YSU Rector Aram Simonyan hosted the Director of the Regional Office of Francophone University Agency (AUF) for Central and Eastern Europe Mohamed Ketata to discuss new prospects for cooperation in the field of Francophonie.
The meeting was also attended by the Vice-rector on International Cooperation and Scientific Policy Gegham Gevorgyan, Head of International Cooperation Office Alexander Markarov, Head of the Chair of Romance Philology Zaven Harutyunyan.
First YSU Rector Aram Simonyan presented YSU, its history, educational and scientific programs, international cooperation, etc. Then Mr. Harutyunyan spoke about the level of Francophonie at YSU, the projects and the anticipated results.
“In recent years, many French authors are being translated into Armenian at YSU. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, this process had almost stopped. Today, it is good that we also have methodological literature, but it is important to create an environment for students to learn the language,” - said Mr. Simonyan.
Mr. Ketata said in response that we can definitely count on their support: “We signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Science. I hope YSU will be part of this partnership. In the last 1-2 years, we pay special attention to financing the mobility of young people engaged in scientific researches.”
The vision of the coming cooperation was presented by Alexander Markarov, noting that the proposals are based on the provisions of the strategic plan of development. These include language teaching methodology support, students’ and staff mobility, exchange programs, etc.
Mohamed Ketata added that their strategic points and our ones coincide with each other: “In addition to the funding that you have, surely you can expect funding for other programs. Now we pay special attention to the innovation.”