We bring to your attention the interview of a journalist from Radio Val202 with Georgian Ketevan Neparidze – a graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the University of Nova Gorica and a Master’s degree student of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana.
Ketevan Neparidze hails from the city of Gori in Georgia. She came to Slovenia four years ago when she began to study environmental sciences.
According to her, she ended up in Slovenia quite accidentally, since she initially sent documents to Estonia and the Czech Republic. However, in the end, she received an invitation from the University of Nova Gorica, and now, by the will of fate, Ketevan is connected with the country located on the sunny side of the Alps.
“I have never known that somewhere in Slovenia, near the border with Italy, there is the University of Nova Gorica. Therefore, I am pleased to say that Slovenia chose me, not I chose Slovenia,” Ketevan says. Besides her native Georgian, Ketevan is fluent in English and successfully learns Slovenian. “I constantly try to improve my speaking and writing skills,” Ketevan stresses.
Initially, she moved to Slovenia just for one year but then decided to stay and study.
“Upon completion of my internship in Germany, I was looking for employment opportunities or continuation of my studies,” Ketevan recalls. She was offered a Slovenian government scholarship in the framework of the international cooperation programme. Now she is a student of the international full-time Master’s degree programme in Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. She notes that her studies are laborious and practical. She conducts analyses for various companies and spends most of her time at the faculty. “In Slovenia, while studying, students perform a large amount of practical work and are highly motivated for employment,” Ketevan says.
During one year, Ketevan studied at the Faculty of Agriculture in Georgia, and then went abroad. In her opinion, it is easy to implement projects in Georgia, as people there are responsive, they help and do not envy each other. However, even though the state offers favourable conditions for progress, they are currently much more successfully used by foreigners.
“The main problem is still the economy. We do not have large companies, such as Gorenje in Slovenia. We have only small enterprises and branches of foreign companies,” Ketevan notes. She says that Slovenia has beautiful nature and hospitable people but she still plans to return to her homeland to help the country develop the economy.
“This is the reason why I am here. I want to launch my business. I already have some ideas, and I try to develop them. In Slovenia, I have a great opportunity to meet people who can help me later. And the knowledge gained is probably the best experience for me,” Ketevan concludes.