Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility: case Georgia

Nana Sharikadze, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Head of International Relations Department
V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi Georgia

Tbilisi State Conservatoire (TSC) got for the first time the possibility to join the Erasmus family in 2015. One of the main questions refers to our expectations from the Erasmus+ programme: why to join Erasmus? What does this programme mean for a partner country like Georgia?

It is very important to create an environment where we can share our experience, ideas and show the way how we deal with the different issues; therefore international collaboration has been pointed out as a strategic priority for the coming years by TSC. Becoming the member of the big Erasmus family fitted well to the strategy of TSC.

Erasmus programme gives possibility to enhance quality through development of international cooperation. Erasmus also enables students and staff to benefit from short as well as long term exchange possibilities; Erasmus exchange brings people together and that is seen as work of sharing experience and building capacity. Students and staff will be bearers of European values and while going back to the home country they will affect the change of the mindset, understand how to cooperate in a more flexible way in the different cultural environments, how to develop themselves, how to be aware of changes and become more self-confident; it’s also a powerful tool for further professionalisation and career development.
It’s not only about sharing but also learning how to find ways to communicate better with people of various cultural backgrounds. Erasmus does not only emphasise the work on university management, but more the mindset of students and staff. The main outcomes are highly developed creative mindset of students and capacity building of staff.

Erasmus exchange is a big mind-opening tool that makes an impact not only on a certain individual but on the home institution as well. It enriches the creative environment of the institution; for instance TSC has already planned creative projects after Erasmus staff exchange with partner institutions (EMTA - Estonia, Liszt Academy – Hungary etc); exchange of the staff brought lots of ideas towards the development of the study programmes making them relevant for a changing society. Therefore Erasmus mobility strengthens HEIs position on the national level as well as raises competitiveness and attractiveness on a regional level.

Definition of partner selection principles is crucial for reaching the goal. TSC has been cooperating with the majority of the Erasmus partners long before we got the Erasmus grant; we tried to select already existing partners with a cooperation background; the fields of cooperation have been clearly identified according to the TSC needs.

I wish that every Partner Country institution had that experience since the more integrated they get in global processes, the more self-identified and motivated they become.

 


"I WISH THAT EVERY PARTNER COUNTRY INSTITUTION HAD THAT EXPERIENCE SINCE THE MORE INTEGRATED THEY GET IN GLOBAL PROCESSES, THE MORE SELF-IDENTIFIED AND MOTIVATED THEY BECOME."