International School of Economics at TSU
University description (as per official university website)
The Mission of the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University is to provide economic education and research at the highest level for the benefit of the public and private sectors in the South Caucasus countries.
The International School of Economics at TSU is committed to building a sustainable economics community that can represent the South Caucasus countries in the international economics profession.
International School of Economics contributes to improving public policy by providing impartial analyses of economic issues confronting society and educating those who must deal with these issues. International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University contributes to economic literacy among the general public through its educational and outreach activities. ISET also carries out applied research and professional training for businesses operating in the region.
ISET's major program areas - teaching, research and outreach - contribute to the fulfillment of its mission.
ISET was created in response to a letter from Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania - just three weeks before his tragic death - to the World Bank President, in which he appealed for help in "creating our own capability to train young economists in modern economics as it is taught all over the world and to conduct economics research here in Georgia."
Initial input from the World Bank and ongoing support from the Government of Georgia and Tbilisi State University in cooperation with an international group of donors including BP, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Open Society Institute Higher Education Support Program, and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), have made Zhvania's dream a reality. The International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) opened its doors to students in 2006 to offer the first world class Master's Program in Economics in the South Caucasus.
International quality Master's Program in Economics. Two year English-language curriculum, MA thesis requirement. Regional mandate (South Caucasus).
52 graduates (8 currently in PhD programs at Chicago University, University of Pennsylvania, Urbana Champaign University, University of Toulouse, Carlos III University in Madrid, CORE at the Catholic University in Louvain)
50 students in class of 2011; 35 students in class of 2010
6 tenure track assistant professors, and senior academic director (all with PhD from prestigious programs in Europe and North America)
More than two dozen senior visiting faculty from Israel, Western Europe and the US
Internship programs with the Chief Economist Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London; IMF and World Bank country offices in Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan, and WB DC headquarters;
Applied Research Center to conduct policy research and analysis for the benefit of the public and private sector in the South Caucasus
Training and Outreach center to provide degree and non-degree professional development opportunities for economists with business and public sector agencies in the Caucasus.
ISET Library hosts the best economics collection in the South Caucasus including books and journal collections of the CRRC, the late Professor Robert Kuenne's collection, WB and IMF repository library and public information center.