The Georgian Education Ministry on Monday said no applications for a Russian-Georgian university in the capital city of Tbilisi had been received by its bodies, following media reports on plans for a launch of an educational institution with the profile.
The comment came after Russian online media Sova on Sunday cited Dimitri Lortkipanidze, the Director of the Moscow-funded Primakov Georgia-Russia Public Centre, as saying his organisation was looking for a “proper venue” for launching a university in Tbilisi.
In its comments, the body said “no official application” had been submitted to the National Centre for the Development of the Quality of Education, and added no educational institutions could operate in the country without the body’s authorisation.
It also alleged the reports were “disinformation” aimed at “misleading the public [and] discrediting the [domestic] educational system and the Government”.
Sova cited Lortkipanidze as saying the university would be “free” and “fully funded” by the Russian Government, adding it would be a “unique university completely staffed by the Russian side”. He also said a “clearer picture” around the project would be revealed by late September.