Professor Peter Lydyard was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the restructuring and development of Science and Education at Tbilisi State University over the last 21 years.
Speaking of the recognition, he said: “It is a great honour to have received this award. I feel proud to be an honorary member of the Faculty of this excellent Georgian university and to have been part of the restoration and further development of Higher Education in the post USSR era. I believe that this award places me in a strong position to aide in establishing educational and research opportunities between the University of Westminster, Tbilisi State University and other universities in Georgia.”
Dr Nina Porakishvili’s honorary award is an addition to the Order of Honour which she received in 1996 by the then President of Georgia, Edward Shevardnadze, for her contribution to the development of Science and Education in Georgia.
Dr Nina Porakishvili said: “Receiving acknowledgement for the contribution of our intensive work in Georgia is a great honour, and I accept it on behalf of the University of Westminster team who work hard on the implementation of our international projects. I feel that it is important to build on these achievements and to further existing collaborations that will lead to closer links and joint ventures.”
Professor Peter Lydyard and Dr Nina Porakishvili have been running EU Tempus Higher Education Programmes together, with the University of Westminster coordinating several of these projects.
One of the two ongoing projects coordinated by the University of Westminster is for training IT personnel in partner universities in Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan to create 3D images and virtual simulations with the aim of developing a virtual medical microbiology laboratory.
One of the partner universities in this project is the David Agmashenebeli University of Georgia which is a progressive private medical school in Tbilisi. Professor Peter Lydyard and Dr Nina Porakishvili were awarded with the honourable David Agmashenebeli medals for their contribution to local education. Also, in 2012 the project led by Peter and Nina at the University of Westminster won the prestigious Times Higher Education award for the Best International Collaboration of the Year.