The session was conducted by YSU Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan and the speaker was the Professor from the University of the West of Scotland, expert of the program Yan Smith.
Before proceeding to the main report YSU Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan presented the program “Strengthening Integrity and Combating Corruption in Higher Education in Armenia”, its objectives, components, as well as some details related to the coordination process.
Representative of the Yerevan Office of the Council of Europe, Project Coordinator Liana Amirbekyan said that meetings with students, discussions and recommendations are of great significance for further development of the project.
Then Professor Ian Smith introduced the members of the Academic Council the drafts of the projects “Ethics Code for the Main Actors at the Universities” and “Guidance for Producing Codes of Ethics for Higher Education Sphere”, which are developed in the framework of the program “Strengthening Integrity and Combating Corruption in Higher Education in Armenia”, funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union.
“For me it is an honor to be received at YSU. I am grateful that you have expressed readiness to cooperate in the framework of the project,” - said Professor Smith.
European expert presented in details the components of the project, objectives and the anticipated results.
We should note also that the Code of Ethics as well as Guide have mainly been drawn up on the basis of the document on the Pan-European Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education. This important initiative of the Council of Europe was officially launched on October 1-2, 2015, in Prague at the 7th Forum “Towards a Pan-European Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education”.
After the speech, YSU representatives asked a number of questions to the guest, and in the end, Alexander Grigoryan stressed that the presented documents are still under development, and the members of the Academic Council after studying the document may submit written proposals to the EC Yerevan Office.