Ilia State University was founded in 2006 as a result of a merger of six different academic institutions
with long and varied histories. Today, it is one of the leading research and educational institutions
in Georgia. Representing a union of students and professors, ISU is a multifunctional educational and research institution offering a common space for academic and professional education and research with the joint efforts of its students, professors, teachers and researchers. It has wide international cooperation with the universities, research centers and networks all over the world
(http://iliauni.edu.ge/en/iliauni/history/internationalcooperation1). Iliauni participates in EU
programms including Erasmus+. The university accepts international students, professors and researchers.
One of the leading research institutes of Ilia State University is E. Kharadze Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory. It was established in 1932, conducting wide range of research in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space and atmospheric sciences, including monitoring of Near-Earth asteroids, solar and space physics, solar-terrestrial connections. Its researchers have wide international cooperation (including DLR, ISON network). They participated in FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects.
The National Contact Person for Space is Ms. Maya Todua.
She is a director of the E. Kharadze Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory and an associate professor of Ilia State University.