According to TEMPUS MAHATMA project two students from the MA program in Higher Education Administration (Tinatin Khatiashvili and Teona Gudadze) were chosen to go for a study visit to the Bath Spa University (UK). Their travelling expenses, accommodations, and daily expenses were covered by the project. On October 15-30, accompanied by Prof., Dr. Natela Doghonadze the students went there. In London they were met by a minibus which drove them to Bath – a beautiful resort city in the South-West of the UK.
Students were both given an opportunity and – according to the project – demanded to attend at least 24 hours of studies (lectures, seminars) in their field. The courses they attended were: The Subject of Education (lecture by Prof. Kate Reynolds and seminar by Dr. Darren Garside), Education and International Development (lecture and seminar by Dr. Dan Davies), Values, Philosophy and Education (seminars by Dr. Darren Garside), Leadership in Practice (seminar by Prof. Nick Sorrensen), Issues in Education (lecture by Prof. Jim Hordern, seminar by Dr. Alan Howe), International Education and Globalisation (seminar by Dr. Peter Jones), Language, Education and Ideology (seminar by Dr. Howard Gibson), and The subject of education (seminar by Dr Darren Garside). The students liked very much the interactive lectures and the structure of seminars based on articles analyzed by students.
They were also offered personal consultations concerning the MA thesis. The visitors received a very warm meeting at the Bath Spa University, accommodations were fantastic – they lived in apartments with all imaginable conveniences in the very center of the city, and, at the same time, in 20-minutes’ drive from the university campus. During their stay in Bath 3 students from Armenia (Gorisis State University) who were doing at Middlesex University (London, UK) came for a 2-day visit and attended classes together with other students).
The BSU campus is situated in a picturesque place, it is very green, with a beautiful park; some buildings date back to the 17th century, while others are very modern, all of them perfectly equipped. A library with hundreds thousands of books, on-paper and electronic was at students’ disposal. Though the study schedule was very tough (some days students attended 8 hours of classes), it left enough free time to explore the city of Bath, as well as visit Stonehenge, Oxford, and London.
Prof. Natela Doghonadze took traditional IBSU gifts and scientific journals and gave them to the BSU project coordinator Prof. Paul Hyland and the Dean of the School of Education Prof. Kate Reynolds. The group also received BSU souvenirs. They have established contacts with students and professors for further cooperation. It was a most productive and enjoyable visit.