Project Objectives

P15 - Georgian Institute of Public Affairs - GIPA

GIPA was created in 1994, based on the agreement between the National Academy of Public Administration of the USA and Georgian Government. GIPA currently hosts 4 schools (Government, Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, Law and Politics, Social Sciences), 11 MA degree programs, 4 BA programs, 1 PhD program and short term courses for different groups such as representatives of local and central governments, IDPs, political parties, NGOs and business sector.

GIPA provides Short term courses (30 various directions) delivered regularly or tailor made especially for different target groups.

GIPA works with number of partners and donors including USAID, IREX, US Embassy in Georgia, Open Society Institute, European Commission, GIZ, NDI, Open Society Georgia; Urban Institute; USAID/Mercy Corps, USDA, Sweden Osthammer Municipality, Ministries of Georgia, Eurasia Foundation, United State Department, World Bank.

Among its partners are: George Mason University, Troy University, St. Edwards University, University of Georgia (UGA), Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Witwatersrand, Wroclaw University, University of Alicante, University of Oldenburg, University of Graz, Maastricht University, South Carolina University, Columbia University, Armenian Universities.

The Research Department of the GIPA comprises of the PhD program in Social Sciences, GIPA online journal Politics and Democratization and the Center for Excellence in Teaching. The Research Department supports development and implementation of scientific research activities at GIPA, integration of the professors and faculty, research workers and students in the academic and scientific society in the country and on international level and promotes high quality educational processes within the University.

Role in the Project

As the most recently established unit at the University, GIPA Research Department is currently facing challenges that will be addressed through the HERD project activities; therefore, it will be actively involved in the implementation of the project through introducing the RM software, taking part in trainings workshops and study visits. GIPA will disseminate the information on the project activities, and will conduct its own trainings for the rest of its staff not being able to participate in HERD project about the RM software usage and strategic development. Having School of Media Management as one of its main directions, GIPA will lead the WP on drafting the media communication strategy to provide a wide and full coverage and dissemination to the project outcomes. Its representatives will be fully involved in the management processes of the project by attending all the onsite and online meetings.