US allocates $140m to boost education in Georgia

Georgian Education Minister Tamar Sanikidze signed the memorandum with San Diego State University yesterday., 16 Jul 2014 - 18:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

A new Georgian-American project will see Georgian students gain local diplomas that meet international standards for the next 20 years.

The Georgian Government and US San Diego State University signed a memorandum to implement American Bachelor programs in Georgian Universities as a part of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) second compact for Georgia.

The MCC granted Georgia the project, worth $140 million USD. About $30 million USD was planned to be spent on the Higher Education Project.

"It will prove one of the most successful projects in the history of Georgian-American friendly relations,” Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at the memorandum signing ceremony.

The head of the Georgian Government noted in his speech that young people in Georgia will gain diplomas in accordance with US and international standards in engineering, technological and natural sciences. These areas are of "vital importance for the country”, Garibashvili said.

"The twenty-first Century shows that only educated people equipped with relevant skills can succeed in today's modernised economy. Georgia must provide its citizens with modern knowledge and education so that they may develop as professionals, competitive experts, and meet the requirements of developed economies,” Garibashvili said.

"We are motivated to see our American friends and partners cherish our country and make note of its potential and resources which are destined to ensure Georgia's place among the world's leading countries”.

The Prime Minister said the Government had a strong political will to ensure the success "of this important and responsible stage.”

"Georgia is one of four countries to have been granted a Second Compact. It is with great thankfulness that I emphasize the support the MCI provided to the system of education in Georgia. It is the second compact signed by Georgia and we truly appreciate it as a vivid example of the US Government special support for our country,” Garibahsvili said.