Agricultural University of Georgia
- 240 David Aghmashenebeli Alley, 0159, Tbilisi, Georgia
Agricultural University of Georgia (AUG) was founded in 1929 and represents the main university of agricultural profile in Georgia. In 2012 the Agricultural University of Georgia became part of the Agricultural Education and Science Fund, against multi-million USD privatisation fee and an investment commitment. After the take-over, investments went into infrastructure renovation, which included 57 fully equipped scientific-research and educational laboratories, lecture halls, seminar rooms, auditoriums, training facilities and other extensive facilities for higher education. Apart from the physical facilities, AUG had invited high-class professors and researchers from US and Europe to teach at AUG - new international staff had also worked on the creation of the new syllabi and curricula, in order for AUG to provide up-to-date education.
Apart from the typical amenities, AUG now prides itself in some of the best research and educational facilities in Georgia. Among others, for practical, market-oriented and employment-relevant training, such as Culinary Academy, Wine and Viticulture Academy, and Veterinary Clinic, all of which are functioning not only for educational purposes, but also as a stand-alone businesses, creating financial sustainability for the university.
The rating of AUG has been improving every year since the take-over – if in 2011, the university ranked only 38th in the ranking, based on the average score of incoming students, since 2017 AUG is consequetently ranked 2nd best in the ranking.
The quality of education is not only reflected in the university rankings, but also on the average employability rate of graduates which is now 93% at AUG after graduating. The number of applicants in AUG has almost doubled since 2011, showing just how demanded is the education provided at AUG.
Students are encouraged and supported in their entrepreneurial pursuits – they are not only taught textbook material, but are given knowledge and skills how to create presentable products that will be offered on the market and to the consumer. For example, viticulture students are not only trained how to produce wine, but also how to market it (concept, bottling, labelling, pricing). Culinary Academy students are taught and trained not only how to cook, but also how to present the dish, how to innovate and how to manage the kitchen. Veterinary students are not only taught and trained how to treat and heal animals, but also how to present the service and how to manage veterinary practice and a clinic. Business School students, with orientation on hospitality and agri-business, are required to complete a course “Business in Action”, where each student has to start up their own company and learn how to convert their idea into a marketable product.
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