Doctoral Education in Georgia

The „Structured Education – Quality Assurance – Freedom to Think” is a cooperative project jointly funded by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. The foundations have committed one million euros for the four-year project that aims to improve the quality and reputation of doctoral studies in Georgia and to open up career prospects for graduates inside and outside of academia.

The Carl Friedrich Lehmann-Haupt International Doctoral Programme was launched at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi in the spring of 2018. This multidisciplinary structured doctoral programme is a cooperation between Ilia State University and the University of Göttingen. Twelve doctoral candidates from nine disciplines have the opportunity to earn degrees from both universities through a double doctorate programme (cotutelle de thèse). These doctoral candidates will conduct their education and research under the supervision and guidance of the professors from both universities.

In a second step, the ISU International Doctoral School is to be established on the basis of this cooperation, to provide Georgian doctoral students a structured, internationally standardised doctoral education in the long term. The IDS will offer doctoral students advice and support. It will also support interdisciplinary approaches and international cooperation. Based on achieving international standards, the IDS will take a leading position in the region.

A Project Managing Board on each side will oversee the progress of the project. The two Göttingen graduate schools GSGG and GFA were involved in the conceptual development of the LEHMANN-HAUPT PROGRAM from the outset and will be represented on the Project Managing Board in Göttingen. This Managing Board will, hence, consist of Prof. Achim Dohrenbusch (Managing Director GFA), Dr. Nele Hoffmann (Managing Director GSGG), the project coordinator in Göttingen. In quarterly meetings, the managing board will discuss progress and give further conceptual input. The ISU Project Managing Board will consist of representatives from the central administration and faculties of ISU, the ISU program coordinator and (on a rotating basis) representatives from the groups of participating researchers and LEHMANN-HAUPT PROGRAM PhD students.