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ERIC Number: EJ805220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Georgia Turns to the West for Ideas
Nemtsova, Anna
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n42 pA22 Jun 2008
Georgia, along with a number of other former Soviet countries, is rapidly reforming its higher-education system. Russian is being replaced by English in classrooms and textbooks. Western-trained professors are flooding campuses with new methods of teaching and liberal-arts courses are replacing vocational training. This change is part of broader pro-Western political movements that have taken place across ex-Soviet countries east of Russia, such as Ukraine's Orange Revolution and the accession of Baltic countries into the European Union. A new government in Georgia, elected in 2004, has introduced sweeping reforms designed to increase openness and reduce corruption in a number of sectors, including higher education. Georgia's political leaders also see the reforms as a way to shake free the last vestiges of dependence on Russia and achieve Georgia's long-term goals of membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. However, not all professors are pleased to see the Westernization; those who do not appreciate the reform accuse a new generation of academics of destroying Russian language and facilities. The reforms have exacted a heavy toll on an older generation of Georgian educators, but Western influence in Georgia continues to grow.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia Republic