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International Conference Humboldt-Kolleg

An international conference Humboldt-Kolleg was opened at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The broad-format interdisciplinary research forum was held in Georgia for the third time. TSU students, professors, scientists from various countries, representatives of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia, and guests attended the event.

Deputy Rector of TSU, Nino Okribelashvili spoke about the importance of the event and Georgian-German relations, noting that “it is a very important event, because TSU constantly creates new knowledge and spreads it. Tbilisi State University has a long tradition in the field of German studies, and this tradition continues successfully even today. The importance of Georgian-German relations is confirmed by the fact that during the period of founding our university - from 1918, the First Democratic Republic of Georgia started a dialogue with the German government.”    

The topic of the current Humboldt-Kolleg conference was “Germany - Black Sea Basin Countries - South Caucasus: History and Present of Mutual Perception.” 83 representatives of eight countries (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Armenia) participated in the conference.

“This format enables Georgian scientists to intensify their cooperation with foreign colleagues and become more active in the EU framework program Horizon Europe grant projects, COST projects and to join the Open Science policies,” Nunu Mitskevich, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, said.

“For us, this conference, as well as the issue it addresses, is very important, because we strive to join the European Union. The countries with which the South Caucasian countries have relations within the framework of this conference are the EU member states. It should be noted that Humboldt-Kolleg is being held at Tbilisi State University for the third time. This is a kind of honor and recognition of Georgian science,” the organizer of the conference, the President of Alexander von Humboldt Club of Georgia, Professor Alexander Kartozia noted.

The Humboldt Club of Georgia unites Georgian scientists who were Humboldt Foundation scholars and laureates at different times.

The event was attended by Dr. Steffen Mehlich, the Chairman of the Humboldt Foundation Department; Tanja Hutt, the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy, who spoke about Georgian-German relations and the importance of the conference. She noted that Germany has a long history of cooperation with Tbilisi State University and emphasized that TSU is hosting the conference organized by the Humboldt Foundation, which has long been supporting the issues of sharing scientific experience between Germany and other countries.

Three sections worked at the conference, involving reports on cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, philosophy, and law, as well as mathematics, physics, biology, and medicine. The event will continue until December 2.