Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia reiterates that higher educational institutions are independent legal entities. According to the Paragraph 1 of the Article 2 of the Law of Georgia on Legal Entity of Public Law, they carry out educational and scientific activities independently and manage their own budget themselves. Hence, higher educational institutions set priority directions and respectively, are responsible for their funding.
Therefore, it is within the competence of the higher educational institutions to decide whether to open or close any scientific-research centers and/or institutes falling under their jurisdiction.
Proceeding from this, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia is not authorized to intervene in the activities of the scientific research institutions under higher educational institutions. According to the above mentioned law, this is the responsibility of higher educational institutions.