The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Supporting the Eastern Partnership European School in Tbilisi, Georgia
Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNOPS, the Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme aims to promote secondary education opportunities for six EU Eastern Partnership countries.
The scholarship programme was officially launched on 4 September 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia, in partnership with the New School – International School of Georgia.
“Offering high-quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, in their countries, and in our strong and enduring partnership,” said EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
Over the course of four academic years, the Eastern Partnership European School will provide an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) to up to 90 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine through a competitive and merit-based scholarship programme.
UNOPS is helping the New School – International School of Georgia with the management of the call for applications for scholarships, the selection process for students and the arranging of the provision of full board for the students from outside Tbilisi, Georgia.
The first intake includes 30 students aged 16 and 17 years, from all six countries. They will follow a custom IB curriculum, with European-focused teaching in history, politics, economics, languages, arts and culture.
We are honoured to have continuous support from the EU on our path to strengthening democracy and ensuring stability in the country.
“This project enables the students to increase their experience and understanding of living and studying in a multi-cultural environment, which is very important for this region,” said UNOPS Programme Manager Graeme Tyndall.
Georgia is the first country outside the European Union where this type of school has opened. The school will serve as a pilot for other European Neighbourhood countries and beyond.
The scholarship programme is part of a larger 6.98 million Euro project that began in November 2017. New dormitory boarding premises for up to 60 students will also be constructed as part of the wider project.