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Role to be played by each participating group

Steve Mickelson is the project’s main financial and program administrator. He also will take the lead on teaching and learning activities and curriculum development in the area of water resources. Joe Monahan will connect Georgian colleagues in the area of distance education. ISU’s Ardith Maney will take the lead on projects involving community stakeholders and linking to the on-going CCID community college project for which she is the American project activity director. Maney is also the main liaison with USAID and American Embassy officials in Tbilisi. Colleagues at Kirkwood Community College have agreed to contribute content and technical expertise in environmental and water-related subjects that are of interest to the Georgian side and to mentor Georgian community college colleagues on technical and learning-related activities from the community college perspective. Maney, Mickelson, and Monahan have been working with Georgian counterparts through Ghogheliani’s Teaching Center and GTU’s Network Management Center and on joint research projects during the past four years. 

The Georgian team is led by Lali Ghogheliani, head of GTU’s Department of Hydro-engineering and project activity director of the GTU-CCID community college project. Ghogheliani’s project office, which is co-located with GTU’s Teaching Center, is charged by the Ministry of Education & Science with project management on the Georgian side and with facilitating curriculum development and training for teachers on new student-centered pedagogical methods and new subject matter. Experienced GTU teachers and teacher trainers will provide expertise on the subjects which are needed. We will pay stipends for their work from the USAID grant and seek additional funding from New York City-based Engineering Information Foundation. 

The other main participants on the GTU side include Alexander Davitashvili, the program coordinator of the GTU Teaching Center and Zaza Tsurama, the GTU Network Management Center director. Ghogheliani is the main liaison for the USAID project with the Georgian Ministry of Education & Science and will direct the day-to-day work of this NATO project. The USAID start-up grant envisioned having community college students receiving all curriculum materials on CD rather than through printed materials. This NATO grant will allow us to add lectures by experienced teachers at GTU, ISU, Kirkwood, and the other colleges in the CCID consortium and access for students to seminars and labs in the U.S. and elsewhere in Georgia, e.g., on topics such as construction management.

Networking infrastructure project

a.     Existing infrastructure:

Assessment of the existing networking facilities

As one of the results of past NATO networking infrastructure grants to develop Georgia’s internet network, this project starts with internet connections at GTU, Gori, and Zugdidi. There is not yet any fiber optic connection in Zugdidi or remote areas, such as Akhaltsikhe and Akalkalakhi where MES has already placed vocational education centers. This proposal presents a project which uses electronic networking for educational reform in Georgia. Such a project has all the parts necessary for accomplishing similar objectives in other “silk road” countries which have inherited similar educational systems from the former Soviet Union. In 2007 most classes at GTU, the main engineering and technical university in Georgia, are taught face-to-face. Few electronic learning materials are used because teachers do not know – or feel capable of using – low-cost electronic materials and both students and teachers still have little access to the internet, which is priced out of range for higher educational institutions. 

In 2006 MES phased out branch campuses that GTU and other Tbilisi-based universities operated in other regions of Georgia as part of a package of higher education reforms. Now GTU and CCID are assisting the development of community colleges starting in Gori. In anticipation of the opening of classes in October 2007, GTU has bought approximately 20 Pentium 4 computers to start up Gori college’s computer center. Absent the NATO grant, our plan is to put all curriculum materials on CDs and ask the students to read them on one of these un-networked computers or take the CD to an off-campus computer site or pay to get individual materials printed.