Kutaisi University City to be developed in cooperation with Technical University of Munich

Agenda.ge, 19 Jun 2017 - 15:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

Academic and research programs as well as the organisational structure and development plan for Georgia’s new university complex in Kutaisi will be developed in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Details of the cooperation were discussed as Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with TUM International managing director Daniel Gottschald in Tbilisi earlier this afternoon.

TUM specialists will also provide consultation for Georgian architects in the process of preparing the university infrastructure project.

A cooperation agreement between TUM International and Kutaisi University City was signed today.

Georgia announced its plan to create a regional education and research hub by building the largest, modern university complex in the Caucasus last year.

The plan was to build a typical university-type campus with several university buildings, accommodation, and other learning facilities all in one place - which would be the first of its kind in Georgia.

The new facility, called University City, was embarked to be built in the country’s third largest city, Kutaisi.

The University City will spread over 140 hectares of land in the outskirts of Kutaisi, in the middle of a forest surrounded by a lake. The facility will be able to cater to 60,000 students.

It will take several years to build the university complex before the first round of students are expected to receive an education at University City in late 2019.

The Kutaisi University City and another large education project, the Technological Institute, in the capital Tbilisi, will be completely financed by the Cartu Foundation, a charity fund established and financed by Georgian tycoon and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. The Cartu Foundation will invest €1 billion in both projects.