The International Education Centre of Georgia (IEC) is planning to finance the overseas studies of 115 Georgian students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The news, announced by the Government of Georgia, noted the IEC would soon begin accepting applications for people who had a Bachelor degree and intended to continue their studies at either Master’s or Doctorate level abroad.
In addition, public servants who wished to continue their studies abroad in terms of professional development or training programs are also eligible to apply for a scholarship.
The application process would be open from 20 March to 15 May.
Interested applicants must register with the IEC online on the official website www.iec.gov.ge. Here, potential scholars can find additional information and details of the scholarship requirements.
The International Education Centre funds the study costs of Georgian citizens at leading international universities. Since IEC’s establishment in 2014, the Centre has already financed the study of 88 Georgian students at world renowned universities in the United States, Europe and Asia in a variety of fields.
IEC announces different competition programmes twice a year.
The first contest for the 2015-2016 academic year was held between 3 November 2014 and 19 December 2014. As a result, the study costs for 10 Georgian students were approved.
Currently the IEC offers a competition for Georgian citizens to study a Master's or Doctoral programme at any international university.
In addition, the Centre provides employees of public organisations with professional development and training programs, both locally and internationally.
Candidates are also selected through a competition, which aimed to ensure the presence of highly qualified staff in Georgia’s public services.
Meanwhile the IEC’s latest plan is to approve a University Consortium Programme, which will allow Georgian students to study at leading universities abroad on favourable terms.
The IEC was established following the initiative of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. He is receiving information about the Centre’s activities on a regular basis.
One aspect of the scholarship noted recipients must return to Georgia and work for at least three years once they have completed their studies. Garibashvili said this was imperative and he believed the country needed qualified professionals who had the knowledge and skills of international standards.