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Higher Education Reform Experts

The purpose of the National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts is to provide a pool of expertise in order to promote reforms and enhance progress in Higher Education in Georgia and therefore participate in the development of policies and reforms.

HEREs participate in thematic seminars and study visits, as well as international large-scale conferences organized by the European Commission and the Executive Agency. HEREs are involved in the preparation of surveys or publications commissioned by the European Commission, EACEA and local NEO in relation to the Higher Education sector, its institutions, policies, reforms and modernisation process. HEREs work is being coordinated by the consortium of the EUA and University of Barcelona.

In addition to the international activities HERE team performs counselling and advisory activities at national level. More concretely HEREs provide assistance to the Ministry of Education and Science, educational organizations (including national accreditation agency) and HEIs with regards to the introduction and implementation of reforms. HEREs support national authorities in designing, implementing and monitoring policy reforms by development of guidelines, elaborating recommendations and conducting research/surveys.

Currently Georgian HERE team consists of ten members, representing public and private HEIs from the capital and regions, as well as Ministry of Education and Science and National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement:



Bologna field of expertise

HERE involvement

Lali Bakradze

Education Development Institute

NQF, Mobility, Doctoral studies, Joint degrees

2009 – till now

Tamar Bregvadze

Ilia State University

National Assessment and Examinations Center

Research quality management, QA

2015 - till now

Irine Darchia

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

QA, Doctoral studies, Research policy, Innovation in teaching and learning

2009 – till now

Ketevan Gurchiani


Ilia State University

QA, NQF, Doctoral studies, Institutional leadership, Innovation in teaching and learning

2009 – till now

Irma Grdzelidze

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Quality Assurance, Doctoral studies, Institutional leadership, Innovation in teaching and learning

2015 - till now

Marine Karchava

Free University of Tbilisi, Agrarian University of Georgia

Higher Education Management, QualityAssurance, Recognition, ECTS, Mobility, NQF

2015 - till now

David Kereselidze

New Vision University


2011 – till now

Tamar Sanikidze

EPPM (International Institute for Education Policy Planning and Management)

QA, Education policy

From 2018

Giorgi Sharvashidze

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (rector)

Education policy

2014 - till now

Keti Tsotniashvili

Ilia State Unievrsity (student)


From 2018

Mikheil Basilaia

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (student)

Student mobility, Recognition

2009 - 2011

Tinatin Zurabishvili

Telavi State University; Georgian Institute of Public Affairs

QA, Curriculum development

2009 - 2012

Abdul Kakhidze

Batumi Maritime Academy


2009 - 2017

Giorgi Chantladze

Ilia State University (student)

Student services, QA

2011 – 2014

Meriem Jantez

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (student)

Student mobility, recognition

2015 - 2017

Full list of HEREs activities 2009-2013 is provided here .

Reports and Recommendations, developed by HERE team could be downloaded here: 2009-2013 & 2014.

List of HERE Publications :


Two guidelines have been developed by HEREs in 2009:

Research projects

Surveys have been conducted by teams of local researchers and students and supervised by HEREs since 2010 (full texts available in Georgian with summaries in English):

Translations (2014-2017) Translated texts are provided here.

  • Writing and using learning outcomes: a practical guide - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • Revised Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications (adopted by the Lisbon recognition Convention Committee at its fifth meeting, Sèvres) - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • Subsidiary Text to the Convention: “Recommendation on the Use of Qualifications Frameworks in the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications” - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • Explanatory Memorandum to the Subsidiary Text to the Convention: “Recommendation on the Use of Qualifications Frameworks in the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications”) - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • ECTS Users' Guide - HERE Irine Darchia
  • Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • IQM in Competence-Based Higher Education - HERE Irma Grdzelidze
  • ISCED -F 2013 - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • ISCED -F 2013 Detailed Field Description - HERE Lali Bakradze
  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes - HERE Irma Grdzelidze
  • Council Recommendations on Key Competences - HERE Lali Bakradze


A comprehensive reader has been developed for the regional seminar, organized by NTO Georgia and UNICA in 2010 in Tbilisi, Georgia:

HEREs also participated in development of country fishes (2010 & 2012), as well as National Reports on University Governance (2010) and Human Resource Management in Public Higher Education (2012).