SDSU Global Campus Dean Ian Gibson recently returned from a visit to our eastern European educational partners at SDSU Georgia, where hundreds of students have benefitted from higher education programs sponsored by SDSU.

SDSU Global Campus serves as the primary SDSU entity dedicated to extending the reach of the university’s academic programs to learners everywhere. Global Campus’ unwavering commitment is to expand SDSU’s on-campus, online, and international educational offerings, emphasizing flexibility, accessibility, and practicality to empower learners to achieve their aspirations at every age and stage in life. 

Through this partnership, we are actively shaping a future where learning opportunities are limitless, affordable, and readily accessible, acting as catalysts for personal and professional development in San Diego and worldwide.

Purpose of the Visit

Gibson’s October visit to Georgia served two principal objectives. Firstly, he aimed to connect with the local students, faculty, and staff to gain insights into their experiences within our programs. Additionally, his visit was meant to engage in meaningful discussions with our esteemed Georgian institutional partners, including Ilia State University, Tbilisi State University, and Georgian Technical University, along with the Minister of Education and Science, Giorgi Amilakhvari. 

Together, we are working to chart the course for a sustainable and enduring SDSU presence in Georgia. Over the past few years, we have achieved remarkable outcomes for hundreds of students in Georgia, and it’s crucial to build upon this success and momentum to foster an even more prosperous future.

AmCham Event

During his visit, SDSU Global Campus and Ilia State University hosted the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (“AmCham”). This event presented a fantastic opportunity to introduce AmCham leadership and members to the newly constructed educational facilities at Ilia State University. Deans and faculty showcased state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, demonstrating the resources that students utilize to advance their education in STEM fields.

Minister Meeting

Gibson also met with the Minister of Education and Science to discuss the future of SDSU’s operations in Georgia. He is highly supportive of our work there and wants to see SDSU launch an independent campus in the Republic of Georgia. He also expressed interest in joint degrees with Georgian universities and the possibility of funding to make that possible. The minister intends to visit San Diego in early 2024 to continue our conversation.