Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia (TSU) was established in 1918. Most of the existing higher educational institutions were founding and afterwards separated from Tbilisi State University. The TSU successfully collaborates with Academy of Science of Georgia, the major part of real academy members are professors of the University or active members of joint scientific works. Over 35 thousand students are studying at the University and its 8 regional branches. The very important rearrangements at the University began on 25 April 1994, when the scientific council of the University adopted “The Concepts of University Education”, according to which since the year 1994 the University has entirely transferred to the two-stage form of study (the step-by-step rearrangements were launched in 1992) and moved forward to the integration in the European educational environment.
At the end of the I stage of the reform implemented, in the beginning of the year 2005, the bodies functioning at TSU were: 22 faculties with 184 chairs, 8 branches with 46 faculties, 3 scientific-research and study-scientific institutes, 81 scientific-research laboratories and centers, 161 study laboratories and rooms, clinical hospitals and diagnostic centers, publishing and editorial houses, the library with 3640693 items, 5 dormitories. 95 educational programs were used at the bachelor’s course, 194 – at master’s studies and 16 – at the single-step tuition.
Basic and applied research is successfully conducted at Tbilisi University. Many important projects have been drafted out, recommendations have been developed and concrete results have been obtained. Their implementation will doubtlessly contribute to the advance of Georgian science and scholarship and development of the national economy. Special attention is given to the study of natural resources of Georgia, searching for ways of environmental problems. Regional and national peculiarities, historic traditions and prospects are taken into account in the study of various problems.
The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Oceanological Research Centre (UNESCO) and GeoDNA (IOC/UNESCO) are strongly involved in the research and expertising environmental and ecological research, social sciences, tourism, education, raise of public awareness. In collaboration with the international organizations university staff members and postgraduate students are taking part in various programs and IP, such as: “Floating University”, MedarMedatlas, NATO sfp 791818 Project, the Science & Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) Project, EU funded projects – SEA-SEARCH, ASCABOS, Black Sea Scene, UP GRADE Black Sea Scene, SEADATANET I/II, SESAME, PERSEUS, EMODNET I/II, EMBLAS, Black Sea Tourism Net, etc.