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German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT)

German-Russian cooperation in higher education in a new dimension

In September 2014 the German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) was opened in Kazan, the capital of the Russian autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Republic of Tatarstan in order to establish engineering master courses according to German education standards at the Kazan National Research Technical University (KNRTU-KAI). This university is  named after the well known aircraft designer A. N. Tupolev and represents one of the most renowned research universities in Russia. The Technische Universität Ilmenau as head of a consortium exports in close cooperation with Otto-von-Guericke-University and TU Kaiserslautern MSc-programs in engineering sciences to Kazan. The language of instruction is English; lecturers from the German partner universities read lessons once a semester in each course at KNRTU-KAI (flying faculty). The third semester is done completely in Germany. Within the fourth semester the students prepare their master thesis. After the successful defense of their master thesis students receive a double degree from the appropriate German university and KNRTU-KAI. 

Degree Courses

  1. Master of Science in Research in Computer and Systems Engineering
  2. Master of Science in Automotive Engineering
  3. Master of Science in Communications and Signal Processing
  4. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  5. Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Engineering Cybernetics
  6. Master of Science in Chemical and Energy Engineering 
  7. Master of Science in Embedded Computing Systems
  8. Master of Science in Advanced Quantum Physics
  9. Master of Science in Intelligent Data Processing


It is a long term strategy to transform the institute into a full-scale German-Russian University. Until 2020 ten more master degree courses and a graduation school are planned to be opened.