Kutaisi International University is ready to receive students
The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia visited Kutaisi International University (KIU), where he inspected the completed and under construction academic buildings, residential campus, library, conference hall, auditoriums equipped with smart boards, university terrace and cafeteria, administrative offices and recreational spaces.
The Prime Minister was hosted at Kutaisi International University by Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport, University Rector Aleksandre Tevzadze and Nikoloz Chkhetiani, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Charity Fund Cartu. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Ekaterine Tikaradze, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, State Representative in Imereti Zviad Shalamberidze, and Majoritarian Parliament Deputies Genadi Margvelashvili and Dimitri Mkheidze. According to the head of the government, education is the most important priority of the government and Kutaisi International University is an extremely large project, which was implemented with the investment of Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The first phase of construction of the university has already been completed and KIU is ready to receive the first wave of students from the fall of 2020 on undergraduate programs in mathematics, management and computer science. Enrollment in the university takes place on the basis of Unified National Examinations. Programs will be offered in English and lectures will be conducted by Georgian and foreign professors and lecturers. It should be noted that foreign students will also be able to study at university. More than 1,000 students have registered to apply to KIU in the 2020-2021 academic year. A student grant fund is available at the university, which will fund tuition and student housing fees, as well as student scholarships. The international university is located in Kutaisi, in a green environment that spans 153 hectares and includes ultra-modern academic buildings, libraries, cafeterias, well-equipped sports and road infrastructure, shared workspaces, student dormitories, as well as housing for academic and administrative personnel. First-wave students will find student dormitories that meet modern standards, studio-type rooms with autonomous heating and cooling systems, bathrooms, bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and study areas at the university. The rooms are equipped with modern appliances, furniture, all types of necessary inventory items, and an uninterrupted connection to the Internet.
Kutaisi International University actively cooperates with the world's leading universities and research centers, including the Technical University of Munich. The academic programs with which Kutaisi International University will start operating were created together with the mentioned university. It should be noted that Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann, the former president of the Technical University of Munich, holds the position of Honorary President of the university. The development and construction of the University City is taking place in stages. In the next stage, the Hadron Therapy Center will be founded within the university in cooperation with IBA, one of the world's leading providers in the fight against cancer. Modern research in the fields of medical and nuclear physics will be carried out there in addition to the treatment of oncological diseases. Two cyclotrons will be housed in the Hadron Therapy Center, which was funded by Cartu Fund with 40 million euros. One of them will be used for the treatment of tumors, while the other will be used for the purpose of conducting scientific research in the field of oncology.
The goal of the contract signed between Kutaisi International University and Cartu Fund is to establish the Hadron Therapy Center on the campus of Kutaisi International University. The center will receive its first patients in Georgia from 2024. The Proteus®ONE solution contract provides for an agreement on the provision of long-term operational and technical services worth up to 40 million euros, which is funded by Cartu Fund. Kutaisi International University is the largest educational project implemented in Georgia. The idea and concept behind the world-class megaproject belongs to Bidzina Ivanishvili and his family. The Ivanishvili family donated 1 billion euros to establish the university in Kutaisi. The university aims to create a center for research, innovation, and technology, to train highly qualified specialists, to develop hadron therapy in the region, and to facilitate the economic growth and development of the country.