As part of MCC’s second compact with the Government of Georgia, we are engaging with partners from the public and private sectors to enhance the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in Georgia, as well as increase women’s participation in STEM professions to boost incomes and lead the country to a more stable and prosperous future.
Last week, MCC Vice President Cynthia Huger traveled to Tbilisi to review the programs underway as part of the compact, meet with Georgian officials and program beneficiaries in the country and cement new partnerships that will secure the sustainability of the benefits brought by the programs underway.
VP Huger met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, to thank him for his support of the compact and discuss the work that still remains under the grant. The Government of Georgia has been a strong partner over the past decade, collaboratively working with MCC to deliver over a half billion dollars of MCC-funded projects through two compacts with the country.
MCC’s second compact with the country is focused on education, and the STEM Higher Education Project, through a partnership between the Government of Georgia and San Diego State University (SDSU), has been a key part of those efforts. The partnership brings a U.S. university to Georgia to partner with Georgian public universities in offering U.S. bachelor’s degree programs in the STEM fields and providing capacity enhancement for Georgian public universities so they can reach international standards and acquire international program accreditation.
The program has successfully enrolled three groups of Georgian students into SDSU-Georgia degree programs, with the first graduates from the four-year program expected in the summer of 2019. Partner universities are making progress towards accreditation, with the first degree programs to apply in 2019. VP Huger visited the an electrical engineering lab at Tbilisi State University (TSU), and the construction site of a new five story building at Ilia State University (ISU), both funded by the compact. She later had the chance to have lunch with SDSU-Georgia students and faculty.