Erasmus policy statement
Application for Erasmus + Charter Process
Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali is currently applying for the Erasmus + Charter in 2016, with the support of the Georgian Ministry of Education.
EU and Non-EU strategy
Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali currently receives students from four programmes and five partner countries and, reflecting our global reach, an additional 70+ countries worldwide. This successful track record of international engagement, coordinated by the University’s International Office, exemplifies our commitment to international partnerships, which in turn builds on our prime location in London, the principal gateway for international trade and inward investment for the UK, and a major centre of global finance.
The University’s international strategy combines different activities, including a mutually supporting mix of partnerships, mobility and recruitment. All of these elements are driven by the University’s strategy, which exemplifies our commitment to global engagement. The University aims to expand its global footprint through new collaborations in a number of disciplines including: hospitality, tourism, business management, engineering, psychology, nursing, health studies and the arts.
We also aim to internationalize and globalize our curriculum to support the development of ‘global graduates’, and we strive to be at the forefront of the emergence of the global citizen connecting to the many international communities in our region and beyond. Key to this is our aim of enhancing placement and employment support provided by the University’s Centre for Employability and Employer Engagement in order to encapsulate international opportunities for all our graduates. A key strategic priority for Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali is internationalization in its broadest remit, which means there is engagement with Human Resources and Heads of Academic Faculties to support staff mobility.
Our international partners are chosen according to a number of criteria, including fit with the University in terms of mission, size and shape, compatibility with the University’s diverse population, congruence with the University’s values. Among these, most important is the quality of the student experience.
Our partners are drawn from right across the globe, reflecting a commitment to engagement with EU programme and partner countries and beyond.
In respect of Europe, the University’s recent activities have been focused on brand awareness, with much student recruitment activity focused on the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and Eastern Europe. Switzerland has also been a focus, though lying outside the EU. The University maintains an active presence in all of these markets, attending recruitment fairs, working with Faculties and other institutions to raise the profile of the University, and develop stakeholder networks.
Many of these stakeholder networks build on the University’s academic links. Most of the University’s academic Faculties have links with European institutions, most notably Apsley Business School, London, which has academic connections right across Europe. In 2016, the University will invest further to develop these networks and to facilitate both student and staff mobility. A particular priority is the University’s links to the accession states, and the Balkan region.
Beyond the EU, we are developing strategic relationships in Malaysia, Nepal and North Africa, China, South East Asia, and the Middle East, supportive of both inbound student recruitment and increasingly ‘incountry’ access to our qualifications and expertise; we aim to sustain and extend partnerships in the Indian subcontinent to extend ‘incountry’ accessibility.
In early 2015, the Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali introduced a new international recruitment strategy, focussing on rapid growth and diversification of markets, including new market entry in the Middle East (UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia), Central Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey), SE Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia), Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria), North America (Canada and USA).
In relation to mobility activities, the University’s objectives are as follows. For students, we welcome mobility across all cycles, though the majority of our outbound students will be first cycle, and so this will be the focus of the majority of our interinstitutional agreements. We welcome equally agreements in relation to studies and traineeships. For staff mobility, we welcome interinstitutional agreements with partners that would provide a complement to the annual and longerterm staff development objectives of our staff. We welcome inbound staff mobility where our students and existing staff would derive maximal benefit in relation to the further improvement of the student experience.