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Giorgi Sharvashidze resigns as rector of TSU

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Rector of Tbilisi State University named after Ivane Javakhishvili Giorgi Sharvashidze addressed the Academic Council with a letter of resignation. As Sharvashidze himself writes, he remains a university professor.

“A lot has been done at Tbilisi State University over the past 7 years: we were able to and today TSU has an institutional assessment of the Association of European Universities (AUA); The number of students has increased significantly, as a result of which TSU is still the largest university in the region. We have increased university funding by 50%, although the way universities are funded has not changed; For the first time in Georgia, namely at TSU, regional centers of the European Academy (AE) and EPLO were opened; Georgia became the third country in Europe and the 24th in the world in which the American Society of Chemists is fully represented; Tbilisi State University is in the top 1.5% of universities and many programs have passed international accreditation (ABET, FIBAA); The number of foreign language programs, joint programs and double degree programs is increasing; To the extent possible, the remuneration of academic and administrative staff has been increased; infrastructure projects are being implemented, starting with the restoration of the second building, ending with the rehabilitation of many other scientific and educational infrastructures. I am very proud that we were able to do all this together.

Once again, many thanks to the university faculty, administration, students and all the fans of our university. Together we have managed to take these successful steps, but there is still much to be done and improved.

Today I submitted to the Academic Council a letter of resignation from the post of rector. I made my decision long before the university community knew about it. I informed the Council of my decision after the results of the institutional evaluation of our university by the Association of European Universities and other important news became known.

I deeply believe that our university will continue to adequately move along the European path of development, which it is following today.

Finally, I am delighted to be one of 300,000 graduates and to lead the first university in the region for many years. Who once was a university student will always remain a university student. Although my future activities are related to international relations, I remain a university professor and a big fan of TSU,” Sharvashidze wrote on the social network.