US' Fulbright Student Program in Georgia set for expansion

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan signs the agreement with Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia Mikheil Chkhenkeli on Tuesday. Photo via Georgian education ministry., 19 May 2020 - 19:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United States government's Fulbright Student Program in Georgia is set to expand after the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the US Ambassador in Georgia signed a project to benefit local universities' teaching of English on Tuesday.

Under the English Teaching Assistant programme, set to run at regional universities and led by Fulbright scholars from the US, the project will contribute to an "internationalisation" of the educational institutions, minister Chkhenkeli said following the signing.

The Georgian and US governments will annually co-finance the work of six English language teaching assistants per year over the next five years. Until the new deal the ETA programme had been run by the US embassy in direct work with Georgian universities.

Ambassador Kelly Degnan said the expanded project would see the increased number of English teaching assistants both improve the process of language learning at the universities and introduce culture and values from the States to the institutions.

The Fulbright programme will accept applications from bachelor's and master's degree assistants, with each grant running for a period of nine months starting in September 2021. More details are available on the programme's official website.