Ghia Nodia

Chairman of the Board of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development

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Mr. Nodia is the Chairman of the Board of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development; he is also Professor and Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University. In 1976, Mr. Nodia graduated from the Philosophy Department at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and received his Ph.D. in Philosophical Sciences from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 1982.

In February-December, 2008 Mr. Nodia was the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia.

Mr. Nodia’s professional interests include political philosophy, democracy and nationalism in post-communist societies, and others.

 

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On 22 December, 2013, the Hayartun Center organized a meeting with Mr. Ghia Nodia, Chairman of the Board of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, which was attended by the representatives of the Armenian community of Georgia. The topic of the discussion focused on the role of ethnic minorities in democracy-building in Georgia.

During the meeting, Mr. Nodia provided an overview of the state-minority relations in different countries, discussed various models of multicultural management practices from around the world. At the discussion, the representatives of the Armenian community expressed discontent about negative societal attitudes towards the parishioners of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia. The Georgian Armenians also noted about the need for introducing positive discrimination, or affirmative action, in the country, highlighted forced closing of Armenian public schools and the issue of low enrolments of students in these schools, partly as a result of 10the school administrators’ mismanagement and enrolment discouraging practices.

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