Seven representatives of the Chisinau State University and Tiraspol State University after Shevchenko were first received by the Secretariat of the Bologna Process. In 2012 Armenia assumed the secretariat of the Bologna Follow-up Group for three years. In 2015 Armenia will host the ministerial summit with the participation of the ministers of education and science of 47 member countries of the Bologna process.
The purpose of the visit was to learn about the activities of the partner university and those regularities, which operate at the HEI. YSU management was represented at the meeting by the Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan, Head of YSU International Cooperation Office Alexander Markarov and Director of the Centre for Quality Assurance Armen Budaghyan, and the student structures were represented by the Vice-chairman of the Student Council Vardan Ghaplanyan.
Alexander Grigoryan presented YSU structure, faculties, number of students and employees, budget, professorial staff, university management system, focusing on the reforms that have been implemented in Armenia since independence.
Educational reforms started in the 1990s. In 1995, two-stage education system was introduced at YSU, in 2002 - postgraduate education system, in 2003 - student surveys. In this period several centers were opened at YSU, which significantly contributed to the development of the university.
“In 2006, based on the Bologna system requirements, we introduced the credit system. Perhaps this is the major reform that we have made in recent years,” - said Mr. Grigoryan.
He also spoke of quality assurance, accreditation process, in which YSU has been involved since 2012, as well as YSU Strategic Development Plan for 2010-2014, which finishes this year.
“There are some difficulties in the reformation process, some of which are the lack of financial resources, imperfect legislation in the field of higher education, the lack of applicants, connected with the demographic issues, as well as the student apathy towards the quality of education,” - said Mr. Grigoryan.
Alexander Markarov presented the international cooperation of YSU, grant programs, mobility of the staff and so on, and Armen Budaghyan spoke about the internal quality assurance mechanisms, activities of the QAC and the existing policy in this field.
The speeches of YSU representatives were followed by the question and answer. Our guests were interested in such issues as the formation of university financial means, tuition fees, the distribution of the academic hours and so on.