At the beginning of the meeting, which was attended by heads of chairs and various departments, representatives of the media and others, Dean of YSU Faculty of Law Gagik Ghazinyan and Head of Chair of Constitutional Law Gevorg Danielyan, who are members of the specialized commission on the constitutional reforms at the RA President, made speeches.
Their speeches were aimed at raising awareness on the draft of the RA Constitution. Members of the commission presented the project solely from the legal point of view, setting out the most controversial and unclear points.
The next question concerned the approval of the statutes of the faculties of Yerevan State University. Faculties have developed and submitted them to the Academic Council for the approval, based on the exemplary statute of YSU Faculty. Statutes of 17 faculties were approved via open voting. The next issue was the question of admission to YSU for 2015-2016 academic year, the overall picture was presented by the Vice-rector on Educational Affairs of Yerevan State University Alexander Grigoryan.
This year 3568 students had applied for the admission to Yerevan State University (1125 - at the faculties of Natural Sciences, 2443 - at the faculties of Humanities). 3060 of them entered YSU. About 200 students who entered baccalaureate (part-time education), went to compulsory military service or took away the documents.
522 applications were received for the part-time department, 437 students entered YSU. As for the full-time master’s degree, here we have 655 students and 210 students at the part-time master’s degree department.
“In total, 19,757 students currently study at YSU, 72.9% are full-time students, and 27.1% - part-time. The picture is quite diverse, we have specialties for which there were large flows, and there are specialties, which are quite not popular. Over the past 4 years, almost all the indicators have fallen and we are very well aware that in the next few years we may have serious problems,” - said Mr. Grigoryan.
The next issue referred to the student allowances. This year, 1424 free of charge places are available for Bachelors and Masters (1036 for bachelors).
“Our tables show that the performance of senior students is higher.Thereare faculties where the average score is 19-20 points, which greatly complicates the process of rotation. I think the ranking systemshould become more complicated especially for masters in order to avoid such problems,” - said Head of the Educational-methodological Department Hrant Zhamharyan.
Current issues on today’s agenda werethree. The first concerns the reformation of the system of differentiated payment. It was proposed to apply the same system again, and for next year to make a new program based on the strategic development plan of YSU in 2016-2020. The proposal was approved, and then the commission, which will develop a new system of the differentiated payment, was formed.
The Academic Council also decided to award the famous German Professor Tessa Hoffman the title of Honorary Professor of Yerevan State University for her contribution to the process of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Head of the Chair of Constitutional Law, Professor Norik Ayvazyan was awarded the titleof Honorary Head of Chair.