University of Stirling

The University of Stirling (Scots: University o Stirlin, Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Shruighlea (abbreviated as Stir or Shruiglea, in post-nominals) is a public university in Stirling, Scotland, founded by Royal Charter in 1967. It is located in the Central Belt of Scotland, built within the walled Airthrey Castle estate. Since its foundation, it has expanded to four faculties, a Management School, and a number of institutes and centres covering a broad range of subjects in the academic areas of arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and health sciences and sport.

The University campus is approximately 360 acres (1.5 km2) in size, incorporating the Stirling University Innovation Park and the Dementia Centre. The campus, with its wildlife, loch and mixture of native and exotic flora are located in the foothills of the Ochil Hills and is often cited as among the most beautiful in the UK. In 2002, the University of Stirling and the landscape of the Airthrey Estate was designated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites as one of the UK’s top 20 heritage sites of the 20th century. The institution also occupies buildings in the city of Stirling. The University attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds, with more than 14,000 part-time and full-time students enrolled in the 2020/21 academic year.

Stirling has international degree programme partnerships in China with Hebei Normal University, Singapore with Singapore Institute of Management, and Oman. The University offers a MSc in Human Rights & Diplomacy, this is the only Human Rights and Diplomacy programme in the world taught in partnership with the leading training body of the United Nations: the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Iain MacRury has taught advertising for many years at several institutions in the UK. He is currently Professor of Media and Communications in the Division of Culture Media and Communications at the University of Stirling. Scotland. Many of our students on Film and Media, Journalism, PR, Media Management and Digital Media Communications courses study advertising and a variety of related forms of communication. Iain is currently teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in advertising including an extension module in Singapore. Iain is the author, co-author, and editor of several books, including The Dynamics of Advertising, and two editions of the Routledge The Advertising Handbook.

Iain has also worked as a consultant for several brands (including Brands including BMW, Motorola, Diners Club and HSBC) His interest has been in binding creative and insight-led research inputs to support creative communications. Iain is a trained organisational consultant has a current interest in the organisation and reorganisation of advertising processes in the context of digitalisation. This extends into explorations of branded content and the challenges associated with protecting and regulating media communications in a disrupted media sphere. Iain is currently co-editing The Handbook of Digital Advertising. for Routledge (2023)..

Other teaching, research and cultural interests include humour, sports, and psychoanalysis. He has written on stand-up comedy and recently co-authored two papers on the emotional outfall of Brexit. He has also co-authored a psychoanalytic study of Doctor Who.

He recently relocated to Scotland after several years living in London and the south of the UK.

The University of Georgia

University of Georgia (UG) is one of the largest and the highest-ranking private universities in Georgia. The UG is distinguished by the high quality educational processes, modern infrastructure, and its diverse community with cross-cultural awareness. Its multicultural environment shapes intelligent, educated individuals with human values capable to meet modern challenges. The UG cultivates liberal-human values and achieves its mission by developing centres of excellence and platforms that ensures the creation and implementation of academic programs tailored to the student and market needs. The UG is also developing its international cooperation in research, science, students’ and faculty mobility, technology transfer and others.

The School of Social Sciences is actively involved in the international collaborative projects and is a member of several global institutions and associations. Among them are European Public Relations Association (EUPRERA), European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and others.

In addition the UG develops the collaborative links with over 50 foreign educational institutions and various scientific-cultural institutions, implements international exchange programs for students and academic and administrative staff with U.S. and European higher educational institution and participates in the Erasmus + Program.

Leli Bibilashvili holds a PhD in Mass Communications. Currently, she works as an Associate Professor and the Head of Journalism and Mass Communications Department at The University of Georgia since 2014. Leli is a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). She has multiple years of experience both in academic and practical work. Leli has published a number of publications in communications and has successfully participated in various international and local conferences and workshops such as, 21st EUPRERA Annual Congress, 10th International History of Public Relations Conference, Teachers’ Conference of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), 5th World Journalism Education Congress, EJTA Teachers’ Conference on Crisis Reporting and EJTA Annual Conference. Leli has worked as IMC Consultant for several years in the ACT Global (Research and IMC Consulting Company), bank sector and non-governmental structural units.

Nisantasi University – Marketing Communication School

Nisantasi University is a public legal entity with the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Art and Design, Institute of Science and Social Sciences, and Nisantasi Vocational School.

The Marketing Communication School, operating within the body of the Nisantasi University, was founded by Prof. Dr. Gresi Sanje and is the umbrella brand of postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as certificate programs in the field of marketing communication and branding. The Marketing Communication School offers Advertising and Brand Communications Master’s programmes (MA) with Thesis and without thesis, online and face-to-face, the Marketing Communications Doctorate programme will be offered in 2022-2023, and Certificate programmes offered jointly with institutions specialised in their field are also under the School of Marketing and Communication brand.

Gresi Sanje

Master’s program director between 2016-2021. She served as a jury in many national and international competitions in the field of marketing communication and advertising such as Effie, Felis, MixxAwards, DPID, Gerety Awards, MMA Smarties, and participated as an instructor in workshops, keynote speaker, and panelist in several events. Sanje has published academic and popular articles and studies in several national and international books and journals. Since 2012, she has provided brand consultancy and professional education services to dozens of institutions under Gresi Sanje Consulting and Training. 

As of Fall 2021, she is the director of the Marketing Communication School, which consists of master’s and certificate programs established within Nisantasi University. Prof Dr. Sanje continues her professional studies along with her academic studies.