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The Tbilisi Summer School, organised by the Prague Civil Society Centre and the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, will explore Georgia’s efforts in reforming its economy, society and politics. Apply by 15 June 2018.

What: Summer school to explore political, economic and societal reform in Georgia

Dates: 16 – 22 July 2018

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

Language: English, Russian

Who should apply: Students, journalists, policy researchers and civil society activists.

Full information and application pack available at ISET website.


ISET Summer School

Jointly organised by ISET and Prague Civil Society Center, the Summer School is for students, journalists, policy researchers and civil society activists, providing them with a unique opportunity to review Georgia’s successes (and failures) in reforming its economy, society and politics, and discuss development challenges facing other transition nations in the post-Soviet space.

Full information and application pack available at ISET website.


Programme details

The Summer School will bring together a group outstanding reform-minded individuals for a seven-day academic adventure at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. You will be able to listen to interesting speakers, join debates and panel discussions on relevant subjects, visit strategically important public institutions and tour Georgia’s cultural, touristic, and industrial landmarks.

Directed by ISET’s President Eric Livny, the Summer School will engage around 20 speakers: academics, policy researchers and practitioners, prominent Georgian and international reformers, civil society leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The program will be structured to allow for a critical assessment and discussion of Georgian reform experience across its key dimensions:
• Political change: transition from revolution to orderly democratic governance
• Anti-corruption reforms
• Democracy: the spectre of oligarchy, the role of political parties, independent media, judiciary and civil society
• Economic development, DCFTA and trade liberalisation
• The geopolitical context and conflict management

In addition to academic activities, the Summer School’s program includes several visits to strategically important public institutions, government agencies, international organization, NGOs and businesses. Participants will be invited to tours to outstanding cultural, touristic, and industrial landmarks. The working languages of the program will be English and Russian. 

Full information and application pack available at ISET website.


Scholarships

The Prague Civil Society Centre is able to provide scholarships to successful applicants from the 12 countries displayed in yellow on the map below. To be eligible, candidates are expected to have a strong academic or professional interest in advancing open, just and corruption-free societies through their work in think tanks, independent media outlets, civil society organisations, academic or state institutions, as well as experience in promoting the principles of human rights, individual freedoms and democracy in their own countries.

Scholarships cover all programme expenses, including return airfare to Tbilisi, Georgia and accommodation. 

Full information and application pack available at ISET website.


How to apply

All applicants, including those who may be eligible for a scholarship, must apply directly to the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University. Those eligible for scholarships will be notified after they have applied.

We expect a total of about 30 participants to be selected based on merit. Participants are expected to be fluent in English or in Russian. Applicants will be selected by a panel of ISET and PCSC representatives, based on the candidates’ experience of civil engagement, leadership potential, communication skills and professional interest in development/transition issues. Some candidates may be interested by Skype or phone.

The deadline for applications in 15 June 2018. Selected applicants will be notified by 30 June 2018, including those who have been selected for a PCSC scholarship.

Apply on ISET website