Kutaisi International University (KIU), Georgia

In Kutai­si, the third lar­gest city in Geor­gia, a young uni­ver­si­ty is gro­wing up with the aim of beco­ming a uni­que edu­ca­tio­nal and rese­arch cen­ter in Geor­gia. Kutai­si Inter­na­tio­nal Uni­ver­si­ty (KIU) is gui­ded by its role model, the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Munich (TUM).

TUM Inter­na­tio­nal has been advi­sing KIU for seve­ral years on behalf of the Geor­gi­an govern­ment — among other things, in the con­cep­ti­on of a busi­ness model, in the deve­lo­p­ment of the edu­ca­tio­nal pro­grams and on the way to inter­na­tio­nal accre­di­ta­ti­on. Like its role model TUM, the new uni­ver­si­ty is to have a very entre­pre­neu­ri­al and appli­ca­ti­on-ori­en­ted struc­tu­re.

Strong ties with local, natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies are important, as are acti­vi­ties to streng­then the “entre­pre­neu­ri­al spi­rit” among stu­dents. Here, TUM Inter­na­tio­nal sup­ports the estab­lish­ment of a sus­tain­ab­ly emer­ging and thus long-term gro­wing Inno­va­ti­on Eco­sys­tem with KIU as its core (e.g. as co-host of the suc­cessful KIUIn­no­va­te Busi­ness Forum in fall 2022).

The cam­pus also offers a modern resi­dence hall and a well-equip­ped tea­ching buil­ding to pro­vi­de an inspi­ring envi­ron­ment for stu­dents. It will be fur­ther deve­lo­ped and expan­ded over the next few months. KIU is con­stant­ly working to pro­vi­de a modern and broad-based edu­ca­ti­on in line with Wes­tern stan­dards of lea­ding insti­tu­ti­ons.

Despi­te exis­ting chal­lenges, the first two aca­de­mic years were suc­cessful­ly com­ple­ted. The three bachelor’s degree pro­grams offe­red in com­pu­ter sci­ence, mathe­ma­tics and manage­ment are to be expan­ded in 2023 to include two master’s pro­grams and a doc­to­ral pro­gram; addi­tio­nal degree pro­grams in the natu­ral and human sci­en­ces are to fol­low. KIU ’s gui­ding con­cept also includes inter­na­tio­na­liza­ti­on and lin­king local and inter­na­tio­nal talent. All stu­dy pro­grams are the­r­e­fo­re offe­red in Eng­lish.

On the occa­si­on of the offi­ci­al ope­ning cerem­o­ny of KIU on Octo­ber 21, 2020, here is a video mes­sa­ge from Hono­ra­ry Pre­si­dent Prof. Wolf­gang A. Herr­mann.