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Roin Metreveli

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Roin Metreveli
BornDecember 7, 1939 (1939-12-07) (age 84)
Academic background
Alma materTbilisi State University
Academic work

Roin Metreveli (Georgian: როინ მეტრეველი; born 7 December 1939) is a Georgian academician and historian. He was the first elected rector of the Tbilisi State University, after Petre Melikishvili and Ivane Javakhishvili. Metreveli served as a secretary of the Central Committee of the Georgian Communist Party during the Soviet Union, from 1960 to 1972, and subsequently as its first secretary. From 1972, he was a major editor of the Georgian Encyclopedia.[1] He is the author of multiple scientific publications and books about Georgian history and Caucasiology. For several years, he was member of the Georgian Parliament. He was chairman of the board of rectors of all Georgian Universities.

In June 2023, Roin Metreveli was appointed as President of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.[2]

In his first days in office, Roin Metreveli promised a prank caller that he would award membership in the academy to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, an incident that received major attention on media and social media.[3]

Tbilisi State University


In 1991 Roin Metreveli was appointed as Rector of Tbilisi State University. In 1992 under his leadership, Tbilisi State University regained its status as an autonomous institution, which had been lost since 1926. Once the Tbilisi State University became autonomous, the Great Scientific Council was reinstated and this council had to choose a new executive. In April 1992 a new council elected Roin Metreveli as Rector of Tbilisi State University. He was the first elected rector after Petre Melikishvili and Ivane Javakhishvili. In 1997 Professor Roin Metreveli was elected for a second term as a rector.[4] Metreveli resigned in 2004, amidst a campaign to reduce corruption and bribery in the higher education sector.[5]


  1. ^ Tabula Journal (7 Dec 2019). ""The Work Started by Roin Metreveli Continues Successfully Today"". Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Main topics of the day in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, 5-9 June, 2023". Jam News. 9 June 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  3. ^ Shoshiashvili, Tata (12 June 2023). "Georgian Academy of Sciences head promises membership to PM in prank call". OC Media. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  4. ^ EurasiaNet (Nov 10, 2002). "Georgia: Clock Is Ticking As Higher Education Eaten Away By Corruption". Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  5. ^ Berglund, Christofer (3 September 2015). "How Georgia Stamped Out Corruption on Campus". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 11 June 2023.