LEPL Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University Statitute
Chapter 1. General Provisions
Article 1. Status
- Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University is a higher education institution established under the legislation of Georgia, legal entity of private law - a limited liability company which carries out educational activities in accordance with the mission of Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University and this Regulation.
- Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University, according to Article 2 (h33) and Article 9 (I) (b) of the Law of Georgia "On Higher Education", is a Teaching University which does not carry out Doctoral Educational Programs.
- Full name of Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University is Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University LLC and short names are "Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University" or "THU".
- The legal status of Tbilisi Humanitarian Training University as an entrepreneurial entity is determined by the Charter of THU.
- Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University has a stamp with its name, forms, stamp and bank account.
- Legal and factual address of Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University: №31, Beri Gabriel Salosi Avenue, 0144 Tbilisi, Georgia.
- Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University may have branches (representations) at the territory of Georgia that are established in accordance with Georgian legislation, they are not legal entities, acting on behalf of the University and on the basis of the regulations approved by the University.
Article 2. Legal basis for activities
- Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University carries out educational activities in accordance with the Constitution of Georgia, international treaties and agreements of Georgia, the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education”, and other legislative acts of Georgia, the decrees of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, educational standards, legal acts of the LEPL "National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement", present provision and mission determined by the University.
- In case of discrepancies between this provision and the Georgian legislation, the Georgian legislation shall prevail; any changes and amendments to the Georgian legislation, which don’t comply with article, paragraph or sub-paragraph of the present provision, shall result in the annulment of the relevant article, paragraph or sub-paragraph of this provision.
Article 3. Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the University are determined on the basis of the mission approved by the University and are in line with the policy defined by the state in the field of education.
Article 4. Subject of activity
1. To ensure the goals and objectives defined by the mission the University shall carry out the following educational and /or related activities in accordance with the Georgian legislation:
a) implementation of bachelor's educational programs;
b) implementation of master's educational programs;
c) implementation of one-step educational programs defined by the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education”;
d) manufacture of intellectual property products;
e) cooperation with Georgian and foreign educational and scientific institutions;
f) education other related services permitted by the Georgian legislation.
Article 5. Independence
The University is independent in its activities. Independence applies equally to academic and creative activities.
Article 6. Funding sources and property
1. sources of funding the University are the following:
a) tution grants obtained by students enrolled in the University;
b) other funds received from educational activities of the University;
c) investments of founders;
d) other revenues as defined by the legislation.2. Basic funds fixed on the University balance-sheet is the property of the University. Educational inventory, other material-technical base; intellectual and other products (works) produced by the University, other property allowed under the law.
3. The meeting of founders (partners) shall determine the amount of monetary resources annually from funds derived from the activities implemented by the University in accordance with the present Regulations and THU charter for the functioning and development of the University, in the fields of which annual budget of the University as an educational institution shall be made.
Chapter 2. Management of the University
Article 7. University management principles and management bodies
1. The principles of management of the University are:
a) publicity and availability of legal acts;
b) academic freedom of academic staff and students;
c) participation of academic staff and students in decision making;
d) equal treatment regardless of the ethnicity of a person, gender, social origin, political or religious belief, etc.
e) fairness and transparency of elections, publicity of competitions;
f) entrepreneurial freedom.
2. Management bodies and and officials of the University:
a) founders’ (partners) meeting;
b) academic council;
c) Rector, Vice-Rector;
d) Head of administration;
e) Head of Quality Assurance Service.
3. Any member of the meeting of the University founders (partners) shall have a right to be elected / approved in the University management body (on the position of a rector, administration head, member of Academic Council in case of being on tht position of a Professor or Associate Professor) or be employed to the other position determined by the University staff list.
Article 8. Authorities of the founders’ (partners) meeting
1. The meeting of founders (partners) is authorized to:
a) agree with the mission of the University, strategic development and action plans - to carry out monitor and assessments thereof;
b) agree with the University budget and submit to the Academic Council for approval;
c) dismiss the current staff of the Academic Council in case the Council fails to make a decision on one of the same issue twice successively, if it threatens or hinders the functioning of the University;
d) get acquainted with the University accounting documentation and other documents related to the University activity, conduct financial and economic analysis of the University's activities per year, designate and conduct audit;
e) obtain information on the University activities, approve the Rector's annual report on University activities; work out recommendations on improvement of the University activities as necessary;
f) submit to the Academic Council the candidature / candidatures of the Rector;
G) submit to the Academic Council the candidature of the Head of Administration.
2. Special powers of the founders’ (partners) meeting shall be determined by the THU Charter.
Article 9. Academic Council
1. The Academic Council of the University is determined by 11 members. The Academic Council is composed of the University Rector who is the chairman of the Academic Council; All four faculties of the University are represented by the equal number - 1 representative elected from academic staff; 4 members of the Academic Council are appointed by the Rector from academic staff; head of the University library and head of the Research and Development Center are automatically included in the Academic Council.
2. Academic staff of the appropriate faculty of the University (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Assistant) is elected / designated as a member of the Academic Council.
3. The members of the Academic Council of the University shall be elected by all members of the faculty academic staff, on the basis of a direct, free and equal elections, by secret ballot.
4. The term of authority of a member of the Academic council coincides with the duration of the basic education cycle, which is determined by 4 years.
5. Academic Council:
a) states the strategic planning methodology and mechanisms for monitoring strategic development and action plans;
b) agrees with the founders’ (partners) meeting and approves the strategic and operational plans of the University;
c) develops proposals for variations and amendments to the University Regulations;
d) develops and approves the university structure;
e) approves the University regulations, ethics and disciplinary liability norms;
f) develops the project of the University budget and presents it to the founders’ (partners) meeting for approval;
g) approves the procedure for acceptance of support personnel to the office on the basis of a proposal of the head of the administration, in agreement with the Rector;
h) approves the provisions of faculties of the University, the provisions of the University structural units, the regulations of the Academic Council, the rule of election of the members of the Academic Council and etc.
i) approves educational programs by the faculty's recommendation and modifies thereof;
j) promotes integration into the European Higher Education Area, cooperation between higher education institutions and / or creation of joint programs;
k) approves the Head of Quality Assurance Service by the nomination of the founders’
l) approves the Head of the Administration Service by the nomination of the founders’
m) approves the coefficients for the Unified National Examinations, in the cases envisaged by the Georgian legislation - for the Master's Exams, as well as the number of students to be enrolled in the University by the faculty’s presentation;
n) approves the procedure for the recognition, suspension and termination of student status, mobility, and recognition of education received during the study;o) approves the procedure for providing students with the relevant education in case of change or abolition of the educational program;
p) approves the assessment system for the implementation of the educational program by the presentation of the Quality Assurance Service;
q) elects the chairman of the Academic Council - the Rrector of the University by nomination of the founders’ (partners) meeting;
r) on the grounds of violation of the Georgian legislation by the Rector, inadequately fulfilling the obligations imposed on the Rector and / or performing inappropriate activities for the Rector, by the initiation of the meeting of Founders (Partners) or the previous agreement, considers the pre-term termination of the Rector's authority; decision on the termination of the authority of the Rector ahead of time shall be accepted by secret ballot, by 2/3 of the full staff of the Academic Council; the Rector does not participate in the ballot stated by this paragraph; in case of termination of the Rector's authority ahead of time, the
Rector's duties fulfilled by the Vice-Rector until the new Rector is appointed;
s) by the mediation of the faculty, makes a decision on conducting an open competition, including determination of the date and competition committee;
t) taking into account the offers of the faculty, considering the requirements of the Georgian legislation and the present provisions, states the competition conditions;
u) carries out other powers granted by the Georgian legislation and by this Regulation.
6. The rule of operation of the Academic Council shall be determined by the Regulations of the Academic Council.
Article 10. Rector
1. Rector is the highest academic official of the University, chair of the Academic Council and represents the University in the academic spheres within and outside the country, for which he/she is entitled to conclude deals and agreements on behalf of the University. If the transaction, agreement is connected with financial and economic issues, it also is signed by the head of the administration.
2. The Rector shall be elected by the Academic Council for a term of 5 years from the candidate/candidates nominated by the Founders’ (partners) meeting, on the basis of the Action Plan presented.
3. The Rector shall appoint Vice Rector for a term of 5 years with the consent of the Founders’ (Partners) meeting.
a) guides and leads the University activities in accordance with the legislation of Georgia;
b) represents the University in governmental and other departments, institutions and organizations as well as student unions in accordance with the legislation of Georgia;
c) conduct negotiations on behalf of the University, concludes agreements and signs other documents; is entitled to conduct inter-university relations directly or through the Vice-
d) controls the implementation of the University charter, regulations, internal regulations and other legal acts acting in the University; the University's legal issues are regulated by the
e) controls the implementation of educational programs;
f) appoints and dismisses the Deans of the faculty in agreement with the founders (partners), defines their tasks and rights and responsibilities in accordance with this provision, controls their activities;
g) in the agreement with the Academic Council, he/she is entitled to appoint the rector's advisor / advisors in accordance with the University's needs;
h) makes decisions on management of personnel in accordance with the management policies and procedures of the personnel established by the Academic Council;
i) promotes international cooperation and internationalization process of the University;
j) leads and manages the students enrollment in the University, approves the tuition tariffs, issues relevant acts on the students movement;
k) in accordance with this provision and the University Charter, performs decisions of the founders’ (partners) meeting and the Academic Council of the University; l) issues orders;
m) charges the Vice-Rector and the heads of other services with separate tasks;
n) exercises other authorities deriving from this regulation, charter and do not oppose the Georgian legislation.
6. The Rector shall be obliged to immediately provide the University with information about the activities of the founder (partner) and allow to get aquianted with the University documentation.
Article 11. Vice-rector
Vice-Rector of the University:
- Participates in determining the structure of the University;
- Participates in the elaboration of long-term (seven-year) and action plans (three years) of the University development;
- Participates in the strategic planning of the academic and scientific activities of the University;
- Coordinates duly execution of functions of the University structural units;
- Participates in the development of research and development projects;
- Participates in the development of infrastructure renewal projects;
- Encourages the process of creating a system providing professional growth of staff;
- Together with relevant structural units, coordinates the strengthening of educational programs and better organizing of the learning process;
- Alongside with relevant structural units, coordinates the strengthening of international partnership;
- Together with relevant structural units, coordinates student support projects;
- Coordinates the issues related to the policy of enrollment of academic staff to the University, their professional development, encouragement and promotion;
- Carries out monitoring of the implementation of strategic and action plan;
- Coordinates the preparation of the action plan implementation report;
- Carries out monitoring and assessment of training / scientific processes within the framework of effective mechanisms of quality assurance;
- Exercises other authorities deriving from the present regulations, other regulatory acts of the University and do not oppose the legislation of Georgia.
Article 12. Head of Administration of the University
1. The administration is headed by the head of administration, which is the highest administrative manager of the University in the fields of financial, material and human resources (within its competence), which represents the University in financial and economic relations.
2. The head of administration shall be approved by the Academic Council by the nomination of the founders’ (partners) meeting.
3. The term of office of the head of administration is 4 years.
4. Head of Administration:
a) participates in the University management policy and is entitled to enter into financial and economic deals in accordance with the University budget within its competence;
b) elaborates the draft of the budget of the University together with the University Academic Council and submits it to the meeting of founders (partners) for approval; controls the
University budget execution process;
c) participates in the development of the University strategic and action plans and in the process of monitoring and evaluation of their performance;
d) he/she is responsible for legality and effectiveness of the financial and economic activities of the University;
e) he/she is authorized to elaborate proposals on amendments to this regulation and submit to the Academic Council for the discussion;
f) develops and submits to the Rector the mechanisms of providing order in Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University, fire safety and medical assistance, for approval; g) performs other functions provided by the University's legal acts.
5. The head of administration is accountable to the meeting of the founders (partners), the Rector and the Ccademic Council.
6. The basis for early termination of the authority of the head of administration shall be:
a) motivated decision of the Academic Council;
b) motivated decision of the founders’ (partners) meeting and others.
Article 13. Quality assurance service
- The University Quality Assurance Service leads the internal university policy of quality assurance using the appropriate mechanisms that provide quality of educational and research work and professional development of the personnel.
- The University Quality Assurance Service guides the authorization and accreditation processes of the University.
- The University Quality Assurance Service cooperates with national and foreign education institutions in the field of quality assurance.
- The Head of University Quality Assurance Service is approved by the Academic Council of the University for four years by the nomination of the founders’ (partners) meeting.
- The Head of Quality Assurance Service is accountable to the meeting of the founders’ (partners), the Rector and the Academic Council.
- The basis for early termination of the authority of the head of Quality Assurance Service is:
a) motivated decision of the Academic Council;
b) motivated decision of the founders’ (partners) meetingand others.
Chapter 3. University Structure
Article 14. University structure
1. The University structure, as well as amendments in it is approved by the Academic Council of the University by the presentation of the founders’ (partners) meeting.
2. Description of the University structure:
a) The governing bodies and officials of the University shall be determined by Article 7(2) of this Regulations;
b) faculty is the principal educational structural unit of the University;
c) 4 faculties are functioning at the University:
- Economics, Business and Management
- Health care;
d) Structural units of the university are:
- Research and Development Center;
- Educational Process Management Service;
- Human Resources Management Service;
- Public Relations Office;
- International Relations Office;
- Student Support and Career Development Service;
- Legal Service;
10. Financial Service;
11. Infrastructure Management Service;
12. Information Technology Service;
13. Medical Assistance Service.The University departments, faculties, clinics as well as the library conduct their activities in accordance with this regulations and their own regulations.
Schematic version of the University structure is attached to this regulations (Annex №1) and is published at the University website.
Article 15. Faculty
1. Faculty is the main educational institution of the University, whose structure and functions are determined by the faculty regulations.
2. Faculty representative body is the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council consists of 7 members. The Faculty Council is chaired by the Faculty Dean. 4 members of the Faculty Council will be electe from the academic staff and 2 members from the students of the faculty. 4 members of the Faculty Council will be elected on the basis of direct, free and equal elections by all members of the faculty academic staff with secret ballot. Students of the Faculty Council are elected by faculty students through direct, free and equal elections by secret ballot. Elections are organized by student self-governance.
3. Faculty Council:
a) is authorized to determine the educational programs that should be carried out at the
b) on the basis of authorization of the quality assurance department and the dean of the faculty, examines and submits educational programs to the Academic Council for approval;
c) determines and submits to the Academic Council the financial-budget demand of the
d) approves the strategic and action plan of the Faculty development;
e) develops the Faculty regulations (under the faculty structure) by presentation of the Dean and submits it to the Academic Council for approval;
f) is entitled to refer to the Rector for the termination of the term of office to the Dean at the request of at least 2/3 of the members of the Faculty Council on the grounds of inadequately performing the duties imposed to the Dean and / or inappropriate activities of the Dean; G) Exercise other powers granted by this Regulations and the Faculty regulations.
Article 16. Dean of the Faculty
1. The Dean of the Faculty is appointed by the Rector in the agreement with the founders’ (partners) meeting; The term of office of the Dean of the faculty is 4 years.
2. A person who has a Doctor's academic degree or a person with equal scientific degree qualifying as a faculty academic person may be appointed as a Dean.
3. Dean of the Faculty:
a) ensures the effective process of studying at the faculty;
b) submits the faculty development action plan, educational programs, faculty regulations to the Faculty Council for discussion;
c) is responsible for the fulfillment of the decisions of the Academic Council, Faculty Council within its competence;
d) issues the written resolutions and official guidelines within its competence;
e) carries out other powers granted by this Regulation and the regulations of the Faculty.
4. Pre-term termination of the authority of the Faculty Dean can take place in the following cases:
a) a joint motivated decision of the Rector and Founders’ (Partners) meeting;
b) by own statement;
c) in case of termination of labor agreement on academic position;
d) in case of death, declared dead, declared missing and in other cases stipulated by law.
Article 17. Laboratory, clinic and / or office
- The laboratory, clinic, office is a faculty structural study and / or research unit that is provided by the educational program implemented by the faculty.
- The rule of operation of the laboratory, clinic, and office shall be determined by the regulations of the Faculty or the laboratory, clinic, office regulations approved by the Faculty Council.
Chapter 4. Human Resources
Article 18. Administrative staff
1. The administrative staff of the University is the following:
- Head of Administration;
- Head of Quality Assurance Service;
- Dean of the faculty;
- Persons employed in the structural units of the University, which are responsible for implementing specific tasks and sub-tasks in accordance with the strategic plan.2. The University administrative staff (except the rector) is appointed on the position by the Rector's Order.
3. The labor agreements are signed with the Administrative staff of the University.
4. The labor agreement with the University rector is signed by the meeting of founders (partners).
5. In exceptional cases at the request of the Rector, the administrative officer may retain another administrative position at the same time.
Article 19. Academic staff
1. Academic staff
a) Academic staff of Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University consists of professors, associate professors, assistant professors and assistants;
b) Professors, associate professors and assistant professors participate in the study process and
/ or scientific research and / or conduct them;
c) carries out seminars and research activities within the educational process in the main educational unit, headed by Assistant Professors, Associate Professors or Assistant-
d) number of the academic personnel of the University is determined by the University staff schedule.
2. The procedure for holding academic position
a) academic position is held only by an open competition, which is held in accordance with the principles of transparency, equality and fair competition;
b) academic positions of professors and associate professors are held for 4 years;
c) academic positions of Assistant Professors and Assistants are held for 3 years;
d) decision on determining an open competition including the date and Competition
Commission is taken by the Academic Council of the faculty;
e) the competition conditions shall be determined by the academic council, taking into account the proposals of the Faculty, requirements of the Georgian legislation and the provisions of this Regulation;
f) an open competition announcement needs the Rector's order;
g) the date of conduct of the competition and the competition conditions shall be published at least 1 month before the competition applications and attached documents are received, according to the rules established by the legislation of Georgia.
3.1. A person, who meets the requirements as follow can be elected on the academic position of a professor for 4 years of term:
a) who has a doctoral degree or an academic degree equal to it;
b) has at least 6 years experience in scientific-pedagogical work;
c) has published the scientific work confirming his / her competence in the relevant field, for the last 5 years;
d) presents a syllabus/syllabuses prepared in the educational discipline provided by the relevant faculty, in electronic and printed forms;
e) satisfies the other competitive conditions approved by the Georgian legislation and / or the Academic Council of the University.
3.2. The academic position of a lifetime Professor may be held by a person who:
a) meets the requirements set by sub-paragraph 3.1 of the present article;
b) has special professional achievements and / or scientific achievements (eg. scientific publications in leading local and international journals and other publications, participated in national and international scientific research projects and etc.);
c) agrees to undergo mandatory attestation per 5 years in accordance with the procedure established by this regulation.
4. Associate Professor
4.1. Associate professor can become a person for a four-year term, who:
a) has an academic degree of doctor or equal academic degree;
b) has at least 3 years experience in scientific and pedagogic activity;
c) has published the scientific work confirming his / her competence in the relevant field for the last 5 years;
d presents a syllabus/syllabuses prepared in the educational discipline provided by the relevant faculty, in electronic and printed forms;
e) satisfies the other competitive conditions approved by the Georgian legislation and / or the Academic Council of the University.
5.1. The person below can be elected to be an assistant-professor for 3 years of term:
a) who has a doctoral degree or the degree equal to a doctoral degree, has at least 2 years of experience in scientific and pedagogical activities and has published scientific work over the last 5 years, which confirms his / her competence in the relevant field;
b) has the relevant qualification certified by professional experience, special training and / or publications; a person who has the necessary competency to develop the learning outcomes provided by the program shall be considered as having the relevant qualification as follows: b.a) has 3 years of professional experience and special training, and / or
b.b) has published at least 2 publications in the last 5 years, confirming his/her competence in the relevant field and has at least 1 year experience in scientific or pedagogic activity.
5.2. Candidates for Assistant-Professor should present in electronic and printed forms a syllabus/syllabuses prepared for the academic discipline envisaged by the educationall program realized by relevant faculty.
5.3. Candidate for Assistant-Professor must meet the other conditions set out by the Georgian legislation and / or approved by the Academic Council of the University.
6.1. A person as follow can be elected as an assistant for 3 years term:
a) having academic degree of a doctor or academic degree equivalent to doctoral degree or is a doctoral candidate and/or has a relevant qualification certified by professional experience, special training and/or publications; a person who has the necessary competency to develop the learning outcomes provided by the program shall be considered as having the relevant qualification as follows:
- has 2 years of professional experience and special training, and / or
- has published a publication in the last 5 years, which confirms his/her competence in the relevant field;
b) meets other competition conditions approved by the Georgian legislation and/or approved by the Academic Board.
7. The rule of conducting open competition
a) open competition for selection of the academic personnel is conducted in accordance with the requirements defined by the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education”;
b the decision to announce an open competition with the mediation of faculties is taken by the Academic Council of the Uuniversity, on the basis of which the Rector issues an order where the following data shall be stated in the mandatory rule:
- Date of announcement of open competition;
- Number and direction of vacant places;
- Qualification requirements submitted to the applicants and the competition documents to be submitted, including additional qualification requirements for unlimited election on the academic position of a Professor and competition documents to be submitted additionally, additional qualification requirements for the academic personnel to be elected at foreignlanguage educational programs and competition documents to be submitted additionally; - Dates for beginning and ending the receipt of competitive applications; place of receiving applications;
- Rule of publication of the decision of the Competition Commission;
- Rule for ensuring publicity of competition;
c) the Competition Commission is formed by the decision on announcing an open competition, which is established on the basis of a professional /sectoral basis, with the persons having academic degree of a Doctor who are not employed at the University academic positions; in exceptional cases, it is possible to enter the University Professor in the Competition Commission; the Chairperson and Secretary of the Competition Commission shall determine at the same decision;
d) quorum of the Competition Commission is present if the meeting is attended by at least half of the total number of members of the Commission;
e) chairperson of the Competition Commission shall convene the sitting of the Competition
f) at the sitting of the Competition Commission a minutes of the session is signed by the chairperson and the secretary of the session;
g) the Competition Commission discusses the compliance of the applications and attached documents with the competition conditions at the first meeting and determines the grounds for disqualification of the applicants; the Competition Commission shall make a decision on disqualification of the applicant with the consent of more than half of the total number of members; in case of equal number of votes, the vote of the Chairperson of the Competition
Commission is decisive;
h) competitive applications and attached syllabuses / scientific papers shall be distributed in accordance with the profile of the Competition Commission members, at the first sitting of the Competition Commission to study and present the conclusion thereof;
i) introduction and evaluation of the presented competition application and the conclusions about the competitors take place at the second sitting of the Competition Commission (at the special sitting in case of need);
j) each applicant is assessed by 10 points on the vacancy for a Professor and Associate Professor, where 4 points are distributed on pedagogical experience and professional achievements, 3 points - scientific achievements, 3 points - presented syllabus and the learning methodology stated in it; on the position of an assistant-professor, the candidate will be evaluated on the same way, or on the basis of professional experience and special training and / or publications and analysis of scientific or pedagogic experience - within 10 points as well; on the vacancy of the Assistant, the candidate will be evaluated on the basis of academic quality, professional experience and special training and / or publication (s) within 10 points;
k) each competitors are evaluated individually by the members of the Competition
Commission and afterwards his/her rating Grade Point Average is fixed;
l) a candidate/candidates who will collect / accumulate higher rating points than others, but not less than 5 shall be declared to be a winner;
m) if only one candidate’s application was presented for a vacant academic position, it will be declared a winner unless his / her GPA is less than 5;
n) in case of obtaining equal rating point by more than one candidate at the same vacancy, the Competition Commission re-assess these applicants at the additional meeting; the Competition Commission is authorized to talk to the relevant applicants in this case; the winner (preeminent candidate) will be revealed in accordance with subparagraphs (k), (l) and (m) of this paragraph;o) the Competition Commission, in relation to the winners of the competition, based on their application and submitted additional examination documents, develops a reasoned conclusion on a lifetime election of professors, which should be reflected in the minutes of the meeting;
p) the decision of the Competition Commission shall be adopted by a majority of the Competition Commission; in case of equal number of votes, the vote of the Chairperson of the Competition Commission is decisive; the decision of the Competition Commission is not subject to separate appeals. The Order of the Rector on the position of Academic Personnel shall be appealed in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of Georgia.
8. Compulsory certification of a lifetime elected Professor
8.1. The purpose of mandatory certification is to verify the professional and/or scientific achivements of a lifetime elected Professor (re-recognition);
8.2. Mandatory certification is passed by the lifetime elected Professor once every 5 years;
8.3. Mandatory certification shall be conducted within the relevant educational unit
8.4. The composition of the Certification Commission and the terms of conducting shall be approved by the Rector of the University by presentation of the relevant faculty; the composition of the Certification Commission shall be drawn up on the basis of a professional/sectoral basis, from the persons with the Doctor's academic degree and the persons being on the academic positions of the relevant faculty can not be included in it; the Chairman and Secretary of the Certification Commission shall be determined by the same order;
8.5. Quorum of the Certification Commission is present if the session is attended by more than half of the total number of members of the Commission;
8.6. Attestation Commission / Commissions are working under this Regulation in the manner specified by the Competition Commission; the decision shall be made by a majority of the total members of the Commission;
8.7. The lifetime elected Professor shall submit the following documents to the Certification Commission:
a) scientific works / papers published in leading local and international journals and other editions within the last 5 years;
B) documentation confirming participation in national and international scientific-research projects, describing the format of participation;
c) manuals / support manuals / monographs issued during the last 5 years;
d) revised syllabus/syllabuses of disciplines/disciplines envisaged by the educational program;
8.8. When mandatory certification is necessary, the Quality Assurance Service will submit to the Certification Commission the latest results of the assessment of the educational program in the implementation of which the person is involved;
8.9. The decision of the Certification Commission is based on the latest results of the documents submitted by the Professor, as well as the data on the University and the evaluation of the educational program in which the Professor is involved;
8.10. The following components are evaluated by the Competition Commission: professional achievements, scientific achievements;
8.11. Each component is evaluated by one of the following estimations:
a) good - fully relevant;
b) satisfactory - mainly relevant;
g) unsatisfactory - inappropriate.
8.12. The Certification Commission receives the following consolidated decision on each of the Professors subjected to certification:
a) Particular professional / scientific achievement of Professors (with good appraisal in both components) are fully confirmed;
b) Particular professional/scientific achievements (with satisfactory appraisal, the performance of the recommendations of the Certification Commission in one or both of the components is required) are partially confirmed;
c) The professor's special professional/scientific achievements (when receiving unsatisfactory assessment in one of the components) are not confirmed.
8.13. If it become clear by the decision of the Certification Commission that the person is no longer complies with the detained academic position, the Rector on the basis of an order shall terminate lifetime labour agreement with this person in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of Georgia; this does not deprive the right to a person to:
a) move to a fixed-term employment contract but not more than 4 years from the date of election as a Professor;
b) take the academic position of a Professor at the University on the fixed-term basis under the open competition procedure;
8.14. The decision referred to subparagraph (b) of paragraph 8.12 of this Article may be appealed in a the Court;
8.15. The decision envisaged by subparagraph (c) of paragraph 8.12 of this article shall be appealed together with the order of the Rector, provided for in paragraph 8.13 of this Article.
9. Forms (categories) of labor agreement to be concluded with academic staff shall be approved by the University Academic Council.
10. Issues of affilliation of academic personnel shall be regulated in accordance with the rules established by the University Academic Council.
11. Maximum academic load for the professors, associate professors, academic professors and assistants is determined by the Academic Council of the University.
12. Amount and conditions of the remuneration of the academic staff
a) The amount of remuneration of a person appointed for academic position (with the established mechanism) and the terms of payment shall be determined individually on the basis of a labor contract signed between the employer and the employee;
b) The employer and employee are authorized to agree on special conditions for determining the salary (in accordance with the academic position, the amount of hourly load, etc.).
13. Academic staff has the right to:
a) take part in the management of a higher education institution in accordance with this provision;
b) carry out learning, research, creative activity and publication of scientific papers without interference;
c) determine the content of the disciplinary program (syllabus), teaching methods and means independently within the educational program;
d) exercise other powers granted to them by the Georgian legislation.
14. Academic staff is obliged to:
a) meet the requirements of this provisions and the regulatory acts of study process applicable to the University;
b) follow the University regulations and ethical norms;
c) fulfill the duties undertaken by the labor agreement;
d) present a report on the carried out work after improvement of qualification and / or scientific-creative vacation.
15. The University provides:
a) scientific research and academic freedom for academic personnel;
b) creates appropriate conditions for its activities.
16. Grounds for dismissal of academic staff and termination of labor agreement concluded with them, have been determined in accordance with the Labor Code of Georgia "on Higher Education" as well as by this Regulation in particular cases.
Article 20. Honorary Doctor
The Academic Council of the University is entitled to grant scientist or public figure the title of Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Teaching University for special merits.
Article 21. Invited (free-lance) staff
1. On the basis of Article 40 (6) of the law of Georgia on "Higher Education", pursuant to the request of the appropriate faculty at the educational programs implemented by the same faculty, it is possible to invite specialists with relevant qualifications, in order to take part in study process, without taking into account their staff schedule (on the free-lance bases) on the basis of a labor agreement subjected to hourly payment.
2. Invited free-lance personnel are - senior teachers and teachers.
3. A person having a doctoral degree or equivalent academic degree or other qualified person, who is a person elected to an academic position of the other higher educational institution or has the appropriate qualification, which is confirmed by at least 5 years of professional experience and special training and / or publications, shall be called to be a senior teacher.
4. A doctoral candidate or other qualified person who is authorized to conduct practical and laboratory works and whose qualification is certified by at least 3 years of professional experience and special training and / or publications, shall be called to be a teacher.
5. On the basis of the application of the relevant faculty, academic personnel of other faculties can be called at the educational programs realized by the same faculties, to the same academic position (called professor / called associate professor / called assistant professor / called assistant).
6. The fixed-term employment contract of "C" category shall be drawn up with the called personnel within 1 academic year or semester.
7. Basis for the dismissal of the called (free-lancer) personnel and the termination of the labor agreement concluded with him/her, have been determined in accordance with the Labor Code of Georgia, Law of Georgia on "Higher Education" as well as this Regulation in separate cases.
Article 22. Support Staff
- 1.The support staff includes the personnel required for the University activities provided by the University's staff list.
- The support staff shall be appointed by the Rector’s order; the labor agreement is drawn up under the rule established by the legislation of Georgia.
- On the supporting positions, which are not determined by the University staff list, can be employed the persons on the basis of a labor agreement.
Chapter 5. Student
Article 23. Student's rights
1. The student is entitled to:
a) receive quality education;
b) take part in the research activity;
c) use the material-technical, library, information and other means of higher education institution in the same conditions as established by the University Regulations, internal regulations and other inter-university acts;
d) to elect a representative by means of a secret ballot on the basis of universal, direct and equal elections and be elected in the student self-government and Faculty Council in accordance with this Regulations;
e) freely establish and / or be involved in student organizations in accordance with his/her initiative;
f) freely express his/her opinion and reasonably refuse of sharing ideas that are offered during the training process;
g) accept scholarship or other benefits from the government, university or other sources in compliance with the Georgian legislation and internal regulations of the University; h) choose an educational program;
i) take part in the development of an individual educational program;
j) exercise other powers granted by the Georgian legislation.
2. The University states for the students with disabilities necessary conditions for their full education, which is determined by the applicable legislation; the University students with disabilities are able to move freely in the University; if it is unable to move a disabled student in any part of the University, the University is obliged to provide a disabled student with a learning facility in the part of the building of the University, where the student’s simple movement is provided; in case if the disabled student can not move to the office of the University staff, this staff is obliged to meet the disabled student in the favorable part of the University building.
3. Personal information provided by the student in the presence of the academic staff, as well as information about his/her views, beliefs and political beliefs, known to the latter in the study process, as well as information on disciplinary measure in relation to a student is confidential, unless permission of the student or the legitimate interest of the University is not aimed at protecting the security of other persons and the rights protected by law. Information on student academic achivements and disciplinary measures against him/her shall be kept separately.
4. The University is prohibited to use its own authority and material - technical base in such a way, which may endanger censorship or restrict freedom of expression, unless the student 's behavior contradicts the ethical norms of the student providing for the educational process.
5. Disciplinary prosecution against the student shall be proportional to disciplinary misconduct and may be carried out only through the procedure provided by the University's internal regulations and in accordance with the fair procedure. The University will develop the student's ethical norms that may state the restriction to the behavior of the student if it is related to the course of the educational process. The University is obliged to specify the procedure of conduct, which leads to disciplinary liability.
Article 24. Student’s Obligations
1. A student is obliged to:
a) follow the University Regulations and Internal Regulations;
b) perform the inter-university acts related to the study process, including the decisions of the Academic Council, Rector's Orders;
c) fulfill the obligations assumed by the contract concluded with the University on education services.
2. The procedure and terms of suspension and termination of the student’s status shall be determined in accordance with the rules for "Recognition, Suspension and Termination of Student Status, Mobility as well as the Rules of Recognition of Education Obtained during Study " approved by the Academic Council.
Article 25. Rights of Student Self-governments
1. Student self-government elected in accordance with faculties shall be established on the basis of universal, equal, direct elections by secret ballot.
2. Student self-government of the University will develop the regulations of student selfgovernment.
3. Student self-government in accordance with its regulations:
a) ensures participation of students in the University management through participation in the Faculty Council;
b) promotes the protection of students' rights;
c) is entitled to work out proposals to improve the management system of the Faculty or the University and the teaching quality, which shall be presented to the Faculty Council and the
d) performs other powers provided by the regulations of student self-government.
4. The management bodies of the University do not have the right to interfere with the student self-government activities.
Chapter 6. Grounds for Student Enrollment at the University
Article 26. General rules for enrollment of students at one-step educational programs of bachelor’s and qualified dentist
- Enrollment of a school-leaver at the single-step educational program of bachelor’s and qualified dentist take place based on the results of the unified national examinations, according to the legislation of Georgia, in compliance with the list published by LEPL National Assessment and Examination Center, except for the cases provided by the Law of Georgia on "Higher Education".
- For the purpose of facilitating school-leavers and mobility of students, study at the University without passing the unified national examinations will be permitted only in the cases defined by the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education” in accordance with the procedure established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.
Article 27. General rules for admission to the Master Educational Programs
- The University is united in a unified master's examination network for admission of students at the higher education programs.
- The candidate for Master’s degree, who has successfully overcome the minimum competency limit set by the Georgian legislation in the Master's Examination in accordance with the procedure established by the Georgian legislation, has the right to participate in the exam / examinations determined by the University for admission of a student for master's degree program.
- For the purpose of facilitating candidates on master’s degree course and mobility of students, study at the University without passing the unified master’s examinations will be permitted only in the cases defined by the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education” in accordance with the procedure established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. In this case, the right to study at the Master’s Educational Program will be obtained only by overcoming the minimum competency limit in the exam / exams defined by the University for admission of a student at master's degree program, in accordance with the Law of Georgia "On Higher Education".
Chapter 7. Educational Programs
Article 28. Higher education academic programs
1. The University carries out the following higher education academic programs:
a) bachelor's educational programs (first level); in case of obtaining no less than 240 credits under the bachelor's educational program, the student is awarded with academic degree of Bachelor. A person who has the full general education confirming document or equalized document only, has the right to study for the Bachelor's degree; along with a higher level of professional training than full general education, the Bachelor's program aims at a more profound understanding of the theoretical aspects of study disciplines, which with research programs is designed to prepare a person for the further study in MA courses and work taking into consideration the restrictions established by the legislation of Georgia;
b) single-step higher education program of a skilled dentist, envisaged by Article 471 of the Law of Georgia on “Higher Education” (equal to the second stage); in case of obtaining 300 credits under a one-step higher education program of the skilled dentist, the student is awarded with academic degree of the skilled dentist;
c) Master's educational programs (second stage); in case of obtaining at least 120 credits from the Master's Educational Program, the student is awarded with a Master's academic degree. A bachelor or a person with equalized academic degree is entitled to study for MA degree; The aim of studying for the Master's degree is to prepare for scientific-research work and pedagogical activity in the higher educational institutions; change of specialty (except regulated educational program); qualification improvement; the Master's Educational Program envisages independent conduct of studies by a student, on the basis of which he/she will be able to present the qualification work.
2. Educational program typically includes 60 credits in one academic year.
3. After completing each step of study, a diploma with a standard attachment shall be issued.
4. The person who has not completed or failed to complete the relevant educational level is given a proper certificate.
5.The University is authorized to carry out other educational programs in accordance with the Georgian legislation and in addition to the Doctoral Educational Program.
Article 29. Language of teaching
The language of implementation of the educational programs of the University is Georgian, and foreign language as well in case of obtaining the relevant right in accordance with the Georgian legislation.
Chapter 8. Internationalization Policy
Article 30. Implementation of internationalization policy
1. The University facilitates international mobility of academic personnel; finances business trips of academic persons at partner Universities; invites or receives foreign lecturers within the bilateral agreement.
2. The University facilitates students' mobility in partner Universities to master an educational component; invites or receives foreign students in the fields of the bilateral agreement.
3. Sends the persons employed in the administration for a mission to the partner foreign Universities to receive and share experience.
4. The University activates cooperation with foreign higher educational institutions and concludes new contracts.
5. The University organizes international summer schools and attracts foreign students.
Chapter 9. Reorganization and Liquidation of the University
Article 31. The rule of reorganization and liquidation of the University
Reorganization or liquidation of the University is carried out in compliance with the charter of the University by the decision of the meeting of founders (partners) of the University in accordance with the Georgian legislation.