A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development



University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia (UG) joined the Virtual Institute academic network today, expanding the reach of the Vi to 59 countries.

UG, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is one of the leading universities in the country. Its main goal is to support the personal growth and professional development of its students. Located in the capital city of Tbilisi, the university is structured into six schools, including one dedicated to law and another one to business, economics and management.
The School of Law will be the main counterpart of the Vi at UG. The School offers Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes - taught in Georgian, with some courses in English, and is currently working on establishing an English-language Master’s programme in International Business Law (IBL) targeting international and Georgian students. The programme will include courses such as International Trade Law, WTO Law, International Banking Law, International Investment Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Commercial Arbitration, International Business Transactions, and others. The two-year programme aims to admit 25 students in its first year. Its development is intended to expand UG's offer of English-language programmes in the business area, adding to the undergraduate and graduate programmes in Business Administration already offered by the School of Business, Economics and Management.
In the area of research, UG publishes its own journal, titled "Caucasus Journal of Social Sciences." A large part of the journal is dedicated to articles related to economics and business, and international relations.
The cooperation between the UG and the Vi will be coordinated by Timothy Barrett, Doctor of Laws and Assistant Professor at the School of Law. He teaches courses on WTO law, international business law, and legal English, and coordinates the development of the IBL programme. His recent research revolves around trade facilitation in the WTO, and international banking regulations.
Also involved in the cooperation are colleagues, Ana  Khurtsidze and Irma Gelashvili. Khurtsidze is the Dean of the School of Law Dean and teaches a course on legal principles of offshore investment. She  is currently finalizing her PhD in Law. Her research recently focused on gender and business issues. Gelashvili holds a PhD in Law and is Associate Professor at the School of Law, where she teaches courses on contract law, among others.
UG is seeking to widen its international partnerships and build cooperative relations with respected universities worldwide. Its staff wishes to participate in professional development workshops, and cooperate with Vi member universities in academic exchanges, curriculum development, and any other joint projects, be they in research or other areas of mutual interest. They are also looking for guidance regarding the development of the curriculum for their upcoming International Business Law programme.
For more information, visit UG's profile on the Vi website.