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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Nice Surprise!

Today was a Georgian holiday so I had some free time on my hands.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do but then one of my Georgian friends called me up and invited me out for a walk and coffee!  I wasn't expecting to hear from this person today but was happy to accept!  Anyway, we went to an area in T'bilisi I had never been before.  As we were walking, we passed three universities within a short distance of each other.  I remember the first one (T'bilisi State University) but can't remember the other two.  Can someone help me with those?

Speaking of education, I suspect the education system here is better than in the US.  We certainly have more resources in the US but the people I've spoken to in Georgia seem to have a wider spectrum of knowledge than most college-educated Americans.  Or, perhaps I've just been fortunate to meet the intelligentsia so far?  I had thought about working in a university as a way to stay here long term, but I probably couldn't do it.  The students would know much more than I would!!!

Yes, I continue to be obsessed with Georgia.  I may have to see a therapist when I return to the US to overcome this!

Wishing you the best from Georgia!

6 comments:

  1. Better than in the USA...are you sure?
    I've found these names: Georgian Technical University, Caucasus University and Free University of Tbilisi...does it help you?
    Ok, I'm going to bed, it's so late here and so...cold, I'm freezing.
    Bye for now, my dear friend. Waiting for other news from Georgia :)

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  2. Yes, I am sure. Maybe you will change your mind about the US once you live there? Lilia, if you come to Georgia for a visit, you may decide never to leave! Thanks for the information on the universities, but I believe they started with names such as 'David,' etc. Tell everyone there I said hello.

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  3. Russ, It is the university named after David the Builder, the most prominent king in history of Georgia. If you could tell the direction of your route from the Tbilisi State University, I might be able to help you with the names. Tiko

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  4. Hey, Tiko:

    Thank you for your help. I passed TSU on my right and then continued away from the Betsy. Soon, on the left, was a university named something like 'Ila' and then followed by another name. A little farther on the right was the 'David A . . ." university. Yes, I should have known that it was named after the king--very famous as you said. I also should have brought my camera! As a matter of fact, I think I'm going out for another walk right now!

    See you tomorrow, Russ

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  5. I think that the standard of education in most (not all, but most) of the ex-Soviet Union and ex-Soviet bloc countries is very high.

    Despite limited resources, there is a different attitude towards learning, education and culture, in general. And this different mentality is much more important than having the newest computer equipment or DVD players in every classroom. I also think that the system is a bit "harsher," no one worries about the self-esteem of students, for example. That said, life is harsh, especially in a country like Georgia, where day to day life and making a living often isn't easy...

    I would be curious to know more about the education system in Georgia, and how it has changed since the break-up of the USSR. I mean, besides Russian not being the primary language of instruction anymore.

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  6. I will consult my friends on your question. One of my pet peeves in America is that no one should fail and the students' self-esteem take priority over being pushed to achieve your best. Considering human nature, this was bound to lead to a lowering of standards in the system.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments today!

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