San Diego State University is approaching this project in partnership with Tbilisi State University (TSU), Ilia State University (ISU), and Georgian Technical University (GTU) – the three premier public universities in Georgia – to provide Bachelor’s degrees in the country of Georgia. Using the facilities of these three universities, San Diego State University Georgia (SDSU-Georgia) focuses on STEM education to train an advanced workforce to meet the growing needs of Georgia. This program meets SDSU standards for curriculum, faculty training, and accreditation. As with all SDSU Bachelor’s degrees, this program also includes general education to provide students with breadth in the liberal arts so necessary for an advanced workforce that will enhance the economy of the country. SDSU has been responsible for admissions, curriculum, quality of instruction, renovation of facilities, updating equipment and implementation of the program. In addition, SDSU-G is responsible for building capacity for the partner universities in STEM fields, and also to help them in acquisition of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation.
The capacity building activities with the partner universities include three main directions:
- Facility Construction, Renovation and purchasing equipment
- Faculty development
- Introducing new practices for the academic and student life
- ABET Accreditation and ACS Certification
Transitioning the SDSU Georgia programs to partner universities.