Georgians Will Study Lithuanian Language
18 October, 2012

On October 16, the Center of Lithuanistics was opened at Georgian Technical University.  The meeting was opened by Jonas Paslauskas, Ambassador of Lithuania to Georgia. According to the ambassador, all the students from the Technical University as well as from other universities and all interested parties will have an  opportunity to attend the lectures free of charge. The lectures will be led by professor Vidas Kavaliauskas.  

The Ambassador began his speech in Georgian, saying that he is glad that Lithuania

has so many friends in Georgia and vice versa and promised that Lithuania, as it has been and as it is now, will always be Georgia’s close friend. “This was a wonderful initiative. We have opened the centers of Lituanistics in many other countries. Lithuanian language is the most conservative language in Europe. So, learning Lithuanian language means getting to know how our ancestors were talking, as it is the least changed language. It will not only give the chance to the students to go and continue studying in Lithuania in the future, but also be beneficial for them, as they will know one more language of the EU member country.” The Ambassador ended his speech in Georgian again, wishing happiness, health and peace to Georgian land and its people. The hall that was full of  the representatives of embassy and the professors of the University as well as the students, met his speech with the applause.

Just as the Lithuanian Ambassador Jonas Paslauskas, other speakers also talked about the importance of opening the center and about the necessity to deepen the Georgian-Lithuanian links. Zurab Gasitashvili, Deputy Rector of the Georgian Technical University in the field of Science said: “A very important period in our mutual relations has started. Studying Lithuanian language means getting closer to the culture of this Baltic country. Students have a chance to become good ambassadors of Georgia to Lithuania in the fields of politics, economy, business and culture. It means getting closer to Europe.”

The initiative of opening the Center of Lithuanistics came from the Georgian Technical University and the funding was effected by the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania.

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