It is the first institute in Central and Eastern Europe; it was opened owing to the efforts of the Head of the Institute, Director of the Doctoral School of Security Studies and International Relations of the university Luciano Nastase-Kovács and at the initiative of the Embassy of Armenia in Romania, as well as with the assistance of the Union of Armenians of Romania.
The solemn opening ceremony of the Institute of Armenian Studies, on November 7, was attended by the Rector of the University of Babes-Bolyai Academician Ioan Aurel Pop and Director of the Institute Luciano Nastase-Kovács, YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Romania Hamlet Gasparyan, Chairman of the Regional Council of Cluj Istvan Waqar, Chairman of the Union of Armenians of Romania, Senator Varuzhan Voskanyan, Head of Centre for Researches on the History of the Jews of Romania Liviu Rotman, members of the Romanian Academy, intellectuals and others.
“Foundation of the Institute for Armenian Studies is not only an important step in the study of the Armenian communities in Central and Eastern Europe, but also highly relevant step, taking into account the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide next year, the event that has had an influence on the Armenians all over the world,” - noted Luciano Nastase-Kovács.
Prior to the opening ceremony rectors Ioan Aurel Pop and Aram Simonyan agreed to sign an agreement on cooperation between YSU and the University of Cluj, as well as between the Armenian Studies institutes.
“They were especially interested in cooperation in the fields of history and the humanities - sociology, international relations and cultural studies. Arrangements were made also on the teaching of Romanian and Hungarian languages, as well as on the exchange of students and tutors, the organization of joint conferences, issuing of publications of scientific papers,” - summed up his visit to Romania Aram Simonyan.
Ambassador Hamlet Gasparyan expressed hope that, in addition to increasing scientific interest to the Armenians in the Balkans and neighboring countries, the Institute will facilitate the identification of the Armenian elements in the cultural diversity of the European space.
“I think in the context of the 100th anniversary of the First World War and especially the Armenian Genocide Institute for Armenian Studies can become an open platform for discussion of the causes of this tragedy and its devastating consequences, consequences that mostly influenced the fate of the Armenian people, formed the Armenian identity full of deep wounds and losses,” - said Mr. Ambassador.
Another Institute for Armenian Studies will also be opened in Gherla - Former Armenopolis. Experts assure that the Romanian Transylvania was once densely populated by Armenians, and now the great cultural heritage should be studied.
“The foundation of the first in Romania, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe the Institute of Armenian Studies is one of the most important activities of the university. We are proud that the Armenian culture and civilization served as a model for Romanians, Hungarians and Germans. The opening of this institute is an important and necessary step in the study of the Armenian communities of Central and Eastern Europe. Here not only the past but also studies on the present and the future should be carried out,” - said the Rector of the University of Babes-Bolyai Ioan Aurel Pop.