One of the issues related to the tuition fees for bachelors, masters and PhD students in 2016-2017 academic year. This decision received its approval. YSU Vice-rector on Scientific Policy and International Cooperation G. Gevorgyan noted that over the last 3 years of tuition fees in the YSU has not been increased and at present it is suggested in the new academic year (for the first year students) to raise the tuition fee for an average 7-8%, which meanwhile is less than inflation index. YSU Rector A. Simonyan underlined that thanks to these changes the university administration plans to introduce a social package (medical insurance) for employees.
During the session, the charter of the Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies Department of YSU was approved, too.
Then the members of the Academic Council discussed the issues related to the educational process. They approved the list of specializations and educational programs for the 2016-2017 (part-time education for bachelors and masters). As Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan informed 19 education programs are available for bachelors and 23 – for masters.
“This year we terminate admission on several specializations, as they have not been popular for several years. Instead, we should focus on the professions that were created in the last few years, and have demand today and prospects for development,” - added YSU Rector Aram Simonyan.
Then Academic Council via voting also approved the regulations for the admission for full-time and part-time master studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. Compared to the previous document, the only change is that now the demobilized from army can be admitted without exams only if they have been demobilized in the period of last 3 years.
Changes were made to the student benefits, state and university scholarships. Accordingly, the winners of YSU annual Olympiad (1-3 places) will get a discount of tuition fee in the first year of studies for 50, 40 and 30% accordingly.
A decision was made to unite the chairs of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Plants and Microbes Biotechnology of YSU Faculty of Biology. This chair will be called then Chair of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology.
A scientific report was scheduled, too. The report headed “The research activities of the Applied Biology Centre of Excellence at YSU” was made by the Head of the Chair of Ecology and Nature Protection of YSU Faculty of Biology Nelly Hovhannisyan, who spoke about several positive researches that have already become a basis for new cooperation.
The focus is on the DNA study of grape varieties in Armenia, which also include the examination of the samples found during the archeological excavations, such as the 5000-year-old shoe found in Areni cave and so on. Nelly Hovhannisyan presented the center’s future programs and grants, which are already underway.
In the end of the session, the results of the voting on awarding the titles of professor and associate professor were announced. Accordingly, 2 lecturers received the rank of the professor, 12 - associate professor, 6 – became heads of chairs. Nine lecturers became professors at different chairs and 1 – associate professor.