The solemn session of YSU Academic Council, devoted to the 95th anniversary of YSU, was held today in the framework of the anniversary celebrations. Exclusively congratulations and awards were on the agenda.
Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan, Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan, Vicar of the Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Navasard Archbishop Ktchoyan, ambassadors of different countries, rectors of different universities, foreign guests, YSU vice-rectors, deans, lecturers, employees and students were present at the session.
The anthems of Armenia and YSU were followed by the Lord’s Prayer, which marked the opening of the session. Navasard Archbishop Ktchoyan read the congratulatory message of the Catholicos of All Armenians. Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan read the congratulatory message of the RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
“The university, being the first higher educational institution in the modern history of Armenia, has laid the foundations of the modern university system in Armenia. With the implementation of multiple educational and research programs, the high professionalism of the professorial staff, owing to the expanding trends of the internationalization process the university implicitly is considered the main institution of formation of our country’s scientific and cultural system,” – was said in the Prime Minister’s congratulatory message.
Then Rector of Yerevan State University presented the history of YSU, the participation of this HEI in the Great Patriotic and Artsakh Liberation wars, the difficulties which have been overcome, losses and gains. He focused on the current activities, referring to the work and the consequent results in different areas.
“Looking back at the university’s history, we should say that being established in a very difficult period, the university has been faithful companion and supporter of our people throughout this period. This is the place where competitive specialists are trained,” - said Mr. Simonyan, adding that currently YSU has around 20,000 students, more than 1,500 lecturers, of whom more than 170 are professors, 560 - associate professors. More than 10 academicians and 20 NAS RA Associate members are involved in the educational process at YSU.
According to the tradition of celebrating the anniversary dates, the speeches were followed by gifts, in this case, the state awards. A number of representatives of YSU received awards, issued by the RA president, Prime Minister, Ministry of Education and Science and YSU - medals, honorary figure titles and certificates.
“I am grateful to the students and lecturers of the university for they were and are now in our history. I am not universitarian, but I think that every educated and patriotic man should feel himself a little universitarian. YSU Student Council had made a proposal to include May 16 in the list of the state holidays and proclaim it youth and student day. I am glad to say that this offer has been accepted and the RA Government has proposed a draft to the National Assembly to include the day of foundation of YSU in the list of state holidays,” – was said in the congratulatory message of Armen Ashotyan.