The German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies GRIAT is a cooperation between the Kazan National Technical Research University (KNRTU-KAI) and a German consortium consisting of TU Ilmenau, OVGU Magdeburg and TU Kaiserslautern. The project aims to establish engineering degree programmes according to German standards at KNRTU-KAI. To this end, the consortium partners are exporting English-language Master's degree programmes to Kazan.
Lecturers from the German universities fly to Kazan once per semester and course of study to teach block seminars (flying faculty).
The students complete the third semester in Germany; in the fourth semester they write their Master's theses.
At the end of the four-semester course, students receive a double degree, i.e. a Russian and a German Master's certificate, which together constitute a degree.
The university, named after the Russian aircraft designer A.N. Tupolev, is one of the most renowned research universities in Russia.Kazan is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan.