• Share this page

HE in Georgia

ug

Higher Education in Georgia

In the short period since Georgia joined the Bologna process in 2005, an impressive reform package for the higher education system was introduced.

The reform package consists of a series of legal regulations (Law of Georgia on Higher Education, adopted in December 2004), the establishment of new institutions - National Examination Centre, National Centre for Educational Quality Enhancement – accreditation agency, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and various other initiatives.

The three-cycle higher education system has been implemented in Georgia in 2005. Bachelor, master and doctoral programmes have already been introduced in all stately recognized HEIs, as well as ECTS and Diploma Supplement. All students below doctoral level are enrolled in the two-cycle degree system (except for certain specific disciplines such as medicine). Bachelor programmes cannot comprise less than 240 ECTS credits whereas Master programmes comprise 120 ECTS and Doctoral programmes 180 ECTS.

Georgian HEIs

The type of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Georgia has been determined by the Law on Higher Education (see below), whereas number of stately recognized HEIs is not stable and fluctuations reflect dynamic process of authorisation and accreditation.

There are three types of higher education institutions (HEIs):

  • research authorised to award all three academic degrees (Bachelor, Master and PhD)universities:
  • teaching universities: without a notable research function, implementing first and second cycles of higher education;
  • colleges: implementing higher professional and Bachelor programmes

HEIs can be publicly or privately founded and funded, but quality criteria are same for all institutions despite of their legal status.

Currently there are 75 stately recognized (authorised) HEIs in Georgia. The updated list could be found here:

HEIs

Public

Private

Total

University

12

20

32

Teaching University

7

21

28

College

1

14

15

Total

20

55

75

70% of HEIs are located in the capital city, Tbilisi. The total number of students in all HEIs is 167 247 (as at February 2015). The breakdown of students in the different higher education cycles is given below:

Bachelor

Medical education

Master

PhD

Total

sum

146 662

12 454

24 144

6 797

190 057

% of total

77.16 %

6.54 %

12.7 %

3.6 %

100 %

More information about Georgian higher education system:

Country fiche (2012)

Strategic development of higher education and science in Georgia (2013)