European University

HE Institution
Year of foundation: 
1995
Member since: 
29/09/2021
European University

Contact

Institutional postal address: 
Tbilisi, 014t, Guramishvili Avenue 76
Region: 
Europe
Country: 
Georgia
City: 
Tbilisi

Mision / Vision

European University is a higher educational institution based on European values and focused on sustainable development, whose mission is to:

  • promote personal fulfillment and creativity of local and international students and academic staff by developing their critical thinking, innovative and academic skills;
  • offer high quality and student-oriented higher education;
  • provide active participation and contribution in the formation of the knowledge society and knowledge based economy in Georgia;
  • support scientific/research and creative activities;
  • prepare competitive workforce for local and international job markets;
  • provide academic freedom for students and academic staff;
  • care for development of society in terms of social responsibility, ensure lifetime education, promote tolerance, mutual respect and intercultural dialogue.

Goals

The following directions have been determined by the university as a strategic priority for the next seven years according to its mission, declared vision and values:

  • Development of the university’s brand and raising its social responsibility.
  • Development of programs of all three cycles of higher education;
  • Increasing the quality of planning and implementing the learning /teaching process and wider establishment of innovative methods of evaluation;
  • Supporting and strengthening the scientific-research activities
  • Development of the student services and environment;
  • Organizational management of the University and resource development

Main activities

European University is a fast-growing and ambitious Georgian higher education institution, which is well-integrated into the European education space and closely cooperates with the education systems of other regions of the world as well. European University owns 2 well-equipped main buildings and 1 well-furnished dormitory, fully compliant with the European standards. Though relatively new to the Georgian higher education sector, European University already prides itself on having an intercultural learning environment with 1000 international students enrolled in English language programs, fostering the openness and sympathetic awareness of different cultural perspectives. European University is a multi-profile institution, which executes educational programs at Bachelor and Master levels. It has 4 faculties, combining 14 educational programs, 2 of which are taught entirely in English and the remaining 12 in Georgian, though with a considerable English- language component. European University is a multiple winner of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities. International mobility of students and academic/administrative personnel is carried out both within the Erasmus + ICM Program, and in the framework of separate bilateral agreements with Partner Universities.

The constantly expanding geographical reach of European University covers 46 Universities in the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Central and Eastern Asia and Northern America.

Access, equity and quality

European University has "Support Mechanisms for Vulnerable Students of European University Ltd.”, which provides equal opportunities and financial assistance to vulnerable groups of students enrolled in all of the educational programs.

European University allocates special quota for students with vulnerable status to participate in the Erasmus + International Credit Mobility Program. This opportunity is given to the target groups defined in the above-mentioned document.

Curricular innovation in higher education institutions (HEIs)

The University-based Innovative Teaching Training Center promotes the ongoing professional development of our academic and invited staff and encourages innovative teaching methods in the field of higher education through six main modules:

  • Planning a student-centered learning process;
  • Modern methods of assessment in higher education;
  • Modern teaching methods in higher education;
  • Problem-based learning; Principles of Academic Integrity in Higher Education;
  • Highly effective use of remote platforms in teaching.

Opening up higher education to society

European University and the Embassy of France in Georgia organized a joint essay competition on the topic "European Future of Georgia", which was held within the framework of "Europe Days 2021". The competition aimed to popularize European values and raise awareness among students about the European integration process, the importance of Georgia's rapprochement with the European family, and the understanding of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law as European values.

European University regularly conducts free public lectures for students, and not only, aimed at promoting personal and professional development. The lecture cycle takes place online, on a weekly basis and is open to the public.
European University regularly conducts training sessions for partner companies and organizations. The training modules are designed specifically for partner’s employees. Attendance at the sessions is free of charge and open to staff from all partner organizations.

European University is implementing the Jean Monnet module which is open to young people outside of the University. Winter School participants engage with the European University professors in discussing Georgia’s Europeanization and Democratization processes, thematic issues related to the Association Agreement, Georgia’s European foreign and regional policies, current challenges of Europeanization, etc. High-level officials of legislative and executive branches of power of Georgia, diplomats, and experts also participate in the discussions.The purpose of the module is to encourage Georgian students, pupils and young researchers to get acquainted with the European Union and its transformative power in Georgia.

European University has implemented an innovative project "The Constitution of Georgia is 100 years old" dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Constitution. Our team has created the Facebook Page, where videos with various information are posted to popularize the Constitution. This project aims to present the constitution seen through the eyes of people with different backgrounds.

Higher education's role in addressing major global challenges

European University regularly organizes international conferences and webinars with partner institutions. In this way, we create a space for discussion on such global topics as the treatment of COVID-19, Peace Education, and beyond. International webinars are free of charge, open to the public and most importantly, all interested parties have the opportunity to learn about the challenges the world is facing.

European University is the co-organizer of the International Scientific Conference entitled "COVID 19 Problems and Solutions in Economics, Business and Medicine" to be held at Kutaisi University on the 4th anbd Sth of October, 2021. International Conference is one of the best means for academia to help overcome the global challenges, such as the economic and health challenges posed by the novel coronavirus.

Higher education's contribution to sustainability

European University is committed to SDGs #1- no poverty, #4- quality education, #8 - decent work and economic growth, #10- reduced inequalities.

Social responsibility of higher education

Considering the economic hardship caused by the pandemic, the top management of European University decided to take on its share of social responsibility and restore the status of the students suspended due to tuition debt and redistribute the debt for the rest of the study period, allowing them to continue their studies notwithstanding the financial debt.

Within corporate social responsibility, European University has maintained all of its employees during the three-months lock-down caused by the pandemic, and paid them the same amount of salary, including those who were unable to work from a distance due to the specificity of the work they were supposed to be doing.

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government