The role of science in addressing challenges in the field of sustainable development, and the link of academia to policy and practice need to be strengthened in Armenia and Georgia.Progress in this respect depends on innovating university practices, including by introducing transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

The CaucaSusT partners aim to address real-life challenges of sustainable tourism development in cooperation with the local population and other stakeholders. On a wider scale, the Academic Partnership will cooperate with the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region (SNC-mt) in order to facilitate coordination of academic activities and integration of research outcomes into public policy in the field of tourism development in the whole Caucasus region.

The overall project goal of the CaucaSusT is contribution to capacity building of the universities in transdisciplinary teaching, specifically by:

  • Introducing a number of new approaches:
    • Case study teaching format
    • Transdisciplinarity in teaching and interdepartmental cooperation
    • Experience exchange on diversity and equal opportunities in the university policies and practice.
  • Supporting young scholars
  • Facilitating university-practitioner cooperation in the field of sustainable tourism development
  • Contribution of tourism content to the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region