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Gori University is a center for education and science in Shida Kartli in the Gori district of Georgia, it was established as a result of merging of two high education institutions: LEoPL-Gori State University and LEoPL-Tskhinvali State University (Government Resolution #176, August 22, 2007).
In August 1935, the university was opened as a two-year teaching institute, which in 1939 was reestablished as the Gori State Pedagogical Institute with four-year studies. The Institute was named after the Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili. In 1985, as a result of reorganization of the Gori N. Baratashvili State Pedagogical Institute, the Gori State Economic Institute, renamed in 1997 as Gori State Economic-Humanitarian Institute, was established. On 16 July 1999 the mentioned institution received university status.
The Tskhinvali State Pedagogic Institute was established in 1932 with one faculty: agro-biologic. In the following years, new faculties were added. Gradually it grew into an educational, scientific and cultural center. Since its foundation, the institute has had support from Georgian scientists.
After the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, 1991, Tskhinvali State Pedagogic Institute continued functioning in Gori city. Despite poor logistics the institute personnel kept the appropriate level of teaching process. On 16 June 2000 Tskhinvali State Pedagogical Institute received university status.
The above-mentioned institutions have over the years employed such distinguished scientists and public figures as George Akhvlediani, E. Metreveli, Arnold Chikobava, T. Uturgaidze, G. Zhordania, Zurab Sarjveladze, S. Gachechiladze, S. Khutsishvili, V. Topuria, Sergi Makalatia, G. Merkviladze, David Tevzadze, etc.
The main objective of the newly founded institution LEoPL-Gori University is to provide a quality education appropriate to modern requirements. The academic personnel consists of 106 professors, the university has 7 buildings, library and sports ground, computer labs and centers, etc.
From October 17, 2007 to 22 August 2008 according to the decision #583 of the President of Georgia the Acting Rector of LEoPL-Gori University is Professor Zaza Tsotniashvili. On August 22, Academic Council of the university elected Professor Zaza Tsotniashvili on the position of rector (president).
- Dutch journalist killed in Russian bombing of Gori. The Seattle Times. August 13, 2008