Kutaisi International University Hosted Industry Advisory Council Meeting



On October 18, KIU hosted second meeting of the KIU Industry Advisory Council. The meeting was held online, and participants were greeted by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Dr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cartu Foundation Mr. Nikoloz Chkhetiani.

Honorary President of KIU Professor Wolfgang Herrmann, Rector Alexander Tevzadze, Chancellor Magda Magradze delivered opening remarks and presentations. The meeting was attended by Project Director of Cartu Foundation Vakhtang Tsagareli, members of TUM International management team Friederike Hettinger, Eva Knirsch, Kathrin Richter and KIU Industry Advisory Council members, business leaders from Georgia and abroad.

KIU Advisory Council members include representatives from international companies and chambers of commerce, such as Siemens, Hilti Group, Deloitte DCE, PEPDesign, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS Germany), German Business Association (DWV), Business Leaders Federation “Women for Tomorrow”, Business Association of Georgia, American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.

KIU aims to become an entrepreneurial university on the model of its strategic partner world leading entrepreneurial university - Technical University of Munich (TUM).

TUM and TUM International support KIU in the implementation of industry engagement strategy and in securing KIU students’ internships and employment opportunities. The goal of the endeavour is to support private sector development and economic growth in Georgia. One of the important missions of KIU is to build human capital for Georgia and deliver academic programs that will result in raising international competitive graduates with skills demanded by the labour market. To meet this goal, KIU has launched KIUInnovate – an innovations ecosystem platform within which KIU implements various projects and activities.

During the council meeting, potential private sector partnerships were discussed, which is key for securing internship and future employment for KIU students and graduates. KIU’s strategic development plan focuses on private sector engagement and strengthening links between industry and education.