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Welcome and introductory words

19th CEEMAN Annual Conference
Georgia - Tbilisi | 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, 

We are happy to have you here with us. I am happy because we have been trying for years to get Tbilisi on CEEMAN’s agenda. I am also happy because it is my birthday today. 

I am thankful to Danica Purg and I would also like to thank Dimitri Gvindadze, the Georgian minister of finance, for being with us today. He is going to talk about the past, present and future of this country. 

As the host of this event, I am very pleased to open this CEEMAN conference on the challenges of management education in a changing world. Our institution is the first Caucasian member of the CEEMAN family. We would like to contribute to the building of links between schools in Europe and worldwide. 

As the president of Caucasus University - which is one of the leading educational institutions in the region - I would like to say a couple of words about us. The university was founded in 1998 with an USAID grant as the Caucasus School of Business. It became a fully-fledged university in 2004. As of today, we have more than 4,000 students in seven schools. We have partners that participate with us in double-degree programs in 64 countries throughout the world. 

I would like to thank you all for coming, especially our neighbors - Armenians, Azeris, Turks, Russians, and Iranians. Once Danica told me that unless we got the Russians on our side, Georgia could never be a host to a CEEMAN conference. Therefore, I extend my special gratitude to the Russian delegates at this conference. All of our neighbors will enjoy our hospitality and we will make them all feel at home. We would also like them to feel part of our success because it is also their success. 

I hope that the implications of this conference will reach far beyond the academic and professional business domain in which it is set. I hope that it is going to be an element of our integration to the European Union and of the bright future of this beautiful country. 

Last but not least, I want to thank my team for making this happen. Thank you, Danica, once again because we owe this honor to you.
19th CEEMAN Annual Conference: Management Education in a Changing World: Are We Ready for the Challenge?
September 2011
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Kakha Shengelia, Welcome and introductory words,
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