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Private Sector Will Fund San Diego State University Georgia Scholarships

San Diego State University (SDSU) Georgia presented its Public-Private Partnership Fund (PPF) at the Tbilisi Marriot last Wednesday.

The primary goal of the PPF is to use public-private partnership to finance the higher educations of gifted and successful Georgian students in the science and technology fields and to fund innovative student research projects and exchange visits to the SDSU main campus in San Diego, California, USA.

Organizations involved in the partnership fund will offer internship and employment opportunities to these talented young people, while SDSU will coordinate training, recruitment, cooperation with American businesses, and other opportunities for its partner organizations.

The names of the students who have received full and partial scholarships from the companies already involved in partnership were announced during the presentation. First Deputy General Director of TBC Bank Paata Ghadzadze and CEO of Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL) Ronny Solberg awarded these students scholarship certificates.

Speakers at the event included SDSU President Steve Webber, SDSU Georgia Dean Ken Walsh, US Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Ketevan Bochorishvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ketevan Natriashvili, Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Georgia Jenner Edelman,  Deputy Resident Country Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Georgia Magda Maghradze, and other representatives from the public and private sectors.

AGL considers it a priority to support students from the Adjara region, and the company plans to continue cooperating with San Diego State University to support these students. Promoting education is a major part of AGL’s corporate social responsibility strategy. The company’s education projects in Adjara include scholarships to local universities, an internship program, teacher training, student contests, after school English and exam preparation programs, and school library and playground renovations.