D-Lab Satellite II: Sharing Knowledge for Rural Development
A one week training: Sharing approaches, skills, and knowledge with in-country academic institutions for feasibility studies on local energy, agriculture, and environment projects.
To build upon D-Lab efforts from Summer 2016, the Georgia Working Group at the UC Davis D-Lab will be traveling to Georgia throughout Summer 2017 to conduct a second Satellite Training, now in the capital Tbilisi. Georgia is looking to partner with established university programs to move towards project-based curriculum, and enable professionals in Tbilisi to support local issues. In order for Georgia to reach this goal, there are expressed needs for hands-on educational approaches and increased research efforts that can lead to innovations in energy, agriculture, and environment. In partnership with UC Davis Global Affairs, the Georgia Working Group will work with local NGO Environment & Development, as well as Tbilisi State University counterparts.
Satellite II will consist of a one week training with Masters candidates and professors from several participating Georgian universities, including Tbilisi State University, the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Kutaisi University, and Ilia State University. The Georgia Working Group, as well as several in-country guest lecturers, will facilitate a series of lessons and exercises to equip the participants with the necessary steps to replicate D-Lab I Feasibility Studies in regional Georgian areas for future projects. Training topics will cover business model development, the D-Lab approach, and a series of useful technical concepts.