Eastern European University Association
Batumi Navigation Teaching University
Year found: 1999
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Batumi

Batumi Navigation Teaching University



Year found: 1999
Legal form: State
Country: Georgia
Awards: Bachelor Degree
Specialist Degree
Master Degree
Doctoral Programmes
City: Batumi
Study language: Russian



BNTU holds educational activity license, issued by Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (secondaryprofessional education license#00052539, 23.03.2000, and preparatory professional educational license#00342637, 23.05.2000).

In 2003 BNTU got Quality Management System International Certificate ISO 9001:1994; in 2008 - ISO 9001:2000; at the moment the application for ISO 9001:2008 is being prepared at BNI.

BNTU holds the accreditation, under the #6 Protocol of the meeting (#11/s, 09.07. 2008) of Accreditation Council ofNational Centre of Education Accreditation.
“International Maritime Training Centre Mercury”, Ltd at present “International Maritime Training Centre” was founded on March 28, 2002.

The Foundation of The Maritime College Development and Aid was created in 2006.

The first enlistment of 14 students at the Higher Professional Education Program (1. - Maritime Navigation, 2. -Ship’s electric plants handling) was in September 2008.

BNTU Entrants’ Training Centre was founded in September 2008, 25 trainee study at the Centre.

A memorandum aimed at double programs realization with Latvian Transport Institute was signed in June, 2008.

Monitoring and Assessment Centre, aimed at the provision self-assessment and analysis functions and also of computer-based midterm and final exams was created in October, 2008.

A memorandum with “Georgian Technical University”, aiming at collaboration and double programs conduction was signed in October 2008, giving possibility to conduct the double program “Ship’s Electrician”.

BNTU participated in 13 International Maritime Conferences and Seminars in 10 countries. BNI was already hosted and organized 5 International Conferences.

At present BNTU is actively preparing to get students at Bachelor and Master Levels. The actingBachelor Level programs are being updated and new Master Level programs are being worked out.


Batumi (Georgian: ბათუმი, formerly known as Batum) is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, anautonomous republic in southwest Georgia. With a population of 180,000 (2008 census), Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone, rich in agricultural produce such as citrus fruit and tea. While industries of the city include shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing, most of its economy revolves around tourism. Since 2010, the face of the city has been transformed by the construction of new high-rise landmark buildings and the renovation of the Old Town.

Batumi is located on the site of the ancient Greek colony in Colchis called Bathus or Bathys – derived from the Greek phrasebathus limen or bathys limin meaning "deep harbour". Under Hadrian (r. 117–138 AD), it was converted into a fortified Roman port later deserted for the fortress of Petra founded in the times of Justinian I (r. 527–565). Garrisoned by the Roman-Byzantine forces, it was formally a possession of the kingdom of Lazica until being occupied briefly by the Arabs who did not hold it; in the 9th century it formed part of the Bagratid monarchy of Tao-Klarjeti and at the close of the 10th century of the unified kingdom of Georgia which succeeded it.

From 1010, it was governed by the eristavi (viceroy) of the king of Georgia. In the late 15th century, after the disintegration of the Georgian kingdom, Batumi passed to the princes (mtavari) of Guria, a western Georgian principality under the sovereignty of thekings of Imereti. A curious incident occurred in 1444 when the Burgundian flotilla, after a failed crusade against the Ottoman Empire, penetrated the Black Sea and engaged in piracy along its eastern coastline until the Burgundians under the knightGeoffroy de Thoisy were ambushed during their landing raid at the port of Vaty, as Europeans then knew Batumi. De Thoisy was taken captive and released through the mediation of the emperor John IV of Trebizond.

In the 15th century in the reign of the prince Kakhaber Gurieli, the Ottoman Turks conquered the town and its district but did not hold them. They returned to it in force a century later and inflicted a decisive defeat on the Georgian armies at Sokhoista. Batumi was recaptured by the Georgians several times, first in 1564 by prince Rostom Gurieli, who lost it soon afterwards, and again in 1609 by Mamia Gurieli. In 1723 Batumi again became part of the Ottoman Empire. With the Turkish conquest the Islamisation of the hitherto Christian region began, but was terminated and to a great degree reversed, after the area was re-annexed to Russian Imperial Georgia in the mid 19th century.

Batumi today is one of the main port cities of Georgia. It has the capacity for 80,000-tonne tankers to take materials such as oil which is shipped through Georgia from Central Asia. Additionally the city exports regional agricultural products. Since 1995 the freight conversion of the port has constantly risen, with an approximate 8 million tonnes in 2001. The annual revenue from the port is estimated at between $200 million and $300 million.

Since the change of power in Ajara, Batumi has attracted several international investors with real estate prices in the city trebling since 2001. Kazakh investors have reportedly invested $100 million to purchase more than 20 hotels in the Ajara region of Georgia. Several new new hotels opened after 2009, first the Sheraton in 2010 and the Radisson Blu in 2011. The Trump-tower and the Kempinski will open 2013.

Batumi was also host to the Russian 12th Military Base. Following the Rose Revolution, the central government pushed for the removal of these forces, and in 2005 an agreement with Moscow was reached. According to the agreement, the process of withdrawal was planned to be completed in the course of 2008, but the Batumi base was officially handed over to Georgia on November 13, 2007, ahead of planned schedule.

In July 2007, the seat of the Constitutional Court of Georgia was moved from Tbilisi to Batumi in an attempt to further facilitate the regional development.

The following specialities are available:


Sea navigation



Logistics manager in transport companies

Ship engineer

Organization and management of international transportation

Transportation logistics

Motor mechanic

Logistics operator 


When the student arrives to airport he/she will be met and transferred to university. At university student have orientation and welcome brief. After orientation student will be placed at university hostel. During all time of studying at university foreign students are supported by qualified team of International Department. All their needs will be satisfied with pleasure. There is very helpful consultancy for students who have educational difficulties.

All university hostels are secured and have time restrictions for guest to ensure safety and good condition of living.

The Ukrainian people are philosophical and peaceful. The most recent example being the Orange revolution, a completely peaceful demonstration by the people looking for political change. You will find that Ukrainians are very amicable and have good sense of humor. There is no racism at all. Strangers will be extremely friendly with you and be impressed that you made the effort to visit their country over their more visited neighbors.

International Maritime Training Centre "Mercury" was founded at Batumi Maritime College in June 2002. 

At the present time the Maritime Training Centre is one of organization development of Batumi Navigation Teaching University and realises training/retraining and certification of the marine specialists in accordance with requirements of the International Convention STCW 78 as amended, and other international conventions, national standards, legislation of Maritime Transport Agency. Training and assessment are conducted utilizing a wide-range of special simulators and educational PC-based technologies in accordance with the requirements of International conventions, national requirements and requests of ship-owing companies. The Centre is designed, built and equipped under the management and supervision of the world known manufacturers and service company "Transas Marine".

Centre is equipped by the following training simulators:

• NAVI-TRAINER Pro 3000 (Full Mission Simulator)

• NAVI-TRAINER Pro 5000 (Small Bridge)

• RADAR/ARPA Module Simulator

• Engine Room Simulator 5000

• GMDSS TGS 5000 Simulator

• Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator ( LCHS 4000/5000)

Training and certification of seafarers is executing in compliance with "mandatory" programs, required by the STCW 78 as amended, such as GMDSS, ARPA etc. and with "non – mandatory" programs (ISM Code, Risk assessment and incident investigation etc.) for the personnel of ships, shipping companies and shore-based units, and also specialized courses aimed to training personnel for definite types of ships, equipment or other courses at request of ship-owners, crewing companies and other organizations. Quality and high efficiency of the courses is ensured by experienced and qualified lecturers and instructors who have sufficient sea experience as Masters, Chief Engineers and GMDSS Operators. The training courses are designed on the basis of IMO model courses by the instructor staff of the Centre and adopted by Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia. Theoretical classes are arranged in separate classrooms equipped each other by the computers and overhead projectors. Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 Simulator manufactured by "Transas Marine" (UK) company is soft- and hardware simulator complex based on the use of PCs linked to a standard local network. Common technical and interface solution enable NT Pro 3000 to be integrated with other simulator systems in way most suitable for users: GMDSS, Ship Power Plant, Radar/Arpa and VTS Simulators. Tasks of the navigator simulator training and competency assessment implemented are the following: route planning; positioning and assessment of its accuracy; determining of the corrections of navigational aids; safe watchkeeping on the bridge; use of the radar and ARPA; maneuvering and handle the vessel; search and rescue operations; operating an remote control of SSP systems. Providing by the centre "Bridge Team and Resources Management" and "Ship Handling" courses cover bridge organization and watchkeeping procedures emergency and distress situations, VTS, mooring operations, GMDSS procedures, etc. The training courses "Engine Team and Resources Management" covers engine team watchkeeping organization procedures and engine resources management: in connection with the constantly growing complexity of modern SPP and tendency to reduce the number of crew members, a special attention is paid to the monitoring facilities, control systems and SPP automation. The Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator (LCHS 2000) is intended for training and practicing of tanker personnel in the handling of liquid cargoes in accordance with the requirements of STCW 78/95, MARPOL 73/78 and other International Regulations and Conventions. The training course "Liquid Cargo Handling Operations" serves for studying the tanker systems within the framework of Standard IMO courses: IMO 2.06 "Cargo and Ballast Handling Simulator" and IMO 1.01, 1.02, 1.04 also offered by the training centre. For the training and updating training of GMDSS operators is used the version of GMDSS Simulator TGS 4100 was installed in the centre. At the present moment all programs acting in the Training Centre are in the process of revising by the instructor staff according to the new requirements of STCW Manila amendments 2010. Certification Association Russian Register has recognized the Quality Management System of the Centre as being in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 with regard to training, retraining and certification of seafarers.

Tuition fee 2013/2014:

In English Medium:


Sea navigation - USD 3000 (4 years, Bachelor course)

Sailor - USD 1000 (1 year, Diploma course)

Nurse - USD 1000 (1 year, Diploma course)

Logistics manager in transport companies - USD 1000 (1 year, Diploma course)


In Georgian:

(Available after 1 year Preparatory language course - USD 600 per year)

Ship engineer - USD 3000 (4 years, Bachelor course)

Organization and management of international transportation - USD 3000 (4 years, Bachelor course)

Transportation logistics - USD 3000 (2 years, Master course)

Motor mechanic - USD 1000 (1 year, Diploma course)

Logistics operator - USD 1000 (1 year, Diploma course)