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Ilia Cavcavadze State University
Tbilisi, Georgia


University description (as per official university website)

Ilia State University (ISU) was established in 2006 on the basis of Ilia Chavchavadze State University of Language and Culture and Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani State Pedagogical University. Later, Sprots Academy, D. Guramishvili Pedagogical College, Jakob Gogebashvili Pedagogical Research Instittute, Evgeniy Kharadze Abastumani National Astrophysics Observatory, Seismic Monitoring Center and the Institute of Zoology were integrated with ISU.

A permanent move towards change and an increasing need for innovative programming in a variety of fields fueled the merge of several academic institutions, creating a unique combination of progressive, academic and reputable programs at Ilia State University. Distinguished by the breadth and quality of its academic programs, ISU attracts faculty and researchers who, in their scholarly and teaching practice, employ the principles of creativity and scholarly excellence. During its short existence, the university has managed to recruit some of the best academics and researchers throughout Georgia. Its unique institutional capacity is reflected first in the quality of academic staff and research conducted in the areas relative to Georgia’s geopolitical standing, and second on its distinctive ability to initiate an open, unbiased public policy dialogue.

Ilia State University's mission is based on the rationale that knowledge economy can only be developed at a strong research university nurturing well-educated group of individuals, who possess critical, analytical and creative skills. Thus, the contribution of a research university in the state's development and growth primarily relies on creation of opportunities for knowledge economy, as opposed to developing the specific fields of economy.
The main obstacle to creation and development of knowledge economy in Georgia is the absence of research on Georgia. Georgia's potential has largely been neglected by the scholarly literature that has emerged and expanded at the turn of the century. This equally applies to modern earth sciences, ecology and biodiversity, but also to the fields of humanities and social sciences, only beginning to make its first steps in Georgia.

Ilia State University supports and develops research on fundamental problems of sciences. Achieving and maintaining competitiveness in fundamental sciences is extremely important for successful university teaching, as well as for preparing the solid basis for young scientists. Based on the research conducted within the scopes of fundamental sciences, Ilia State University directs the study of Georgia in all related directions. This way, the University emerges as an initiator of international studies and is an active participant of international programs in this domain. All that places research conducted in Georgia in an international scientific context and helps Ilia State University maintain the internationally acknowledged level in the field of fundamental sciences.
In its activities, Ilia State University follows the model of a research triangle. This justifies the existence of three interdisciplinary directions at the University:
1. Georgian studies;
2. Research of fundamental problems of sciences;
3. Participation in international research.
Development stemming from this mission is the only way to enable Ilia State University to become a full-scale member of a world-wide educational and research community.

Facts and Figures

Ilia State University employs 200 professors and 110 researchers
There are about 8000 students enrolled in different programs

The University administers 6 academic departments
It unites research institutes and centers, equipped in accordance with modern standards. Among them are:
- Evgeny Kharadze Abastumani National Astrophysical Observatory
- Tbilisi Centre of Seismic Monitoring
- Khazbegi Institute of Highland Ecology
- Grigoleti Center for Marine Studies
- Research Center in Dedoplistskharo is now being built

Ilia State University has the best annual research rate in Georgia
It manages more than 30 ongoing research projects
The University has the highest annual salary rate among higher education institutions in Georgia
Fourteen percent of an annual budget is allocated for research
Ilia State University is the first University in Georgia to use international peer reviewing in its publications
Students of the University are taught with internationally renowned textbooks which are translated into Georgian.

Ilia State University is a member of the following networks and organizations:
European Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology - COST
European Universities Association - EUA
European Network of Occupational Therapy (ENOTHE)
Francophone Universities Agency - AUF
International Association of Universities - IAU
Black Sea Universities Network - BSUN
Association “Rondine Cittadella della Pace”
Association “Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch” - ÖSD
Ilia State University strives to develop and maintain partnerships with the higher education institutions and research centers worldwide. Following universities and research institutes are among the official partners in various fields of cooperation- science, technology, education and research:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Center for Slavic and East European Studies at Ohio State University, Ohio, USA
College of Agricultural Sciences of Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA
College of Suleiman Demirel, Turkey
Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Institute of Earth Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Taipei, Republic of China
Kansas State University, USA
Liberty University, Virginia, USA
Siena University, Italy
Södertörn University, Sweden
The Science and Technology Center in Ukraine, Ukraine
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
University of Cyprus, Cyprus
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
University of Innsbruck, Austria
University of Limerick, Ireland
University of Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, France
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
Vilnius College of Higher Education, Lithuania

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