By decree of the Academic Council of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Honorary Doctorates of TSU were awarded to Prof. Dr. László Borhy, Rector of Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) for his special contribution to the development of cooperation between the higher educational institutions of Georgia and Hungary, and to Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, former President of Academia Europaea, for his special contribution to the development of the TSU research infrastructure.
“Honorary Doctorates were awarded to two great friends of Georgia: Prof. Dr. László Borhy for his contribution to the development of Tbilisi State University and Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, who held very important positions at different times and had always promoted the development of higher education and science in Georgia. On his personal initiative, his collection, 5,000 volumes were donated to TSU and today it represents a resource library for students. In addition, Academia Europaea regional hub was opened in Georgia on his initiative,” Rector George Sharvashidze said.
Prof. Dr. László Borhy hailed the cooperation with TSU as excellent, saying that Kartvelology is taught at the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Loránd University. Moreover, a Georgian library was opened there three years ago with the support of the Georgian Ambassador to Hungary. He also noted that 30 students learn the Hungarian language at TSU, adding that the two universities will continue close and regular cooperation.
Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, former President of Academia Europaea and Association COST, former Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC), President of the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, noted that the honorary doctorate means a lot to him, from both scientific and personal points of view. He stressed that the creation of the European network allows Georgian scientists to engage in European scientific research and receive funding from European commissions. Georgia is a wonderful place to study science and the processes taking place in Europe, Prof. Cloetingh added.
Following the awards ceremony, Prof. Sierd Cloetingh gave a public lecture “Perspectives of European Cooperation in Science, Innovation and Policy Advice.”
Prof. Dr. Eva Kondorosi, Research Director of the Institute of Plant Biology, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, representative of Academia Europaea and former Vice President of European Research Council (ERC) also delivered a lecture “Plants for the Benefit of the Environment and Sustainable Future.”