TNE impact case study: The German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT)

German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT)
Collaboration type:
Double/Joint Degree
SDG Goals:
(4) Quality Education, (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Germany, Russia
Heiner Dintera

Background and overview of the case study

The German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) is the largest binational science and education project between Germany and Russia - a new form of higher education that fully implements German educational standards at a Russian university. Since 2014, about 200 master's students and doctoral students with double degrees have been educated in 9 GRIAT programs, and more than 50 German professors have taught in Kazan. Research and development laboratories have been established at GRIAT among others by SIEMENS and KUKA. A GRIAT German Center was established to teach German language and to organize cultural events such as film festivals, language bars and cultural or didactic workshops. The GRIAT summer school invites students from Germany and other countries to Kazan. The three-week program consists of scientific lectures, laboratory exercises, company visits, tourist excursions and a taster course in Russian.

GRIAT is a bi-national faculty that produces highly qualified engineers. Through study visits to Germany, joint master's and doctoral theses, flying faculty, the demand for excellently trained and internationally minded specialists is met at local and international companies in Tatarstan. GRIAT means international scientific cooperation, educational cooperation and cultural exchange. It connects people of two nations and thus fulfills a bridging function between Germany and Russia and also contributes to the internationalization of all participating universities. The scientific reputation of the institute is visible in a growing number of cooperative publications in renowned journals. Especially the research aspect distinguishes GRIAT from other TNB projects. Joint scientific projects, e.g. double doctorates, are pushed in close coordination with German and Russian industrial companies.

Impact and value

Since the graduates with their international experience are sought-after employees, more and more companies are interested in the GRIAT and support the project with laboratory equipment, scholarships and internships. On the German side, SIEMENS is particularly involved, and on the Russian side the vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ, the telecommunications company SETOVAYA KOMPANY and the regional energy supplier TatAisEnergo. It is pleasing that in the past years Russian enterprises participate increasingly in the project and participate this financially, in particular with scholarships.

The Thuringia-Tatarstan Economic Forum operates a German-Russian Engineering Center for Mechanical Engineering at GRIAT, which serves as a point of contact for medium-sized companies in Thuringia and for startups from Tatarstan. The center is financially supported by the Thuringian State Development Corporation (LEG), which is also a long-standing partner of the GRIAT project. GRIAT is an integral part of the roadmap of the Thuringia-Tatarstan Economic Forum, under the auspices of the ministries of economics of both countries. GRIAT has established itself as a "lighthouse project" of German-Russian scientific cooperation, it is one of the winners of the 2020 competition "Bridges for German-Russian Academic and Scientific Cooperation" under the patronage of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Germany. 

GRIAT is always present at DAAD events - especially in the context of Transnational Education - often with lectures and presentations. Regional media in Tatarstan and Thuringia regularly report on the development of the project. Master students and doctoral candidates participate in international conferences and present their research results there. 

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