I still teach at the international school and I work for the government, for a department at the Ministry of Justice that works on the development and improvement of public services in Georgia.
I did my Bachelor's in Applied Math in Georgia, my home country. For my Master's, also in Applied Math, I went to the US. During this Master's I had my first teaching experience. I taught undergraduate students as a Teaching Assistant. That was when I discovered that I liked teaching.
After my Master's, I returned to Georgia and became a teacher at a British international school in Tbilisi, where I taught mathematics and economics. I enjoyed teaching but I wanted to learn more about education, for example about student motivation, learning methods and educational effectiveness...
Education in the Netherlands is quite different from education in Georgia. In the Netherlands all universities are leading research universities, so all professors are also leading researchers. In Georgia, the government does not fund research, so the universities are only oriented on teaching. Since professors do not conduct research, they are less aware of major developments in their field, which I think is important, especially in the social sciences.
I now live in Tbilisi, where I have two jobs. I still teach at the international school and I work for the government, for a department at the Ministry of Justice that works on the development and
improvement of public services in Georgia. I use the research and writing skills that I developed in Groningen a lot.
I would recommend this Master's programme to anyone interested in educational research. It is very intensive since it is only one year and there are a lot of courses you need to take and a lot of deadlines you have to meet, but it gives you the opportunity to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Studying in Groningen is really great. It is a fantastic city. Even the weather was not as bad as advertised, at least not in the year I was there.
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