Target Country: Republic of Georgia
Project Coordinator: Jana Mazancová
Project Team: Michel Kolaříková, Jiří Hejkrlík, Vladimír Verner, Jiří Votava, Michal Vacenovský, Alexander Kandakov, Michaela Garguláková, David Gegechkori, Tamta Demetradze, Ketevan Kintsurashvili, Izolda Khasaia
Partner(s) of the Project: Centre for Higher Education Studies (CR), Akaki Tsereteli State University (GE), People in Need (GE, PIN ENPARD)
Donor: Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic

Duration of the project: 2016 - 2017



Three-week Summer School officially started on Monday 11 July, 2016 at Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia. The summer school is one of the outcome of the development project “Enhancement of capacities of academic and management staff at Akaki Tsereteli State University (Georgia)” funded by Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic and is focused on Agricultural Cooperatives established within the EU project (ENPARD) led by Czech NGO People in Need and consulted by Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences.

The summer school aims at enhancing cultural exchange, improving research competencies of students, including writing scientific paper and presenting scientific results and strengthening skills in field survey, a specific emphasis will be dedicated to participatory methods.

There are 25 students (21 Georgian and 4 Czech) divided into 4 mixed groups to design the research, conduct data collection in the field and defend their results.

During the first week (from 11th to 15th July) Michal Vacenovský gave presentation on cooperatives aimed at general characteristics and governance and management of cooperatives. Michaela Garguláková then talked about cooperatives established under the ENPARD project. After these introductory presentations, students started discussion on leadership and gender in cooperatives, the two main topics researched during this Summer School.

The second week Jiří Hejkrlík added presentation on research methodology and students conducted field visits to the cooperatives for data collection regarding the above-mentioned topics. On the weekend, the academic programme was put on hold and students and other participants went to visit Batumi, the second largest city of Georgia.