Every year particularly talented young people go through a competition to receive the President’s stipend, a prestigious award proving their talent and efforts made towards education, scientific work, extracurricular activities, etc. Apart from prestige the stipend gives 150 GEL allowance per month for one year. This year a number of committed youngsters studying and working in different fields received the stipend. Irakli Kandashvili was one of the rare lucky ones whose work as a law student was recognized with this award.
Although still very young at 21, he already has a 13-page resume telling the story of his active life as student and scholar. Particularly interesting are his conference publications in the four languages he speaks fluently: English, Russian, French, German and Georgian. To take just a few examples: Scientific Article “Consideration of Civil Cases through Claim Proceedings” (in English), Lvov, Ukraine, International Conference’s reports’ journal; Article “Einfluss von Umvelt NGOs bei politischen Entscheidungsprozessen,” published in journal after German-Georgian Conference in Hamburg, etc.
“Exceptionally gifted” and “consistently excellent” – with these words Hans von Sachsen-Altenburg from the law firm “Andronikashvili, Sachsen-Altenburg, Murat & Partners” characterizes Irakli, their intern. They have chosen him out of three dozen applicants as they were very impressed by his achievements, fluency of foreign languages, and a very detailed understanding of international law. After knowing him for a year, Hans von Sachsen expressed his delight at having him in the firm. “I predict he will be a very successful lawyer. The country should be very proud of him,” he said.
Irakli Kandashvili kindly agreed to an interview with Georgia Today.
GT: Why did you participate in the competition for the presidential stipend?
Irakli Kandashvili: I think it is a matter of great prestige to be a presidential scholar. I wanted to test myself. This competition was a way to assess my own abilities. Besides, it is a great stimulus for achieving further goals. I am very glad to have won in the contest and I am grateful to the Georgian president who holds such competitions and gives young people a chance to reveal themselves and appreciate their achievements. I would also like to thank the youth department and judging commission members who named the winners.
GT: What does it mean for you to be a presidential scholar and what could it change in your life?
Irakli Kandashvili: First of all, it means joy. It turned out to be a wonderful New Year present. Now I more than ever believe that Georgian young people’s efforts are properly appreciated and valued. I hope this will be an unchangeable process.
GT: What is your next goal?
Irakli Kandashvili: Life is a very interesting and inscrutable phenomenon; you can never predict what will happen, or when. There is one thing I am definitely going to do: work harder and do more. I do hope the ultimate result will be adequate.
In the end Irakli Kandashvili took the opportunity to wish a happy New Year and merry Christmas to all Georgia Today readers and the whole of Georgia.
მოდერ სად ნახულობ ამ ძველ სტატიებს და კომპრომატებს?
ნეტავ ირაკლისნაირი სტუდენტი ბევრი იყოს ფაკულტეტზე. სხვა თუ არაფერი 5 ენაზე საუბრობს ადამიანი და საერთაშორისო კონფერენციებში წარმატებით მონაწილეობს.
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