The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia responded to information being spread regarding the possible opening of a Russian-Georgian university.
They claim no application was submitted to the National Center for the Development of the Quality of Georgia with a request to open a Russian-Georgian university.
“Based on the high public interest, we declare that the information that a Russian-Georgian higher educational institution is being opened in Georgia with Russian funding is not true.
“No application was submitted to the National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia with the request to open a Russian-Georgian school.
“No educational institution has the right to carry out educational activities in Georgia without authorization by the National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement. In order to obtain the status of an educational institution, the institution must undergo authorization, the purpose of which is to ensure the fulfillment of the necessary standards for the implementation of relevant activities in order to issue a document confirming education recognized by the state. Authorization is mandatory for both public and private entities.
“We declare with full responsibility that there is no ongoing procedure in the educational system of Georgia regarding the opening of such a school. The information spread in this regard is disinformation, which serves to mislead the public, to deliberately discredit the education system and the government,” the statement reads.
Dimitri Lortkipanidze, director of the Primakov Georgian-Russian Foundation, announced the creation of a Georgian-Russian university and a direct flight to St. Petersburg.
Lortkipanidze spoke about this on July 19 on Sezoni TV.
According to him, the meeting with Russian representatives in St. Petersburg on July 3-7 “turned out to be very fruitful in a number of directions” and soon, among them, they will be able to start discussions on the creation of a Georgian-Russian university.
“Very soon we will have the opportunity to start discussing the creation of a Georgian-Russian university. I don’t want to get ahead of the events, there are issues to be discussed in the direction of September-October,” said Lortkipanidze.
According to him, as a result of the negotiations, direct air traffic between Tbilisi and St. Petersburg will soon be restored and flights will be operated by Georgian Airways.
“Among them, direct air traffic between Tbilisi and St. Petersburg will be restored very soon. We were able to connect Georgian Airways with the St. Petersburg government,” – he said.