7 Nov 2016 - 11:50
Georgia continues to embrace a new era of education by opening a modern university-type campus in Rustavi, a small town 25km southeast of capital Tbilisi.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the David Tvildiani Medical University Campus in Rustavi yesterday where four million GEL (about $1.64 million/€1.49 million*) was invested.
Kvirikashvili said education was the "number one priority of the Government" and he welcomed the extension of a reputable university with a track record of 27 years.
Georgia is gradually shaping into an international education hub of the region and beyond. A lot of countries are interested in the education system of Georgia. We have around 10,000 foreign students in the country and more than half of them are studying health and medicine. These individuals contribute almost 50 million GEL annually to the economy of Georgia,” said Kvirikashvili.
David Tvildiani Medical University Campus is located in Rustavi, a small town 25km southeast of capital Tbilisi. Photo by the PM's press office.
It means we are keenly interested in having cities - and in this particular case, Rustavi - find their niche function and one of such may be health and medicine, or education at large,” said Kvirikashvili.
The David Tvildiani Medical University will initially target foreign students while in the future both Georgian and foreign students will be able to study and live there.
As a graduate of Tbilisi State Medical Institute I can say with great pride that dozens of ethnic Georgians are working at leading health clinics of the world today. Most of them are alumni of Tvildiani University,” said Kvirikashvili.
There were also plans to open a new David Tvildiani Public Nursing College at the base of the University.
The University Campus can cater for 400 students and will have auditoriums, laboratories, library, living areas, gyms and sports fields.
*Currencies are equivalent with the latest National Bank of Georgia exchange rate.