The partners from Georgia and the US have collaborated on a plan for the partnership for the next several years. The projects build upon a partnership of many years duration, and include projects that are needed desperately, and that are eminently achievable in the view of the partnership. A detailed exposition of them is given in the Future Plans section of this Web page.
1. Strategic Plan for Infrastructure Development
A strategic plan for the informatics, electrical energy and telecommunication sectors of Georgia. This plan will involve higher education and applied research in the economic development of these three industrial areas, patterned after the model of Georgia Tech Lorraine, the European platform of the Georgia Institute of Technology of Atlanta. By the Georgia Institute of Technology of Atlanta, and Georgian Technical University of Tbilisi. $500,000
2. Distance Learning Network
Expansion of current infrastructure for distance learning at the National Information Learning Centre, with establishment of new facilities at the Caucasus School of Business and a military site, such as the Military Medical School division of Tbilisi State Medical University. In the second phase, sites will be developed at the Military Hospital, Tbilisi State University, Georgian Technical University and sites in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. By the National Information Learning Center of Tbilisi. $1,731,000
3. Educational and Healthcare Initiatives - Civic EducationA comprehensive program to educate the teachers of kindergarten through high school students. The focus will be upon developing teachers who can guide their students as the country makes the transition from the Soviet system to democracy and a free market economy. The goal is to produce teachers knowledgeable about democracy and free markets, who are committed to the values that underlie these forms of social organization, and who will turn out graduates who are accountable, engaged and knowledgeable citizens in a fledgling democracy. Emory University, collaborating with the University of Michigan and Washington University of St. Louis. $3,570,000
4. Business Education
Projects anchored to the very successful Caucasus School of Business established by Georgia State University and three Georgian partners, and funded by USIA.: there will be an expansion of the current MBA and BBA programs; Georgian faculty will receive MBAs from GSU; a Master of Science in Health Administration program will be established; a Transcaucasus Business Research Center will be set up, to provide a rational basis for analyzing and forecasting in the Caucasus; a marketing training program will be established for Georgian and US business people; and a leadership training program for Georgian businesswomen. $2,350,000
5. Nursing School
Faculty and students have already been recruited and a Western type curriculum has been established. Georgia State University and Tbilisi State University. $575,000
6. Allied Health School
This group of professionals--e.g., social workers--is currently unknown in the former Soviet Union. There is a critical need for them. Georgia State University and Tbilisi State University. $575,000
7. Public Health School
The cornerstone of the proposal is the development of the Georgia Institute of Public Health (GIPH). The GIPH would be a free standing organization, linked administratively to the Ministry of Health, but autonomous in function, so that linkages can be made easily with all players in the health and social sectors who comprise the public health community in Georgia. The objective of the GIPH is to build capacity and support health systems development by leveraging the power of modern telecommunications technology to provide world-class quality public health education and training in Georgia. Emory University School of Public Health;e Ministry of Health and Social Care of Georgia. $2,000,000
Applying CAD CAM technology to the production of leg prostheses needed for 10,000 Georgian amputees, many of them victims of land mines. Georgia Institute of Technology and the Ministry of Health and Social Care of Georgia. $705,000
9. Education for the Public and Physicians
Continuing education for primary care and specialty physicians both in Tbilisi and other areas, relying upon modern information technology. Provide information about health to the public. National Information Learning Center and the United Methodist Committee on Relief of Tbilisi. $993,500
10. Postgraduate Law School
The school would be modeled after the Caucasus School of Business. It would be a postgraduate school, accepting individuals who have graduated from the law faculties of schools such as Tbilisi State University and business schools. A Masters of Law would be given after one to three years of study. Areas would include international law and business law. $1,000,000
Centralized administration for these projects, with an office in Atlanta and one in Tbilisi, with the following responsibilities:
a. Provide centralized administration and facilitation for the projects.
b. Establish times lines for each project and monitor adherence and quality.
c. Auditing functions.
d. Perform ongoing outcome analyses of the projects, measuring success indicators.
e. Produce a brief summary report each quarter and a complete report at the end of each
year, with the focus being upon producing a template that can be replicated in other countries.
f. Assist the partners planning new initiatives and improvement of ongoing activities
g. Provide information to the partners on potential sources of support.
Partners for Health in Tbilisi and the Atlanta-Tbilisi Partnership in Atlanta. $1,500,000
Total for all projects: $14,500,000
Strategic Plan for Infrastructure Development $500,000
Distance Learning Network $1,731,000
Civic Education $3,570,000
Business Education $2,350,000
Nursing School $575,000
Allied Health School $575,000
School of Public Health $2,000,000
Prostheses Production $705,000
Continuing Education $993,500
Centralized Administration $1,500,000
Postgraduate Law School $1,000,000
Medical School Curriculum $1,000,000
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