The University of Westminster hosted the ‘Georgian Studies Day’ conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the day which this year centred on the topic of ‘Georgia in Europe’.

The conference was attended by Professor Roland Dannreuther, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster, and Dr John Murphy, Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, who both delivered introductory remarks. The conference was opened by co-founder Dr Tamara Dragadze.

The event was held to officially celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Georgian Studies Day’ – which takes place on 2 November. The annual day has been celebrated in London since 1987. Co-organised by the UK Georgian Embassy, it continues to aim to inform British society about the changing situation in Georgia.

The conference discussed Georgian subjects comprehensively covering themes of history, culture and architecture. In attendance at the event were Georgian representatives as well as students, both international and home, along with the rest of the guests.

Dr John Murphy, Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, said: “In the Department of Biomedical Sciences, we have had a number of European funded educational and research projects in collaboration with institutions in Georgia and led by my colleagues Professor Peter Lydyard and Dr Nino Porakishvili. We were delighted that the University hosted the 2017 Georgian Studies Day on the very important theme of Georgia in Europe.”

The Embassy of Georgia, one of the main organisers of the event, extended their thanks to the University of Westminster for helping to organise and hosting the event.

With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all its forms. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations. We are an international institution, located in the heart of London.

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