The history of Akaki Tsereteli State University started eight decades ago and now, it is a higher educational institution in Georgia distinguished with its excellent traditions, which have found a decent place in the cultural-intellectual and moral upbringing of generations. The University has gained universal recognition as a result of staff training, high quality scientific potential and wide-ranging links with scientific institutes of advanced countries.
Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University, in fact, was founded in the entrails of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In July 1930, the authorities abolished Tbilisi State University and created four independent higher education institutions at its base. One of them was the State Pedagogical Institute, which, from then on, until 1933, was functioning in Tbilisi. In 1933, the institute continued functioning in Kutaisi from February 13 of the same year. In 1933-1990 the institution was in the position of Alexander Tsulukidze State Pedagogical Institute.
In 1990, the higher education institution was transformed into Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University, which was a logical culmination of the great work that the institute successfully had for almost six decades of its existence.
According to the Decree #39 of the Government of Georgia of February 23, 2006, reorganization was carried out of the legal entities of public law - Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University and Kutaisi N. Muskhelishvili State Technical University through their unification. The educational institution was named as a university and was called Akaki Tsereteli State University.
Kutaisi N. Muskhelishvili Polytechnic Institute was granted the official status on 23 September, 1973 and was ceremonially opened on September 1, 1974. In 1977, the institution was named after the academician Niko Muskhelishvili. On September 21, 1992 Kutaisi N. Muskhelishvili Polytechnic Institute was granted university status and was called Kutaisi Niko Muskhelishvili State Technical University.
By the resolution #353 of the Government of Georgia of 16 November, 2010, the legal entity of public law -Sokhumi State University of Subtropical Agriculture joined Akaki Tsereteli State University.
In 1952, at the historic, geographical and economic center of western Georgia - Kutaisi, an agricultural institution was opened on the grounds of subtropical agriculture service. In 1959, it was transferred to the typical subtropical zone (Abkhazia, Sokhumi) and was named the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture of Georgia.
In the 90s of the twentieth century, due to events in Abkhazia, the institution became a refugee in Kutaisi. With the guidance of Prof. F. Pruidze, the educational process was restored at the institute thanks to the leadership of the city, Akaki Tsereteli State University and the city facilities.
Akaki Tsereteli State University is a multilevel higher education institution that performs academic and professional programs and is engaged in active research activities.The University, based on the traditions of the Pazisi and Gelati Academies, the principles of "Great Charter of Universities"and the national and European standards for higher education, strives to provide high quality education and research activities, to promote students' personal development, to train professionals and leaders. The University is aware of its responsibility toward the society and is aimed at contributing to the development of the city, region and country as a whole. For this purpose, it provides the provision of life-long continuing education programs and services, generation and distribution of new knowledge and together with various stakeholders is involved in the formation of public policy.
The vision of the university is to be one of the leading universities in the country and have an increasingly international reputation, to be able to attract and maintain motivated and result-oriented local and foreign students. The university should provide continuous and dynamic development of educational programs and relevant human resources for real needs and offer a wide range of student services and supportive environment for full-fledged student life and personal development. The university should be more and more strengthened in research activities, it should provide open academic space for civil society engagement and be more actively involved in the socio-economic development of the region and country.
The following principles are set out to provide the basis for the management and decisions made based on our values in order to make sure what we expect from ourselves and what we are creating for the society:
1. Responsibility to the public and the state – the high quality management system at all levels of management and quality culture in the activities of each member of ATSU and in all the processes taking place at the university.
2. Orientation on the universitative society, socius - ATSU strategy is based on attracting highly motivated students and involving distinguished researchers in each program and all areas of activity. ATSU cares about the condition and well-being of its staff, supports the distribution of liability and accountability to increase the level of involvement of its employees in achieving and implementing the university goals.
3. Quality orientation -high quality assurance in learning / teaching, fundamental and applied research as well as the university administrative activities.
4. Academic freedom - ATSU academic personnel, researchers and students are completely free to form and develop their own scientific-academic profile, create new knowledge, search for opportunities for its open discussion and dissemination in society. Academic freedom guarantees the rise from a "modern university to free thinking".
5. Openness and respect for diversity – to support equal conditions for self-realization for all members of the university (regardless of nationality, religious belief, sex, physical capabilities, etc.)
6. Academic culture - the collegial environment at the university is based on the principles of academic ethics, mutual respect, bilateral interest, support and fair relationships.
7. Teamwork - open communication between employees, collegiality, teamwork, harmonious and dynamic relationships.
8. Aspiration to perfection - research creates the basis for various activities at ATSU, including the development of programs and dissemination of knowledge to the public (formal and non-formal education, distance and e-learning, continuous education, etc.). With the respect of traditions and aspiration to its own perfection, the university promotes dynamic development of the society.