The FINANCIAL — Caucasus School of Business (CSB) has presented a student led self-governing body. Student Club announced its initiative with Tbilisi City Hall Youth Department to create the first student union of private universities in Georgia. Negotiations are being held with student clubs of leading private universities in Georgia. Student Club of CSB has recently been established and is the first such union in the ten year history of CSB.
The presentation of the new student club was held at Hotel Ambassadori. It was attended by Camille Marquette, Director of French Business Council Georgia, Tariel Zivzivadze, President of Business Ethics Association, representatives of USAID Georgia and Tbilisi City Hall Youth Department.
“Today is a special day for our university. Starting from the day of its foundation CSB needed to have this kind of self-governing body. The problem was that students were very busy studying and didn’t have time to start their own union. As time passed a new generation came to CSB which managed to take the initiative to a new stage in their and the university’s life. Our students are future leaders and highflyers. I’m proud and happy that students have put more effort into it,” stated Kakha Shengelia, Rector of Caucasus University (CU)
“Without a doubt every university needs to have at least one representative body of student’s interests .Student Club is not only for dealing with challenges that students face, but also to aid the student in finding his/her place in society. As for the initiative of creating a new union of student clubs, I think it will be well established for covering a large number of activities. The voice of students will be heard more easily now,” noted Camille Marquette.
French Business Council and CSB are implementing the Junior Enterprise Project (JEF) to support and stimulate the development of businesses in Georgia.
The Caucasus School of Business was founded in 1998 by a consortium of Georgian universities: Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgian Technical University (GTU) and Tbilisi State Institute of Economic Relations (TSIER) in partnership with Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA). In 2004 CU was founded on the basis of Caucasus School of Business
Boris Lezhava, newly appointed Dean of CSB was also attending the presentation. He expressed his sympathy for the student’s initiatives and promised to be supportive in organizing the club’s future activities.
“I myself was a student at CSB and I know that this kind of organization will play a huge role in students’ lives. I’m glad that students are willing to take action and do their bit in the development of the university. The existence of this club will facilitate coordination of students studying at CU. Administration will have more information about the student’s requests, needs and problems. This process is essential for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of communicating with students. So I think Student Club of CSB will work not only in the best interest of students but also the university,” said Boris Lezhava.
Student Club elects a president for one year. The self-governing body consists of 4 departments, executive board and monitoring council. Student Club includes 67 elected members, which represent groups of all four years of study at CSB. Currently there are around 1,120 students doing Bachelor programmes at Caucasus School of Business.
“Today our Student Club has made its first contacts with governmental, non-governmental and business organizations. We introduced our strategy for developing the self-governing body at the university and highlighted our main objectives,” David Pochkhua , President of CSB Student Club, told The FINANCIAL.
“Our new initiative which entails unifying the student clubs of leading, private universities in Georgia is of great importance. This means that hundreds of students will take part in the cultural and sports activities organized by the union. It’s significant to broaden our communications and activities. Of course we are going to be in partnership with different companies and organizations which will be supporting our projects. So I hope that this club is going to take a leading role in students’ lives,” added David Pochkhua.
Written By Levan Lomtadze