DescNet is devoted to developing European Studies in the Caucasus Region. This means that it is essential to identify and repeat the successes of current programs. Without feedback from former or current students, researchers, and lecturers from or with experience in the region, identifying these successes or areas for improvement of European Studies in the Caucasus would be impossible!
Levan Makhashvili shares his experiences as a student and lecturer of European Studies in the Caucasus. He has been a guest lecturer at Tbilisi State University since 2011 and at the International Black Sea University since 2016. He obtained a BA in International Relations from Tbilisi State University, his MA in European Studies from Maastricht University, and has taught EU-related courses in English and Georgian.
As an MA student who has studied in different environments and universities, I have always faced situations where topics in class, which are important to discuss, personally affect some students depending on the topic.
I took part in the project ‘Women for Peace’ as the project’s facilitator and interpreter. This program was co-organized and co-implemented by the Georgian Institute of Strategic Studies (GISS) and Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. This was the first time I have worked so closely with a group of individuals to address complications regarding the social inclusion due to controversies based on the past history.