I was asked a while ago by a cousin of one of my students from Oz, if I could come and speak to her University class. Yes Please!!!
We finally got the timing right and I went in to speak this past Friday. The school was Ilia State University and the class was a tourism class.
Initially she had asked me to prepare some visuals. But the night before she said it was fine to just speak.
I had been curious about the facilities of universities in Georgia. They don’t usually have a campus, as one would see in a U.S. university. The building are somewhat grouped together in the same vicinity. There are no dorms or housing facilities for the students. They have to provide their own housing which for most people, is a huge problem do to cost involved. Unless you know a relative who lives in Tbilisi that you can stay with, you probably couldn’t afford to attend school.
I also think that there is a cultural aspect to the housing situation, too. I think the idea of having females living alone in close proximity to boys is too scandalous a proposition for Georgian society.
There was another speaker from India who went before me. He spoke for a LONG time and i thought there wasn’t going to be time for me, but it was a 2 hour class.
I spoke on my take of tourism as an American in Georgia. I think I did pretty well!
The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge. – Thomas H. Huxley