One of the main issues was the activities of YSU in strengthening the ties between the army and society. According to YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, YSU has always actively cooperated with the Armed Forces. However, it is necessary to develop a comprehensive program to submit it to the Ministry of Defense.
“It is time to develop a long-term program of cooperation between YSU and the Ministry of Defense. This program should not only be educational. It is known that the faculties of Radiophysics, Philosophy and Psychology, Oriental Studies train personnel for the Armed Forces, based on the signed agreements. This program needs to be expanded. YSU Centre for Student Affairs, as well as tutors and student organizations play an active role in the process of military-patriotic education,” - said Mr. Simonyan, adding that cultural events in the army from time to time are implemented by YSU Cultural Centre.
Then YSU Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan presented the results of the admission in 2016-2017 academic year.
This year YSU had 3318 applications, which are 250 less than last year. We have now 1988 freshmen. According to Mr. Grigoryan, this year students have more preferred the faculties of natural sciences, and a decline has been noticed for the humanities faculties. About 2,000 students, enrolled this year, went to compulsory military service.
The number of applicants has dropped in the system of distance learning. 460 entrants have applied for the correspondence department, 386 of whom were admitted. 1576 students had applied for master’s degree (full-time), 1180 of them were admitted. 327 students will receive master’s degree, too (part-time). The total number of students at YSU currently is 18,648.
The procedure for preparation and evaluation of master’s theses was also discussed. Since the members of the Academic Council made comments related to the evaluation criteria, the participation of specialists, etc., it was decided to review the document and submit it for the approval of the Academic Council at the next meeting.
The overall picture of the rotation of students in 2015-2016 academic year was presented by the Head of the Educational-methodological Department Hrant Zhamharyan. He presented data on the rotation for bachelors and masters in total.
The process of internationalization of YSU was presented by the Head of YSU International Cooperation Office Alexander Markarov, who explained the essence of the internationalization of the university, how it contributes to the development of the HEI, its numerical and qualitative indicators, etc. Mr. Markarov also focused on the international educational and scientific programs that are carried out and are envisaged at YSU, work with local and foreign students, international agreements and international partners, a double diploma programs, grants, etc.
Part of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of the activities of the Student Scientific Society of YSU for 2015-2016 academic year and Cultural Centre for 2013-2016 academic years.
During the last academic year, YSU SSS organized 416 events: conferences, seminars, discussions, round tables, meetings, lectures, debates, intellectual games, competitions, cognitive tourism, etc. The largest event was the scientific conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the RA independence, which was held in 20 specialized sections and more than 350 papers were presented. 8 editions of the Collection of scientific articles of the SSS were published in this period, too.
A large number of events have been organized by YSU Cultural Centre in 2013-2016 academic years: 79 events, 39 film screenings and discussions, two new groups were opened; the members of the Centre participated in the inter-university, national and international competitions and won 11 prizes. Director of YSU Cultural Centre Karine Davtyan also highlighted the cooperation of the Centre with other cultural centers.
The next question was about the opening of the Space Research Centre at YSU in cooperation with the State Corporation for Space Activities “Roskosmos”. The center will be engaged in the development of space technologies. A master’s program in Geoinformatics will be available at this Centre, too.
The next issue on the agenda concerned the renaming of the Chair of Technology and Economics of Medicines, which in future will be called the Chair of Pharmtechnology and Management of Pharmacy Economy.
Via secret ballot the title of professor was awarded 4 lecturers of YSU, and the title of associate professor - 5.