Akaki Tsereteli State University is one of the country’s oldest higher education institutions with a wide range of educational programs and research directions.

Akaki Tsereteli State University, also known as just Kutaisi University, is a university established in July 1930 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and now located in Kutaisi.

The university was established on the basis of Tbilisi State University. Tbilisi State University had been founded under guidance of Georgian historian Ivane Javakhishvili in 1918. In July 1930, when Georgia had already fallen under Soviet rule, the authorities abolished Tbilisi State University, creating four independent institutions in its place. State Pedagogical Institute was one of those universities.

On January 8, 1933 Tbilisi State University was re-established and State Pedagogical Institute moved to Kutaisi. Now named Kutaisi University and located in the center of the city, it started functioning from February 13, 1933. Up to 700 students moved to Kutaisi from Tbilisi to continue their studies at the university.

In 1990, the university was transformed into Akaki Tsereteli State University, being named after Georgian poet and national liberation movement figure Akaki Tsereteli. On February 23, 2006 the authorities merged the university with Kutaisi N. Muskhelishvili Polytechnic Institute which was founded on September 1, 1974 enhancing its faculty and curriculum on technical subjects.


Akaki Tsereteli State University
Tamar Mefe st. 59, Kutaisi, Georgia
Postal code 4600

(+995 431) 24 21 73 Telephone
(+995 431) 24 00 33 Telephone
(+995 431) 24 38 33 Fax