The Institute of Comparative Literature pursues the goal of strengthening literary research and general intellectual and cultural interest in Georgia. In addition, it seeks to intensify literary, cultural and analytical approaches towards reality, adopt international theoretical achievements (approach and methodology) and implement them in Georgian literary criticism; as well as broaden research on Georgian literary and cultural heritage, promote in-depth interdisciplinary research, and internationalize Georgian literary criticism and research. The Institute supports the establishment of a modern, locally and internationally acknowledged scientific environment for investigation of literature and culture.
Currently, comparative literature is one of the most popular disciplines of literary criticism. With the help of comparative analysis, which is the basic principle of the field, students develop a diverse understanding of literary and cultural studies and have an opportunity to work on research and the popularization of the literary and cultural heritage of the world. The use of this comparative approach makes it possible to solve global issues like overcoming cultural isolation, revealing general cultural and humanistic connections on the reflective, creative and civil levels. Comparative literary research can be used for the study of a unique character of specific culture, but it is also useful for strengthening intercultural and interdisciplinary connections and enriching cultures. Departments and programs of comparative literature form innovative multicultural centers in the leading universities of the West. The introduction of the Institute of Comparative Literature research practice in a Georgian university helps build a popular and well-developed study and research institution, highly competitive with European and world universities. Expansion of comparative research in accordance with the problems of Georgian literary studies supports chances to overcome cultural isolation, make Georgian culture part of the global context, ensuring international responses to Georgian literary and cultural values, and creating modern research methods for the study of Georgian literature. Diverse opportunities of comparative literature as a discipline, combined with a strong institutional format, will give us an opportunity to plan and carry out new projects relevant to available human resources and scientific interests.