The first Eastern Partnership European School has opened its doors in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is one of the Eastern Partnership’s 20 deliverables for 2020.

The school’s aim is to provide students from the EU’s Eastern partner countries with an innovative academic programme while fostering multicultural exchanges and cooperation

Thirty students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are enrolled. The start of the academic year was marked with the official inauguration of the European School by EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Georgia’s Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze.

“I’m very proud to be in Tbilisi today to open the first Eastern Partnership European School,” said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. “It is a project close to my heart and marks a new milestone in the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partners. Offering high quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, of their countries, and of our strong and enduring partnership. The school’s opening is also proof of our determination to implement the 20 deliverables for 2020, which are at the heart of the Eastern Partnership and will bring tangible benefits to citizens.”

The diploma programme offered at the Eastern Partnership European School combines academic excellence with specialised teaching inspired by the European school system. Students aged 16 and 17 will attend classes in a multilingual and multicultural environment to extend and deepen their knowledge about Europe and the European Union.

The students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma on European Studies.