HistoryThe history of the “University of Georgia” starts from 2002, when at the end of the year, two professors from Tbilisi State University and Georgian Technical University, Mrs. Giuli Alasania and Mrs. Manana Sanadze, decided to set up a Centre for American Studies that would offer the MA degree.
On July 21, 2004, the “School of Social Sciences.” Ltd. was established based on the Centre, which has enrolled the first 36 students on master’s programs for American and European Studies. The same year, 2004, the partners decided to establish a higher educational institution, the “University”, on the base of the “School of Social Sciences”. The institution was named as “Georgian University of Social Sciences”. The founders of the University developed the University Statute, the structure, and its supreme governance body - the “Board of Trustees”.
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on March 24, 2005. Dr. Giuli Alasania was elected as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Dr. Manana Sanadze was elected as the Rector of the University.
In 2005 – 2007, the University grew considerably. The University has purchased and refurbished a number of educational buildings, sport halls and stadiums. Bachelor's level programs have been added on Master's programs. The University enrolled its first undergraduate program students (117 students) in September, 2005. In the fall 2006, the university started its first PhD programs.
Later on, University of Georgia established international contacts and international programs with well-known and world leading universities such as: “University of Scranton”, “Central University of Florida”, “Lakeland Collage” (USA), “University of Lille” (France), “University of Munster” (Germany) and “University of La Sapienza” (Italy).).
In 2010, the University of Georgia was opened in Batumi. The same year, for the first time in Post Soviet union space, “OPIC” (“Foreign Private Investment Corporation of United States”) Implemented 8-million investment for development of University's infrastructure and used for conformity with western standards. Exactly by OPIC's investment there was implemented repair works of newly purchased building. Design of New building will be corresponding of modern standards, which means fully equipped auditory, computer rooms, laboratories, media centers, simulation rooms and other comfortable conditions, which are characteristics of modern universities.
From 2012, the “University of Georgia” has enrolled the international students as well. Currently, there is approximately 3,400 students study here.