Corruption-risk assessment of the Georgian higher education sector
Corruption in education represents a major barrier to the achievement of the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4). Identifying major corruption risks, as was done in Georgia, and the formulation of concrete recommendations to address such risks can help policy-makers and other key education actors overcome the burden of malpractice and misuse of often limited funds for improving the quality of education. This report from IIEP-UNESCO summarizes the findings of a corruption-risk assessment in Georgia’s higher education system and provides practical recommendations to foster greater integrity throughout the sector.
At the request of the Prime Minister of Georgia, the risk assessment focused on financing, management of academic staff, and admission and exams. The review team identified a series of risks associated with each of three domains analysed. These included risks related to research funding, hiring of staff and the definition of staff salaries and bonuses, admission to the universities, and private tutoring, among many others familiar to the university context. The report, ‘Corruption-risk assessment of the Georgian higher education sector’, includes recommendations for each of the areas, as well as general ones to improve the overall governance of the higher education sector.