“Strengthening Integrity and Combating Corruption in Higher Education in Armenia” project, co-funded by the EU and Council of Europe, aims to strengthen integrity and fight corruption at higher education institutions by fostering effective implementation of the Armenian Government’s Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2015-2018. The Armenian delegation was in the Netherlands from September 27 to October 1. Our delegation was composed of 12 members and was headed by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Karine Harutyunyan. They were received at various state and public organizations, were introduced to the peculiarities of the Dutch higher education system, activities, related to the strengthening integrity and combating corruption.
Members of the delegation visited the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, whose scope covers the entire education system - from the pre-school educational institutions up to higher education institutions, as well as the Dutch National Students’ Association. The visit program also included visits to the universities, particularly Tilburg University and Hague University of Applied Sciences, where the workshops were held on the on the integrity issues in Higher Education Institutions. The parties discussed the possibilities of the adaptation of the Dutch experience in Armenia.
On the last day the delegation was received at the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO), which, by the way, has been involved in the accreditation process of the higher education institutions in the RA and in particular YSU. The results of the visit were summed up at the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands, where the delegation was received by the Minister Jet Bussemaker. Then there was held an extensive discussion.
It should be noted that the Dutch Minister of Education participated in the Ninth Bologna Process Ministerial Conference in Yerevan in 2015, and during the meeting the sides touched upon not only problems with the academic integrity, but also the Bologna process and issues related to the cooperation between the two countries.
Our delegation included the representatives of four leading universities of Armenia. Yerevan State University representative - Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan is sure the establishment of partnership will enable us to discuss joint projects in a number of areas (scientific studies on corruption issues, educational programs modernization, institutional development mechanisms, etc.).