Tallinn University of Technology is developing business cooperation with Georgia
The Vice-Rector of Innovation and Business Relations of Tallinn University of Technology Tea Varrak signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) in order to advance R&D and business cooperation between the two countries. The cooperation also includes finding investors for start-up programmes, implementing joint projects and developing a Georgia’s cultural space in TTU Mektory.
According to Tea Varrak the cooperation with Georgia has strategic importance for the university as well. „Georgia is an important destination for Estonia from where to recruit students. That is why I’m very pleased that 7% of all TTU’s foreign students are from Georgia. Also three Georgian employees are currently working in our university and we have cooperation contracts with five Georgian universities,“ said Varrak. „TTU Mektory is definitely the right partner for GITA since their role is to develop the start-up ecosystem and business cooperation in the whole Georgia as we are doing here in Mektory. We can share experiences and potentially implement joint projects together in the future,“ confirmed Varrak.
Georgian Ambassador in Estonia Tea Akhvlediani sayd that Georgia and Estonia enjoy strong and successful partnership in all fields of cooperation, where the further development and promotion of innovations, startup and R&D commercialization ecosystem, represent yet another important pillars of our bilateral relations. “Building the knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy is one of the priorities of the Government of Georgia,” told Akhvlediani. “The program of the visit encompassed a number of meetings with the representatives of the State as well as academic institutions of Georgia and local startup community, which were resulted in concrete decisions, proposals and ideas for future activities within the respective domains from the both sides.”GITA is in charge of developing the tech-parks and innovation centres in Georgia. They are also dealing with commercializing the intellectual property of Georgian universities and advancing the local start-up community. As a result of the memorandum of understanding both parties will try to adapt good examples into their work. For example GITA takes inspiration from the TTU Mektory’s School of Technology. „Colleagues from Georgia were also fascinated by the cooperation platform between companies and universities – Adapter, that we together with all the public universities opened in Estonia,“ told Varrak.
During the visit the delegation from TTU also met with the Georgian Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Ms Ketevan Bochorishvili, local start-up community and the rectors of three leading universities in Georgia. TTU Mektory will host GITA in December in order to discuss further concrete activities.