On 2 September 2014 the 'German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies' (GRIAT) opened in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. GRIAT is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Republic of Tartastan in the framework of a project of the same name, aiming to establish study programmes in engineering at the Kazan State Technical Research University (KNRTU) according to German standards.
The TU Ilmenau as the head of this project profiles study programmes in engineering together with the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg to be implemented at the Kazan National Technical Research University (KNRTU). The KNTRU named 'Tupolev University' after the Russian aircraft constructor Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev is one of the most prestigious research universities of Russia and regarded as an elite university. At GRIAT, which is affiliated to KNTRU, the first four programmes exported by the universities of Ilmenau and Magdeburg start with the academic year 2014/15.
In the long run, the aim is to establish a 'German-Russian University' in Kazan – the world's first such teaching and research institution in a modern industrialised state.
Source: TU Ilmenau International School