Ineza Gagnidze – THE ROLE OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IN THE UPGRADING OF INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS. In book: THE EU EASTERN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME AND PROSPECTS OF INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF GEORGIA.
The study deals with the European educational programmes, the general structure of their management and activity directions. Based on the consideration of European Commission
instruments, it is substantiated that the Eastern Partnership in the direction of education and science is part of the “Europe 2020” education policy, complying and compatible with it. The basic
educational and scientific unions/associations of Georgia participating in the European educational programmes are studied. The main directions of international cooperation of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, the national scientific grants, short-term individual travel scientific grants, international cooperation of grants for young scientists, and other directions are described. The study analyzes the Erasmus Mundus programme addressed to students (bachelor, master, doctorate), post-doctorate fellows and academic staff. The programme provides geographic distribution according to target groups, participating and host universities. The mobility indicators for the countries participating in the EaP are given since 2004. The study describes the Tempus programme projects in Georgia, including the 2010 Tempus programme projects ongoing in Georgia, the participating universities from Georgia and East partnership countries. The study provides the data on the projects selected by Tempus in 2010 in the East Partnership countries. The student mobility data are analyzed for Georgia and East Partnership countries, the USA and European countries, as well as for the Asian-African countries. The education system of the EaP countries is characterized by means of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) of the Global Competitiveness Report prepared by the World Economic Forum.