Ilia State University [ISU]

About Ilia State University [ISU]

Ilia State University [ISU] Description

Ilia State University was founded in 2006 as a result of a merger of six different academic institutions with long and varied histories. Currently, it is one of the leading research and educational institutions in Georgia. Representing a union of students and professors, ISU is a multifunctional educational and research institution offering a common space for academic and professional education and research with the joint efforts of its students, professors, teachers and researchers.

The union is based on the three following principles:  

  • Academic Freedom
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • Freedom of Choice

These principles are closely interrelated and interdependent: Students, teachers, professors and researchers are free to choose areas of study and research, as well as colleagues and supervisors to work with. No one has the right to forbid them from conducting studies on a certain topic or publishing research findings for political or moral reasons. Students and professors are free to choose any form of transparent and responsible self-governance they believe is best for the advancement of their union– the university–and its goals and objectives.


  • 301 professors and 311 researchers
  • 18 Emeritus Professors
  • 16 046 Students
  • 1 Schools and 3 Faculties:
    • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    • Faculty of Natural Sciences and Medicine
    • Faculty Business, Technology and Education
    • School of Law
  • Around 50 Bachelor’s and around 50 Master’s programs.
  • Around 30 research institutes and centers.
  • Educational and research bases throughout different regions of Georgia.



Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and the Black Sea beaches. It’s famous for Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating to the 12th century, and the ancient wine-growing region Kakheti. The capital, Tbilisi, is known for the diverse architecture and mazelike, cobblestone streets of its old town.

Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR until the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. Russian troops remain garrisoned at four military bases and as peacekeepers in the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (but are scheduled to withdraw from two of the bases by July 2001).
Ethnic separation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, poor governance, and Russian military bases deny the government effective control over the entirety of the state's internationally recognized territory.
Despite a badly degraded transportation network - brought on by ethnic conflict, criminal activities, and fuel shortages - the country continues to move toward a market economy and greater integration with Western institutions.

Political system
Georgia is a unitary semi-presidential republic, with a government elected through a representative democracy. The political system remains in the process of transition, with frequent adjustments to the balance of power between the President and Parliament.

Business & Economy

National Bank of Georgia
Georgia's Central Bank.

Georgian Stock Exchange
Georgian Stock Exchange (GSE) is the only functioning organized securities market in Georgia.

Enterprise Georgia
Enterprise Georgia is promoting entrepreneurial culture in the country.


Georgian Airways
Georgian Airways is the privately owned flag carrier of Georgia, based in Tbilisi, its main base is Tbilisi International Airport.

Tbilisi International Airport
The main international airport in Georgia located northeast of the capital Tbilisi.

Environment & Nature

Caucasus Environmental NGO Network - CENN
CENN through its various projects acted as a voluntary effort to foster regional cooperation by means of improved communication among environmental organizations of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (and partly Russia and Turkey).

Greens Movement of Georgia/frinds of the Earth
GMG/FoE-G is an organization aiming to protect the environment, human and ethnocultural surroundings according to the principles of sustainable development.

Biological Farming Association - ELKANA
Elkana is a union of farmers aimed at the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the Georgian population and environmental protection.

Society for Nature Conservation - SABUKO
SABUKO is a Society for Nature Conservation and Birdlife Partner in Georgia.


History of Georgia
Wikipedia articles about the History of Georgia, from the Prehistoric period until Modern history.

History of the Abkhazia Conflict
Abkhazia Conflict
Background information about the Caucasus region conflict.

The Republic of Abkhazia
The separatist regions of Abkhazia.

Abkhazia History 
Various articles about Abkhazia's history.

Georgia VISA

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