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Georgia Harnesses Swiss Experience in Promoting University Education for Vocational Teachers in Agriculture

Representatives of Ilia State University, Georgian Agrarian University, Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia visited Switzerland on January 22-29, 2017, to learn about educational and qualification programmes for teachers of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

In the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Georgian delegation met representatives of the School for Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) and discussed practical aspects of establishing minor university programmes for the VET teachers, including for curricula, specific modules, qualification standards and E-learning opportunities.

Based on the Swiss experience, Ilia State University and Georgian Agrarian University will continue working on a new model of university education for the VET teachers in agriculture – agricultural VET teachers (A-VET-Teacher) and agricultural extension officers (AEO).

The first minors will be launched in Ilia State University in 2017 and 2018, which will open similar opportunities to the other Georgian universities.

The study tour to Switzerland was organised with support from the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The initiative is part of a wider six-year programme in support of the ongoing reform in Georgia’s vocational education and training system. With the budget over US$ 6 million, the programme is funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus, and implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.