Master’s degree programs have completely been revised. The process had already started in the beginning of this academic year. It has been implemented by the Standing Commission of the Quality Assurance of YSU Academic Council. Expert groups, composed of the representatives of YSU and other educational and research institutions, had been formed for each program. Accordingly, 125 educational programs were approved by the commission. Of these, 98 are designed for full-time and the rest part-time educational systems.
Changes and additions to the payment of subsidies to certain types of jobs for YSU employees were also discussed and approved during the session. YSU Department of Scientific Management was renamed into YSU Department of Scientific Policy.
It has been clarified how the subsidies should be calculated. This will be done via electronic system “intranet”, which was launched about a year ago. The staff will have to submit there the scientific works (articles, monographs, books, grants, etc.), or simply will not receive the subsidy, regardless of the work.
The next agenda item related to the tuition fees. Tuition fees for bachelors, master students and PhD students were approved. No changes will be made compared to the current academic year.
Two other documents were approved by the Academic Council of Yerevan State University - structure and content of the education in baccalaureate of Yerevan State University and the order of organization of the educational process. These amendments relate to the changes in the assessment procedure, the list of optional subjects, the elimination of state examinations and defense of final works, etc. These two documents will come into force beginning with the next academic year.
These two documents will be available in the coming days on the section “Documents” of YSU internet portal.
Among current issues was the issue of standards for the scientific publications by the HAC. There is an opinion that there is a need for the clarification of the criteria, because sometimes publications appear in these lists that fail to provide adequate scientific level, others are left out from the list without any justification. The Academic Council made a decision to make a document which will include proposals and submit it to the Higher Attestation Commission.
The last question on the agenda related to congratulations. Director of YSU Institute of Pharmacy, NAS RA Academician, Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor Ashot Saghyan has become 60 years old. Congratulatory messages were read by YSU Rector, vice-rectors, colleagues and friends.