In September 2014 the German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) was opened in Kazan, the capital of the Russian autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Republic of Tatarstan in order to establish engineering master courses according to German education standards at the Kazan National Research Technical University (KNRTU-KAI). This university is named after the well known aircraft designer A. N. Tupolev and represents one of the most renowned research universities in Russia. The Technische Universität Ilmenau as head of a consortium exports in close cooperation with Otto-von-Guericke-University and TU Kaiserslautern MSc-programs in engineering sciences to Kazan. The language of instruction is English; lecturers from the German partner universities read lessons once a semester in each course at KNRTU-KAI (flying faculty). The third semester is done completely in Germany. Within the fourth semester the students prepare their master thesis. After the successful defense of their master thesis students receive a double degree from the appropriate German university and KNRTU-KAI.