Head of Department - Professor Emzar Makaradze
Phone: (+995) 77 179745
Domestic and foreign policies of modern Turkey; Middle East problems; Cultural tourism in Georgia; Travel and training of tour guides.
The Department of Oriental Studies was formed after the drastic changes to the history, archeology and ethnology department, where the priority is given to highly qualified personnel training. This is presumed the most important task of the new department. In parallel, the goal of the Department of Oriental Studies represents serving the national ideals and promotion of the civic awareness. Therefore, it holds an active stance in the social, educational development processes with the state-wise approach.
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University was founded in 1990 on the background of the Pedagogical Institute. In the opening speech. the then Minister of Education set the priority to launch an Oriental research center at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University in the future.
On May 29, 2015. the Academic Council of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University issued Resolution N55, which set up Department of Oriental Studies at the Faculty of Humanities. The department currently offers BA educational programs in Oriental and Turkish Studies and Turkish Philology.
On the first of September 2015, Professor Emzar Makaradze was appointed the first Head of the Department of Oriental Studies.
The educational programs and study courses are designed by the professors and educators associated with the department: Professor Emzar Makaradze, Associate Professors: Lile Tandilava Zaza Shashikadze, Manuchar Loria, Revaz Diasamidze, Assistant Professor Liana Chkonia, Dr. Vardo Chokharadze, lecturers: Dr. Alkazar Kashia, Tsiala Lagvilava, Nora Kakhidze and Zaur Shantadze.