This two-day international conference is organised by East European University & Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University on October 29-30, 2021. The topic of the first day is "The Being of the University", that of the second day - "The Reality of the Institutional Autonomy in Universities". The conference aims to explore the emerging nature of Georgian higher education within an international context, what is its function, what are its alternatives, what is its strength, how can it contribute to national flourishing, what are its economic imperatives, how autonomous are its institutions and what is the state of academic freedom within the governance structure of the state and its agents. The format will consist of papers given each day on the topics of the nature of the university and autonomy in the university and a panel will be convened at the end of each day to discuss the contributions in the Georgian context. On the first day panel will be chaired by the Rector of EEU, and on the second day – by the Rector of TSU. There also will be a doctoral colloquium at EEU on 28th October, a pre-conference colloquium for graduate students will be held where paper can also be submitted for discussion and publication.