Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) recently got interested in the higher education of Georgia’s legislative authority members. According to documentation requested by the NGO, it turns out that out of 150 members of the parliament, 19 simultaneously possess two professions and 5 possess three.
The most represented field of higher education in the parliament is Law. 49 deputies possess a lawyer’s diploma, parliament’s chairman among them. 26 deputies are economists, 14 have medical education, 19 are engineers, 13 are naturalists and 6 are agronomists and food technology specialists.
As for liberal arts, Georgian parliament has 7 historians, 2 philosophers and 12 philologists (among them 6 are Georgian language and literature specialists, other three specialize in German language and literature, and three are English language specialists).
There also are 2 political scientists, 3 government administrators, 2 international relations specialists and one person with a degree in peace and safety procedures.
3 deputies possess degrees in journalism, three more have degrees in physical education and sports, one has military-political higher education, and another holds a diploma in firefighting and fire safety.
There are over 10 people with theatre and acting-related diplomas in the parliament as well.
Besides the aforementioned professions, Georgia’s parliament has representatives of other, more unusual professions. For example, 3 deputies hold an oriental studies degree, three are psychologists, one is a theologist and another is an architect.
Information provided to IDFI also revealed that Alexandre Tamazashvili, a member of the “Georgian Dream” party, enrolled in Tbilisi State University in 2002 and is currently registered as a student who has yet to complete his 2013-2014 semester.
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