A nearly half-million dollar U.S. State Department
grant will enable Troy University to build a collaborative
partnership to create a new master’s degree and foster
research in international affairs in the Republic of Georgia.
The $495,000 grant, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in
Tbilisi, Georgia, will fund a partnership with the Georgia
Institute of Public Affairs to augment the institution’s
graduate International Affairs Program with faculty
and student exchange, strengthen its research capacity
and collaboratively develop a master’s level program in
Political science faculty believe the partnership will forge
new pathways to learning for both Georgian and TROY
“Our new partnership will provide numerous avenues for
TROY students and faculty to interact with and learn from
their Georgian colleagues including student exchanges,
scholarships, joint publishing opportunities and the
creation of new academic programs on both sides of the
Atlantic,” said Dr. Jonathan Harrington, a professor of
political science and director of the University’s Master of
Science in International Relations program.
Dr. Harrington co-developed the three year project with
Dr. Terry Anderson, a public administration associate
professor at TROY who has extensive experience working
with GIPA, including authoring a textbook used in its
programs and serving as a visiting faculty member.
Anderson has taught more than 20 courses in GIPA’s School
of Government’s Master of Public Administration program
“Georgia has demonstrated its desire to become part of
a global society that is progressive, and its leaders clearly
know the value of higher education -- especially when
delivered in concert with American partners,” Dr. Anderson
said. “GIPA is located in a part of the world that is perfect
for TROY—an emerging democracy, a former Soviet
republic, that is on the cutting edge among its neighbors in
terms of education in the fields of international affairs and
“I believe this opportunity will create an entry point for
future study abroad courses for our students in both our
MPA and MSIR students,” she said.
The project begins immediately, and four GIPA faculty
members are expected to begin a faculty exchange during
the spring semester on the Troy Campus. TROY faculty
from the Department of Political Science will teach and
conduct research in Georgia as well.
Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city in the Republic of Georgia. Lying on the
banks of the Kura River, Tbilisi has roughly 1.5 million residents.
Grant Extends TROY’s Reach
to Republic of Georgia