Fisher College has a strong history of connecting with the community. Sometimes, that community is on a global level. Dr. Tamila (Mila) Nutsubidze is no stranger to the global community. Dr. Nutsubidze has taught around the globe, and now calls Fisher College her home through a grand from the Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program.
Fisher College has a strong history of connecting with the community. Sometimes, that community is on a global level. Dr. Tamila (Mila) Nutsubidze is no stranger to the global community. Dr. Nutsubidze has taught around the globe, and now calls Fisher College her home through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program.
The Fulbright Program is a competitive scholarship whose mission is to, "Improve intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy, and intercultural competence between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills."
Dr. Nutsubidze’s accomplishments are outstanding. Most of her life has been spent traveling around the world in pursuit of educational experience and growth. From her home country of Georgia to Europe, Dr. Nutsubidze has worked for multiple universities.
To get a better understanding of her path, you have to begin at her childhood. Mila grew up in the country of Georgia, which is located at the intersection between Europe and Asia.
Seeing her home evolve drastically in a short period of time motivated Dr. Nutsubidze. As the times changed, Mila wanted to help bring about that change and create a better future for Georgia. This would mean leaving her home in search of a stronger education.
“I’m an exchange professor, a Fulbright Scholar. Specifically a Fulbright Scholar in Residence.”
Dr. Nutsubidze’s quest for knowledge and community improvement eventually led her to the Fulbright Program.
“I just want to emphasize the meaning of this program… it was so important for me to become a Fulbright Scholar” says Mila, “I got so much knowledge and experience that I later implemented in Georgia”
Mila isn’t wrong about the knowledge she gained helping her home country of Georgia. During her initial Fulbright experience in 2014-15, Mila’s joint research with her sister Khatuna Katherine Nutsubidze at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research provided deeper insight, which her home government applied.
“My sister and I were consultants to Georgia’s Parliament, Healthcare and Social Issues and Finance and Budget Committees” Mila shared. She went on to describe how her research with Fulbright was utilized in Georgia’s government.
“The research was cited by the United Nations, World Bank… working on developing countries, doing similar research projects. Most importantly, the research findings influenced and contributed to the pension reform process in Georgia.”
Not only does the Fulbright Program offer opportunities to students, professors, and other professionals from all over the world, but continues to support them in their careers.
Dr. Nutsubidze is currently on her second Fulbright Scholarship and is spending it improving the community at Fisher College. She is integrating the knowledge she learned by helping with the internationalization of the Fisher business curriculum.
The curriculum Dr. Nutsubidze teaches goes across the globe, where business practices and etiquette vary from region to region. She stressed the importance of teaching students this during their college career. “Fisher College students need to get perspective on the global world of commerce”
As a result of her teaching, students are beginning to expand their views beyond Back Bay; preparing themselves for loftier goals in the realm of business. Mila was thrilled sharing the results.
“I noticed that my students were not familiar with developing countries, in particular regions… now they understand the economy of these very areas - how each country region is connected to the rest of the world. The global scale of everything.”
These students have already applied their knowledge gained from Dr. Nutsubidze, including at local internships and other nonprofit organizations. That is why Dr. Nutsubidze is passionate about the Fulbright Program. The benefits it provides are instant and relevant to the futures of all who participate.