Dublin City University (DCU) has been placed among the best in a 2013 league table of the world’s young universities (less than 50 years old): QS World placed it in the Top 50 under 50 University Rankings (ranked 44). The Times Higher Education has a “100 under 50”category which lists DCU in 84th position globally. There are currently more than 12,000 students at DCU and over 80 programmes, divided almost equally between undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are over 600 research students.

DCU hosts several institutions of direct relevance to this project. First is the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), which brings together analysis of the Northern Ireland peace process with expertise on conflict and in post-conflict rebuilding from Kosovo to Kashmir. It has also been the home of the Centre for International Studies (CIS) – Ireland’s leading research institute of international studies – supporting academic research programmes in conflict and security, gender, governance and democratization. Finally, DCU offers cutting edge graduate programmes, including the MA in International Relations, MA in Development, and the MA in International Security and Conflict Studies. The project proposal’s objectives are in line with DCU’s strategic plan “Transforming Lives and Societies”.

Between 2009 and 2013, DCU’s expenditure on research exceeded €180 million. Income from research projects was generated from both national and international funding agencies as well as Industry bodies. Over the period 2007‐2013 DCU has been involved in over 80 FP7 projects, acting as coordinator in 29 of these and partner in 51 projects. It has demonstrated its capacity to gain research funding, use it effectively, manage research consortia, and report to international funders.


TCD is the oldest and highest internationally ranked university in Ireland. The Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) is a postgraduate teaching and research institute committed to the study and promotion of dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and around the world. It is recognised for its interdisciplinary approach to taught programmes and research, drawing on the fields of politics, sociology, ethics, theology and religion. The ISE is a unique cross-border institute in TCD, with bases and programmes in both Dublin and Belfast. As such it draws on the local experience of conflict to inform much of its work. ISE staff have developed and successfully taught postgraduate curricula in International Peace Studies (in Dublin since 1990) and Reconciliation Studies and Conflict Resolution (in Belfast since 2001). Through innovative approaches such as internships and service learning, the two programmes link students to local and international peacebuilding work.

P3-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK- https://www.uibk.ac.at/

The University of Innsbruck was founded in 1669 and is the biggest and most important research and education institution in western Austria. It hosts almost 27,000 students and more than 4,000 staff and faculty members. The University has 16 faculties, among which are Architecture, Economics and Statistics, Humanities 1 (Philosophy and History), Humanities 2 (Language and Literature), Law, Mathematics and the School of Political Science and Sociology, which provide a broad spectrum of programmes in all fields of study. In order to promote international exchange in research and teaching, the University collaborates with more than 400 universities worldwide. In the field of peace studies, the University has successfully offered the MA Programme since 2001, receiving in 2008 the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies as proof of its excellence and innovative approach. The MA Programme is part of the European Consortium of Graduate Programs in Peace and Development Studies.

P4-UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER – https://www.ulster.ac.uk/

The University of Ulster has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. Ulster makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. Ulster’s core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. It employs over 3,000 staff with an annual turnover of more than £200 million. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed the strength and quality of Ulster’s research. It makes a leading contribution to lifelong learning (via eLearning), widening access to education for all. We have a network of strategic partnerships throughout the world. Ulster’s current Learning and Teaching Strategy demonstrates its commitment to student-centred learning and lifelong learning, and its priorities for ensuring the quality of the student learning experience: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/centrehep/teaching_and_learning_strategy/

Established in 1993, INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) is a joint project of the UN University and the University of Ulster. It aims to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in peace, conflict and reconciliation issues while enhancing the nature of international conflict research. INCORE works in partnership with a variety of institutions and organisations – locally and internationally. Partners include community groups and civil society organisations in Northern Ireland, peace and conflict-oriented NGOs and think-tanks in Northern Ireland and internationally, and academic institutions around the world. It is the location of the University’s MSc programmes in peace and conflict (established 1987) and also runs a successful  summer school and an online module on conflict research in divided societies. The MSc programmes have attracted over 500 students from about 25 countries. More information is available at www.incore.ulster.ac.uk

P5-LTD Caucasus University – http://www.cu.edu.ge/en
Caucasus University Ltd (CU) was established in 2004 on the basis of Caucasus School of Business (CSB), which was founded in partnership with Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, USA in 1998. Caucasus University is one of the most prominent higher educational institutions, not only in Georgia, but also in the South Caucasus Region offering high quality education in its eight schools: Business, Law, Media, Information Technology, Governance, Humanities, Truism, Economics and Healthcare. The mission of Caucasus University is to graduate competitive, highly qualified, morally grounded graduates who are faithful to democratic values and principles of democracy. CU provides a world-class education through a combination of a well-designed curriculum  and an exceptional faculty which has both the academic credentials and practical experience necessary to deliver an outstanding education. The university provides Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

CU was granted International Quality Accreditation by Central and Eastern European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) in 2005 and Institutional Authorization and Accreditation by the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia in 2014. CU is the member of CEEMAN, IAUP, IAU, NIBES, ELFA, BMDA, EFMD etc. as well as many other international and local networks.

CU is an internationally active university with a number of students/staff exchanges, double and joint degree programs together with the leading universities worldwide. CU cooperates with 90 universities around the world based on the partnership agreements and MoUs. The main areas of cooperation with partner universities are:

  • Student exchanges
  • Faculty exchanges
  • Double and joint degree programs
  • International Projects/ Grant Projects

CU is actively involved in projects funded by local and international organisations/institutions.

Ilia State University (ISU) is the leading public research higher education institute in Georgia. Established in 2006, ISU united several Georgian institutions and since then it has been promoting the principles of liberal education. ISU endeavours to provide high-quality education and works toward the development of a sustainable future and liberal society. One of the significant reforms in terms of research management is the design of liberal arts education principles, freedom of choice, freedom of learning, and freedom of research. Research is encouraged at ISU as the core higher education activity, with a strategy of recruiting and retaining the best academics and researchers. Its goals are to provide high-quality education and facilitate rigorous research through innovative initiatives and policies. ISU believes that this approach will contribute to the creation of a global knowledge-based society capable of developing sustainable solutions for the challenges of the 21st century.

The School of Arts and Sciences is one of the largest academic colleges at Ilia State University. It respects the academic freedom of students. During the first two semesters students take general classes, such as Principles of Modern Thought, Academic Writing, Presentation, and Communication and Discussion Skills. They can then choose one or two fields of interest and acquire a deeper knowledge during the next six semesters and gain a Bachelor’s Degree.

The School offers a variety of degree and non-degree professional training programmes. The School’s bachelors degree gives students an opportunity to be competitive on the job market – a third of the students find a job while still studying for the degree. The field of political sciences is one of the most demanding areas at Ilia State University where students strive towards getting the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for their future career.

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) is the first higher education institute in the South Caucasus, founded in 1918. The university ensures compatibility with international standards and quality of higher education qualifications in Georgia, in accordance with the Bologna process.

TSU offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programmes. With its six enlarged academic units and over 20,000 students, TSU represents a competitive foundation for domestic as well as international markets. The academic staff are represented by 873 fulltime and 899 part-time professors. TSU has eight campuses, three scientificresearch and study-scientific institutes, 81 scientific-research laboratories and centres, and 161 study laboratories and rooms, clinical hospitals, diagnostic centres and libraries. TSU promotes an intellectual environment for students and professors to gain new knowledge, improve qualifications, advance social skills and integrate in European scientific societies.

P8-Sokhumi State University – http://sou.edu.ge/?lang_id=ENG
Sokhumi University is the only university in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia. Apart from teaching and scientific activity, it has a function to restore Georgian and Abkhazian cultural relationships, as well as to support peaceful living of Georgians and Abkhazians in Abkhazia.

Sokhumi State University offers a number of academic opportunities, including  bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programmes. Presently there are seven faculties in Sokhumi University: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Political Sciences. Sokhumi University keeps research and teaching up to date with current developments. Emerging media, based on digital technologies, are ingrained in the academic and immersive learning experiences of Sokhumi State University. Students can acquire skills which are important useful in their careers.

P9-Georgia’s Reforms Associates – http://grass.org.ge/en/about-us/

Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS) is a non-partisan, non-governmental policy watchdog
and think tank, which conducts research and public policy analysis, and provides advice and
project management in the fields of public policy and public administration reform. GRASS has
identified Foreign Policy and Security, Occupied Regions and Engagement, National Minorities
and Vulnerable Groups and Justice and Libertyas the areas in which it would like to focus its
activities in 2013.
GRASS was established in October 2012 by a group of former senior civil servants from
Georgian Ministries of Justice, Interior, Economy, Foreign Affairs and Defense, among other
Government agencies and former international civil servants with worldwide experience. In
many cases the founders were the leaders of some of Georgia’s most heralded and successful
reform initiatives. Through GRASS, their rich first-hand expertise in designing, planning and
implementing public policy and governance reforms in Georgia and other transition countries is
now converted into transferrable models, methodologies and lessons learned.
GRASS has identified the areas in which it would like to focus its activities in 2013-2014, which
includes Foreign Policy and Security, Occupied Regions and Engagement, Education, Euro-Atlantic Integration, Vulnerable Groups
(IDPs and National Minorities), Justice and Liberty.
GRASS intends to:

  • Foster Critical Policy Debates for the Policymakers and Public by organizing (a) open debates with the participation of the academia and the policy and law-makers and (b) Chatham House rules based closed debates between the representatives of the political parties.
  • Publish Policy Briefs on the important topics of public policy tracking the state of reforms and offering recommendations to the key policy stakeholders.
  • Continue advising the Government of Georgia on the areas, where GRASS has expertise and experience.
  • Conduct Capacity Building Activities for the Civil Society and Government. GRASS plans to develop a solid training and capacity-building curriculum for wide application.
  • Stay active in Media through TV appearances and Opinion Articles
  • Play active role in the various Civil Society forums, as well as the formats of cooperation with the Government of Georgia and the Parliament of Georgia
  • Implement projects aimed at advancing reforms and research in the fields of expertise


Established in 1998, the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) is an independent, non-profit policy think tank dedicated to helping improve public policy decision-making in Georgia through research and analysis, training of policymakers and policy analysts, and public education about the strategic issues, both domestic and international, facing Georgia and the Caucasus in the 21st century. GFSIS activities are aimed at promoting democracy and fostering political and economic reforms; enhancing regional cooperation; creating a friendly and secure investment environment; and providing local private sector and the international business community opportunities to participate in the economy of the Caucasus region.

Most of GFSIS`s staff members are former high-ranking government officials. They possess a unique mixture of government policy expertise and academic achievement. The GFSIS staff`s significant ties with the country`s political leaders and educational institutions help the Foundation raise the profile of Georgia`s opportunities and problems, promote dialogue between the government and research community, and train the next generation of leaders who will shape the future of the country. GFSIS brings together experts working in multiple disciplines. In order to carry out research projects and training, the Foundation attracts leading Georgian analysts for individual and joint studies on a contract basis.

GFSIS also serves as a forum for foreign scholars who are conducting field research related to political and economic processes in Georgia, as well as in the Caucasus at large. The Foundation offers a stimulating and hospitable environment by offering both field expertise and IT facilities to help scholars achieve their research goals.

P11-Office of State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality
Functions and Responsibilities of the Office of the State Minister
Functions and Responsibilities of the Office within the limits of its competence are:

  1. a) elaborating and suggesting initiative proposals and formats for peacekeeping in the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region, managing the peace-keeping process and participating in it;
  2. b) safe, unconditional and dignified return of forcefully displaced persons from the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region, IDPs and refugees and their descendants; elaborating institutional mechanisms for the protection of their rights and contributing to their implementation; (5.11. 2008; N216)
  3. c) Facilitating and coordinating social-economic activities on the territory of Georgia aimed at reintegration and civil integration;
  4. d) elaborating, coordinating and implementing the civil-integration policy of the government; implementing interagency, local and regional cooperation; facilitation of initiatives on civil integration of national/ethnic minorities and contributing to their implementation; supervising and implementing elaborated programs;
  5. e) Elaborating and presenting to the Government of Georgia issues related to reintegration and civil integration as well as recommendations, policy and strategy related to the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region;
  6. f) Informing the public on activities of the Office of the State Minister;
  7. g) Negotiating and conducting consultations with international organizations, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations in order to achieve goals of the Office;
  8. h) Coordinating relevant activities of the state structures of Georgia contributing to reintegration and civil-integration;
  9. i) Providing for, and participating in, all negotiations related to the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region;
  10. j) Organizing and managing activities of high-level and expert-level interagency commissions on issues related to the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region;
  11. k) Organizing special funds related to reintegration and civil-integration, on the basis of the legally established rule, initiation and coordination of proper programs and supervision of their implementation;
  12. l) advancing consideration of humanitarian, social-economic and confidence-building projects to be implemented in the occupied territories, as defined by the Law of Georgia “On Occupied Territories”, by international organizations and non-governmental organizations operating under their aegis as well as by non-commercial legal entities established on the basis of Georgian legislation, and other local initiative groups, with the aim of contributing to the projects’ implementation and coordination; communicating and closely cooperating with these organizations and initiative groups; (14.04.2009; N75)
  13. m) Gathering and analyzing information to inform Georgia’s state policy and strategy towards the occupied territories as defined by the Law of Georgia “On Occupied Territories” and the population resident there. (24.07.2009; N129)

P12-Tbilisi Teaching University
Tbilisi Teaching University is accredited, authorized higher education institution that was established in 1995 and is located at downtown.
Tbilisi University LLC was granted institutional accreditation based on Order #70/a of LEPL State Accreditation Service of Educational Institutions, dated October 16, 2006 from 2007-2008 academic year for the term of 5 year, while on August 21, 2012, by the virtue of decision #261 of the Authorization Council of Educational Institutions, Tbilisi Teaching University LLC was granted higher educational institution status from 2012-2013 academic year for the term of 5 years.

Tbilisi Teaching University hosts 6 vocational, 9 bachelors, 7 masters, teachers training and Georgian language training educational programs that are elaborated in accordance with the European Credits and Transfer System and are implemented in the accredited regime.

For ensuring the learning process, the teaching university has 20 professors and 47 associated professors and six assistant-professors selected with the open contest. We have 70 guest professors/teachers involved in the learning process.

Teaching university has three computer labs equipped with state of art computer technologies. Students and academic personnel have opportunity to use Internet.

We have renovated and equipped criminalistics laboratory at the university, as well as moot court room, news room and editing laboratory.

In the teaching university, particular emphasis is made on the students’ activities. We host annual student scientific conferences and winning students are granted certificates and valuable gifts. Their works are published in the form of compilation. Exceptional students of the teaching university participate in the competitions and Olympiads of the city and nation-wide scale.

There is a library in the Teaching University and reading room. The library has main and supporting literature in accordance with the academic programs. Book fund of the library is constantly updated with new publications and periodicals; it is involved in international library network.

With the initiative of the student self-government of the Teaching University and support of administration, periodic excursions and different sport competitions are conducted. Student self-government is actively involved in improvement of quality of the learning process.