Sustainable Natural and Forest Resources Management (MBA) at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Organization Ilia State University

Leader: Lars Drossler

Teaching Language: Georgian, English

Country: Georgia




Our international and interdisciplinary Master Studies in Sustainable Natural and Forest Resources Management (MBA) focus on developing the student’s knowledge in the fields of natural and forest resources (land and soil, water resources, climate, vegetation, wildlife), their assessment, sustainable utilization, management and protection. They also involve developing the student’s communicational and social science knowledge and skills, with regards to fields such as policies and legislation, sustainable bioresource management, public relations and project management. At the end of the 1st semester the student chooses between two different directions of sustainable forest or nature management.

The scope of the studies covers disciplines related to managing our non-forest and forest land- and bioresources. It comprises subjects such as ‘Ecological Site and Soil Assessment’, ‘Ecosystem Biomass and Carbon Assessment and Planning’, ‘Managerial, Natural and Forest Resources Economics’ and ‘Project Management’ , ‘Wildlife and Habitat Biodiversity’, but also subjects such as ‘Forest Ecology and Protection’, ‘Forest Management and Operations’, ‘Bioenergy, Wood and Non-Wood Products and Goods’ or ‘Environmental Policy and Law’, ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ and ‘Nature Conservation and Protected Area Policies and Management’, as components of either direction. Courses such as ‘Spatial Analysis and GIS’, ‘Landscape Physiogeography’, ‘Rangeland Ecology, Assessment and Management’, ‘Sustainable Development and Use of Bioresources’, ‘Sustainable Recreational Use of Natural Resources’, ‘Communication, PR, Media and Visitor Management’, among others, are offered to students of both directions.

From the 2nd and 3rd semester onwards, students will be getting prepared to develop their Master thesis, either as a managerial report-like thesis or the classical scientific thesis; the latter facilitating the student’s continuation in sciences or academia.

Master of Business Administration graduates will be prepared to successfully work and contribute to ministries and governmental agencies related to natural resources and the environment, in local authorities, NGO, national and international organizations, as independent entrepreneurs and of course in the private businesses in the most diverse fields of environmental management.

 Applicants for MBA studies will have to prove B1 proficiency in English language, as these courses of study involve a high portion of subjects offered in English teaching and/or by foreign professors.

Qualifications: MBA (Master of Business Administration) Sustainable Forest Management, Nature Management