United States Ambassador Hosted Study and Exchange Program Graduates
30 September, 2010

United States Ambassador in Georgia John Bass set education as a major work theme and priority of this month. In his meeting with the graduates, he spoke extensively about the role of the United States and its contribution to the development of education sphere in Georgia.
It is already several years that American-Georgian Study and exchange programs are under way. Dozens of projects have been realized by now. They are fully funded by the Bureau

of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department, whose work in Georgia is coordinated by the US Embassy.
Participants of the programs are selected through competitions. Selection criteria include academic excellence, leadership potential, knowledge of English language and professional qualification. These programs are intended for pupils, bachelor and senior students, as well as professors and professionals. Program participants have the opportunity to receive education at leading American universities and schools.


Big-scale exchange programs are administered by non-governmental organizations IREX and American Councils in cooperation and partnership with US Embassy. These organizations are allies of US State Department.
At the reception American Ambassador John Bass delivered a speech to the program graduates. He pointed out that the exchange programs provide wide range of opportunities and facilitate development of education sphere, as well as American-Georgian relations. Mr. Bass also said that the graduates would be able to play important roles in their country’s future after they complete these programs.


“We have invited to the residence of the US Ambassador a small part of 3000 Georgians who received education in the United States via our study programs. Among them are representatives of education and research elites. This is quite a diverse group of people who, however, have one common feature as on top of the knowledge they gained experience from these programs. The United States made its contribution in the improvement of education sphere in Georgia,” noted Mr.Bass.
“Among these programs the most popular is FLEX, the program for future leaders which is intended for the pupils in their last school years. They can study for one year in the United States in order to improve their English language skills and get familiar with American culture, as well as share Georgian culture to American students. There is also UGRAD, the exchange program for Eurasian students, as well as Fulbright program for Georgian and American researchers. These programs enable people to return to their homeland with new ideas and realize them later on,” added Saul Ernandes, US Embassy Attache for culture.
He recalled that one of these programs engaged prosecutors from Georgia, as well as representatives of press services. Besides, groups are formed on the basis of professions and sent to the United States for several weeks to improve their qualification in their respective fields. It should be noted that for these groups, knowledge of English language is not mandatory because they are attended by translators and group leaders, provided under the relevant program. Group leaders will always be around to help the participants choose the best of the programs. This sort of professional course is available for the journalists as well.

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