12 titles of Associate Professor were awarded, and the decisions of the councils of faculties on the elections of the heads of chairs were approved (15 heads of chairs).
Preliminary results of the visit of the external expert group on the accreditation of YSU were presented by Vice-rector Alexander Grigoryan. On June 16-19, meetings at the institutional level were held, on June 20-22 - at the program level and on June 24 the experts visited Ijevan branch.
During the visit, the expert group held meetings with the members of YSU Board and the Academic Council, rector and vice-rectors, deans and representatives of student organizations. The experts visited the library and got acquainted with the information resources. They learnt of the laboratory conditions at the faculties of Physics and Radiophysics.
“Everyone made a good impression on experts. The report on self-analysis has also been approved. The experts presented the preliminary results of the visit, and later, in late August, the final results will be presented,” - said Mr. Grigoryan.
Vice-rector also spoke about the results of the admission exams for this year. Compared to the last year, the number of applicants has increased by 20%. The situation is more problematic in the area of the physics and mathematics, and as for the humanities, the situation is satisfactory. The admission to the magistracy starts today, which will be held in two stages.
Centre for European Studies, Information Technology Education and Research Centre, Centre for Civilization and Cultural Studies also made reports on their activities.
Currently two master’s programs are available at the Centre for European Studies: “European Researches” and “Human Rights and Democratization.” On the basis of the first program the specialty “European Studies” was introduced, and in the framework of the second program our students are educated at the state universities ofBelarus,Ukraine andMoldova.
The activities of the Information Technology Education and Research Centre were presented by the supervisor of the Centre Samvel Shukuryan. Three master’s programs are available at this Centre. Negotiations are underway with several foreign universities to implement new programs. The centre’s employees are also active in the publication of their scientific papers in the international scientific journals.
“Statistics for the past 3 years shows that the specialists are in high demand. 90% of graduates find job at the end of master courses, and 10% trying to find a job,” - said Mr. Shukuryan.
Director of the Centre for Civilization and Cultural Studies David Hovhannisyan presented the activities of the Centre. The center works in three areas: adaptation theory, geopolitical research and contextual studies.
Current issues on the agenda were several.
It was decided to open Research and Education Media Centre at YSU in cooperation with the Council of Public Television and Radio Company ofArmenia. The centre will train specialists who will continue to work on digital television. The project is funded by the Council of Public Television and Radio Company ofArmeniaandYerevanStateUniversitywill provide specialists.
According to the decision of the Academic Council, some changes in the system of PhD studies have been made. YSU Academic Council is going to appeal to the Ministry of Education and Science in order to apply the new system at other universities.
Chair of Actuarial Mathematics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics was renamed into the Chair of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics.
Decision was made to award Doctor of Law, Professor Tariel Barseghyan the title of the the honorary head of Chair of Civil Law, and the Chairman of the European Court of Human Rights Dean Spielmann, who will visit Yerevan State University next week - the title of honorary doctor of Yerevan State University.
The book “Biotechnology”, authored by the head of the Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Ashot Sagyan will be recommended for publication, after which will be presented to the Ministry of Education and Science as a university textbook. Some amendments to the charter of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology were also approved. As a new chair of linguistics and intercultural communication was opened at this faculty after the approval of the charter, this should be mentioned in the appendix.