CUP Online Conference
On 12th June of 2020 Sulkhan-Saba Obreliani University has organized an online conference regarding the covid-19 pandemic, in which the partners from Easter European University Network were participated. The participants have shared experiences of how each university has adapted and coped with the challenges posed by the pandemic, both in terms of students, academic and administrative staff, as well as in term of teaching and research.
The focus was particularly on doing good deeds for the public by the universities, which is a sign of practical expression of Christian Faith.
After the presentation of the university and sharing good practices, the participants discussed the ways of strengthening of cooperation in order to reduce the covid-19 impact on each university. There were some interesting ideas, they talked about joint projects for BA, MA and PhD students, an international student conference was planned and for PhD students, it was talked a joint research project.
The conference was attended by the representatives of the Eastern European Universities Network: Clemens Sedmak, Interim Director of Nanovic Institute for European studies, Monica Caro, senior associate director on Nanovic Institute, A, James McAdams, ex-director of Nanovic Institute (Notre Dame University, Nanovic Institute of European Studies, USA), Richard Somorjai-Dorflein, head of Foreign Affairs Department (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hungary), Prof. Marec Babic (Catholic University of Ruzomberok, Slovakia), prof. Slawomir Nowosad (The Catholic University of John Paul II in Lublin, Poland) dr. Zoran Turza (Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia), Taras Dobko senior vice-rector of UCU, dr. Oleh Turiy, the vice rector for external affairs, (Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine).
Online conference was held in place of International Conference scheduled on 20th May at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, that was postponed for the next year. The Conference was planned with Nanovic Institute within the CUP (Catholic Universities Partnership). Since 2014 there are held international conferences in every year at the member universities of CUP.
The Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) began in 2003 as a project to support the elevation and development of Catholic higher education and civil society in post-Soviet Europe. Now with more than fifteen years of progressive developments in programming, infrastructure, and research, the CUP continues to foster international collaboration among institutions of higher learning across Europe.
The Catholic Universities Partnership includes the following Universities: Catholic University of Ruzomberok (Slovakia), Catholic University of Croatia (Croatia), The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublinc(Poland), Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary), Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University (Georgia), Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine). Other participating Universities include: Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt (Germany), Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy), Catholic University of Paris (France)