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- 2006 March. Ardith Maney traveled to Georgia with a team of faculty members from Iowa State University as a part of an on-going project between ISU and Georgian Technical University.

- A memorandum was formed between Georgian Technical University, Ministry of education and Science Georgia and  "Community Colleges for International Development Inc." From Georgian side memorandum was signed by Minister A. Lomaia and GTU Rector Ramaz Khurodze and From USA side by John Halder.



-2006, May Karen Oates participated  in a one-day symposium in Georgia on the future of education and the relationship between SENCER and State-sponsored reform measures. There were approximately 60 people in attendance. At the symposium, five high school students from Tbilisi and the rural regions presented their projects to the faculty of the three major universities. Georgian colleges and universities involved in SENCER have used the project materials (Models, Backgrounders, and the SENCER Ideals) to help in the country-wide reform of science education in higher education. Civic engagement, which has not previously been a part of their curriculum, appears to be helping this change come about. SENCER has now been incorporated into several important “pockets” of education in Georgia. A number of new courses have been based explicitly on the SENCER Models both at the collaborating universities and at several high schools in the remote regions.

- 2006 May, Following this Spring symposium in Tbilisi, three members of the SENCER Georgian group – Nana Japaridze, Butsiko Chkhartishvili and Ia Zhvania - accompanied Karen Oates (on a six-hour rocky van ride) to Armenia. There they met with Armenian SSI 2005 alumni. They also had a series of productive meetings and were briefed on the successes and challenges in implementing SENCER activities.  Armenian collaborators described plans to create two teaching and learning centers and incorporate newly developed SENCER modules into their “traditional” courses. Our group also met with the Rector and Vice Rector at the State Engineering University of Armenia and Harutyun Karapetyan, the Chairmen of the National Foundation of Science and Advance Technologies.