Date: 2020-12-10

SDSU Georgia Advisory Board Meeting - November 2020

SDSU Georgia held its final Advisory Board meeting of 2020 on November 24th. These meetings, which are currently being held virtually, are a unique opportunity to strengthen SDSU’s relationship with our partner universities and industry partners and reaffirm SDSU’s position in Georgia.

November’s Advisory Board meeting was attended by many members of the SDSU leadership, as well as representatives from the Government of Georgia, U.S. Embassy, Millenium Challenge Corporation, Millennium Foudation, the rectors of each of our partner universities, and distinguished advisory board members from the industry and other special guests.

Notably, these attendees included SDSU President Dr. Adela de la Torre, SDSU Provost Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa, and a delegation of Deans and Chairs from SDSU. From the Georgian government, the Minister of Education Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia Dr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli was in attendance, along with Catherine Schweitzer, Deputy Chief of Mission and Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi. We were also joined by Jonathan Brooks, Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Magda Magradze, CEO of the Millennium Foundation.

At the meeting, our Advisory Board discussed SDSU Georgia’s role in supplying a qualified STEM workforce to meet the needs of Georgia’s job market, as well as plans for SDSU Georgia’s ongoing sustainability and presence in the region.

SDSU President Adela de la Torre addressed SDSU’s commitment to maintaining a presence in Georgia, stating, "If our students, those with the least resources, have the greatest opportunities, we will transform communities and nations. SDSU is committed to this goal in the context of its strategic plan. One of the goals of our strategic plan is to be one SDSU and that one SDSU includes the Republic of Georgia".