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Kutaisi University construction begins

By Mariam Chanishvili
Tuesday, September 13
The construction of the university campus in Kutaisi in western Georgia, with modern infrastructure and the latest equipment in university laboratories, will soon be launched, Georgia’s Prime Minister has announced.

“It will be an educational and research center in the western part of Georgia,” PM Kvirikashvili added.

Kutaisi University City will be completely financed by the Cartu Foundation, which is a charity fund established and financed by the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

The Cartu Foundation is investing 1 billion Euros in the project.

Up to 60,000 students will be able to study at the university. The Campus will be laid out on 140 hectares and it will be provided with qualified staff, the Government of Georgia said.

“This will help the country’s fast economic development. The first intake of students is expected to receive an education at the University City in late 2019,” Kvirikashvili said.

Like the Technological Institute in Tbilisi, the design of the research center, construction, equipment and operation of the Kutaisi University City will also be funded by the Cartu Foundation.

The two institutions mentioned above are considered as being public institutions.

The area is situated between the old and the new Tbilisi-Kutaisi highway, on the Kutaisi-Baghdati road.

The University City’s project presentation was held on September 12.

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, attended the presentation. He delivered a speech, mentioning that this idea belongs to Bidzina Ivanishvili, and thanked the former Prime Minister for his financial support.

“The existence of the University will preserve the country's intellectual resources and will give the opportunity in order to develop more,” stated Kvirikashvili.

He said that he believes that this establishment will be the one growing the qualified professionals and scientists. He also noted that the implementation of this project will grow the employment perspective.

“Many locals will be employed during the construction process. When the University City starts functioning, appropriate personnel will be necessary,” said Kvirikashvili.

He talked about the facilities and the modern technology in the University.

“At Kutaisi University City there will be educational and scientific spaces, laboratories equipped with ultramodern technologies, conference halls, libraries, student campuses, accommodation for students and professors, a cinema, recreational clubs, cafes, sports halls and swimming pools,” said Kvirikashvili.