The first women’s educational institution in Tiflis

The first women’s educational institution in Tiflis was founded at the initiative of the Department of Institutions of Empress Maria (the charitable organisation of the Imperial Family) and opened on March 23, 1840. The institute was designed for 80 students, of which 60 (mostly children of officials) were supported by the state, and 20 were funded privately. However, in 1845, there were only 40 state-supported students in the institute. Soon, through the efforts of the new governor, Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, their number was increased to 60, and the number of fee-paying students also increased. By 1850, there were 28 boarders in the institute paying privately for their education.

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