Higher Education Reform Experts

The purpose of the National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts is to provide a pool of expertise in order to promote reforms and enhance progress in Higher Education in Georgia and therefore participat in the development of policies and reforms.

HEREs participate in thematic seminars and study visits, as well as international large-scale conferences organized by the European Commission and the Executive Agency. HEREs are involved in the preparation of surveys or publications commissioned by the European Commission, EACEA and local NEO in relation to the Higher Education sector, its institutions, policies, reforms and modernisation process. HEREs work is being coordinated by the consortium    of the EUA and University of Barcelona.

In addition to the international activities HERE team performs counselling and advisory activities at national level. More concretely HEREs provide assistance to the Ministry of Education and Science, educational organizations (including national accreditation agency) and HEIs with regards to the introduction and implementation of reforms. HEREs support national authorities in designing, implementing and monitoring policy reforms by development of guidelines, elaborating recommendations and conducting research/surveys.

Currently Georgian HERE team consists of ten members, representing public and private HEIs from the capital and regions, as well as Ministry of Education and Science and National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement:


expert group

Ketevan Gurchiani (Chair)

Ketevan Gurchiani (Chair)

QA, NQF, Doctoral studies, Institutional leadership, Innovation in teaching and learning (2009 – till now)

Ilia State University

Lali Bakradze

Lali Bakradze

NQF, Mobility, Doctoral studies, Joint degrees (2009 – till now)

Education Development Institute

Tamar Bregvadze

Tamar Bregvadze

Research quality management, QA (2015 - till now)

Ilia State University, National Assessment and Examinations Center

Irma Grdzelidze

Irma Grdzelidze

Quality Assurance, Doctoral studies, Institutional leadership, Innovation in teaching and learning (2015 - till now)

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Irine Darchia

Irine Darchia

QA, Doctoral studies, Research policy, Innovation in teaching and learning (2009 – till now)

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

David Kereselidze

David Kereselidze

QA, NQF (2011 – till now)

New Vision University

Tamar Sanikidze

Tamar Sanikidze

QA, Education policy (From 2018)

EPPM (International Institute for Education Policy Planning and Management)

Marine Karchava

Marine Karchava

Higher Education Management, QualityAssurance, Recognition, ECTS, Mobility, NQF (2015 - till now)

Free University of Tbilisi, Agrarian University of Georgia

Giorgi Sharvashidze

Giorgi Sharvashidze

Education policy (2014 - till now)

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (rector)

Keti Tsotniashvili

Keti Tsotniashvili

QA (From 2018)

Ilia State Unievrsity (student)