A presentation of internationally accredited programs was held at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) on October 8. Rector of TSU, George Sharvashidze, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Acting Deputy Chief of U.S. Mission Catherine Schweitzer, invited guests and academics attended the event.
For the first time in the region, TSU’s two programs received accreditation of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). With ABET accreditation, graduates of Tbilisi State University will receive internationally recognized diplomas that will be competitive in any country of the world. The diplomas will be internationally recognized not only for future graduates, but also for those who graduated in recent years. Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Computer Science are both internationally accredited programs.
Rector of TSU, George Sharvashidze stressed the importance of receiving ABET accreditation by TSU’s two programs, saying that “two things have happened in the life of this accreditation board: first, TSU managed to pass this road in three instead of five years, and second, besides future graduates of these programs, those people who graduated the Program in Computer Science in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, as well as the Program in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2018, 2019 and 2020 also received internationally recognized diplomas.” Rector Sharvashidze also focused on one more program – BA Program in Chemistry that received certification from the American Chemical Society.
Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Mikheil Chkhenkeli congratulated TSU students, as well as academics on receiving the ABET accreditation.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate students on receiving the ABET accreditation, because this accreditation means that our academic programs are in compliance with the highest standards and the program graduates will be competitive worldwide,” Mikheil Chkhenkeli said.
Acting Deputy Chief of U.S. Mission Catherine Schweitzer hailed the fact as very important for Georgia’s education system, noting that these programs will help train professional staff.
The University Gold Medals and Certificates of Gratitude were awarded to TSU professors, administrative staff, and representatives of Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia (MCA) for their contribution to receiving the ABET accreditation.
Professor Manana Khachidze, head of the Program in Computer Science at the TSU Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, thanked the University for appreciating the work done. “Receiving the ABET accreditation is very important not only for Tbilisi State University, but for entire Georgia. It is yet another confirmation that any person can receive education in Georgia that will be competitive with the higher education received in any country. These two fields are especially important for the development of the country like Georgia. Therefore, if other programs also receive accreditation, I will believe that I have fulfilled my mission before Georgia.”
“I am glad to have had an opportunity to join this process and contribute to helping TSU gain a worthy foothold on international arena. I think that one thing is when you do good job and the other - when you are appreciated. I believe that everyone should make at least a small contribution to this common affair,” Prof. Giorgi Gvedashvili, who leads the Program in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, said.
TSU student, Pavle Tsotskolauri said that besides theoretical part, the entire program is oriented to practical course. “Presently, the laboratory is undergoing modernization and we will have such equipment that is essential for electrical and electronics engineering,” he noted.
Noteworthy that TSU is the first university in the ABET history that received American accreditation in Electrical and Electronics Engineering as well as Computer Science at the very first attempt. TSU’s BA Program in Chemistry is the first program in Georgia that received certification from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Georgia is the 24th country, where ACS opened its office.