helps to lead and initiate dialogues among students and lecturers on the various continents for which the University serves as sustainable hub.
Global stakeholder dialogue and involvement of Higher Education partner Institutes and national Governments is respected by consequent additional accreditation of our academic programmes within their own national regulation frameworks delivering its kind of sustainability. Furthermore, our second University campus in the Netherlands, besides Tbilisi, the University’s offices in Malaysia, Tanzania in 2016, and a third campus in Korea for which planning has started, mean global dialogue and according to Principle 5, partnership.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Continuing with Principle 5 and embedding Principles 4 and 6, the University prepares two global Academic Conferences for 2016. Speaking about equality, partnership, and impact, one will be organised and hosted together with our partner, pan-African ESAMI. This conference in Arusha is consequently held there, close to Tanzania’s valuable natural resources and regarding the ambiance inviting to reflect on environmental issues being highly important regarding the often dilemma, which the conference’s topic addresses National Competitiveness and International Trade. The second conference, which our University’s Research Centre on National Competitiveness and International Trade organises, will be organised together with one of our partners in Kathmandu, Nepal. Again, the Himalaya region with its outstanding atmosphere is chosen to inspire and to further the conference’s topic of Sustainable Tourism Management. This topic is especially chosen with regard to the UN’s 2017 year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Both conferences not only invite academics, representatives from government and industry to mutual dialogue, embedded in the conference proceedings, their academic committees also comprise professors from Tanzania, Malaysia, Korea, the UK, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and the UK and offer doctoral students opportunities to present their research for feedback. This dialogue also is extended by the preparation of a conference with Georgia’s tourism industry and its Government. Wishing to extend and develop Georgia’s tourism industry, the University will invite industry and government representatives to a mutual round table dialogue under its moderation, which will offer encouragement to develop tourism sustainable and environmentally friendly. The idea is not only about developing a stakeholder dialogue, but also to initiate activities in a partnership, which lead to innovative frameworks of sustainable tourism through activities and the research on and for these. The University strongly believes that only sustainable management respecting society, environment/nature, and economy will shape a successful future. The University will support initiatives, further research, and encourage dialogue leading to developments of sustainability, whether on academic, professional, or regulatory ground. Within the University’s own Research Centre from this year on, research activities will be increased significantly. Not only by the existing annual academic conferences for both academics and students, but also by respective publications making this research globally available. That will take place online and through the University’s own printing department. Such research will flow back into curricula and lectures supporting Principles 3 and 4 continuously. This work has already started and leads to teaching effectiveness as well. Evidence is the strong collaboration of the University with the Georgian Government, in particular its Law and Hospitality Faculties.

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