Tours with the British University in Georgia
My previous blog was about the impressions of the very first week at British University. This blog is dedicated to the joint project of Japanese and Georgian students and the trips organized by the University.
During the summer holidays, I found out about the project. To be honest, at first, I did not give a deep thought about it and the opportunities coming with it, therefore I easily agreed to participate. Within the project, Georgian and Japanese students collaboratively have to come up with a marketing plan and position Georgian wines at the Japanese market, specifically restaurants. It is noteworthy, that apart from the experience and knowledge that we all acquired during the project design process we also became close friends.
I sincerely think that being part of this project was one of the best decisions I have ever made because I am yet only eighteen and already have so many international friends. Since I and Japanese students have established a daily relationship, they are getting more and more aspired to visit Georgia. I must say that I was always interested in Japanese culture ever since I was a child. Japan – it is an ancient civilization that had been isolated from other parts of the world for many years. I think that my interest in Japan is partly caused by the fact that despite the western influence, Japan still firmly maintains the identity of its culture. The identity is mainly dependent on a Japanese responsible and hardworking character. I can’t resist not mentioning Japanese literature which was one of the impulses that pushed me to get informed about the culture deeply. My favorite Japanese author’s Haruki Murakami’s writing style and manner enlighten me about the mentality and values of Japan that makes me want to visit the country even more. Not only that, but I also even started learning the Japanese language at the university. The language itself is pretty hard, however entertaining tutorials help me study it easily.
My favorite part of the project implementation was its practical component. The university offered the project team a two-day trip to Kakheti where, by using different tools, we managed to collect some necessary information and materials. When pictures and videos were finally edited, we even shared them with our Japanese friends who were amazed by the vineyards and nature of Kakheti. Even though not every student from the British University is involved in the project, all of them were still welcome to join the trip to Kakheti. The trip brought us even closer to each other. The University staff members and students built a huge bond that made the trip even more memorable. Apart from sightseeing, our international friends had a chance to taste Kakhetian local cuisine and wine. I am always delighted to hear when people around the world get informed about our country and its culture. In this case, the responsibility is taken by our university which opens the door not only for Georgian but international students as well.
I still was not over with the Kakheti trip positive emotions when the university planned another tour right away. The second tour we took, was to the occupation museum of Kaspi where we had our politics lecture. There we got detailed information about tragic stories of the Soviet era in 1921. I think it is really important to know about your country’s history - how did our ancestors made it through those years that we can live now. There are true patriots behind the names on the walls of the museum who sacrificed their lives for us and our country’s independence. Freedom for me is the main foundation for a country, the place where your vote matters.
These types of activities and trips not only serve the mission to be cognitive but also to be relaxing and to bring joy to students. I am so glad that I chose the university that cares about students, their lives, and provides an opportunity to establish friendships.