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Russian Students Embrace Georgia for Higher Education Despite Language Challenges, Says Open Society Study

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Mazhar Abbas
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Russian Students Embrace Georgia for Higher Education Despite Language Challenges, Says Open Society Study

Russia's next generation is looking beyond its borders, particularly towards Georgia, for higher education opportunities. A recent study supported by the Open Society Georgia has shed light on this trend. The research reveals that a significant number of Russian students see their future intertwined with pursuing higher education in Georgia and view mastering the Georgian language as a crucial stepping stone.

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Embracing the Georgian Language

These Russian students see the Georgian language not as a barrier but as a challenge to be overcome. To this end, they are turning to additional educational services to boost their language skills and increase their fluency. It's a testament to the determination and adaptability of these students, ready to bridge cultural and linguistic divides in the pursuit of quality education.

Popularity of Specific Educational Programs

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The study also highlights the popularity of certain educational programs in Georgia. The Naval Academy's programs and technology and engineering courses at universities in Kutaisi and Tbilisi have attracted significant interest. These programs, with their focus on practical, industry-aligned skills, appear to resonate deeply with the career aspirations of these Russian students.

Contrasting Views of Ukrainian Students

In contrast, the study shows a different trend among Ukrainian students in Georgia. The majority of these students, along with their parents, view their stay in the Georgian educational system as a temporary phase. They generally plan to return to Ukraine for further education, indicating a strong connection to their home country's educational system.

These findings provide a fascinating glimpse into the educational aspirations of the younger generation in Russia and Ukraine. They are a testament to the appeal of Georgia's educational system and highlight the increasing globalization of higher education.

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