Today, the first session of YSU Academic Council in this academic year was held. 7 issues were on the agenda.
After the approval of the schedule of the 1st semester of 2014-2015 academic year the Academic Council passed to the approval of the list of specialties for the baccalaureate admission next year. 53 specialties will be available next year in contrast to this year’s 55. Two of them, “Translation Studies, Russian and Armenian languages” and “Translation Studies, Spanish and Armenian languages” have been removed from the list.
Though vacant places are available at YSU Ijevan Branch, all the specialties have been filled and the list of the specialties for the next year remains unchanged. By the decision of the Academic Council, only one of the specialties, “Pedagogy and Psychology” was renamed into “Psychology.”
“We have to show realistic approach to the issue. Seeing the increasing competition in recent years, we should pay serious attention to the work with high schools,” - concluded the admission results for this academic year Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan.
The Academic Council made some changes and additions to the regulation of student allowances, state and university scholarships. These changes were due to the changes in the RA Law on “Higher and Postgraduate Professional Education”. According to it the 7% of student fees should be used for the discounts. In general YSU regulation corresponds to the law. It has been discussed and approved by the regulatory commission of the Academic Council.
The charter of YSU Centre of Excellence of Applied Biology was approved. The decision on opening this centre was made by the Academic Council recently.
One of the issues was the approval of the sample of agreement between YSU PhD student/researcher and his scientific supervisor. It is necessary to regulate the chair-PhD student-postgraduate studies and doctorate studies relations. But as a result of the discussions, a decision was made to regulate these relations not by an agreement, but Rectorate order.
The report on the implementation of Training Program for lecturers (2nd 2013-2014 semester of academic year) and 2011-2014 was made by Head of YSU Postgraduate Education Department Jasmen Aghasyan.
This semester mandatory courses have been attended by 1047 listeners who have collected a total of 2312 credits. General quantity of audience was 2023, who received 3993credits, and research-methodological courses have been attended by 397 lecturers, who have submitted 1685 works and collected 3642 credits.
The Academic Council also approved the list of 46 students receiving scholarship.
Among the current issues the proposal on opening YSU Centre for Entrepreneurship Development was discussed and approved. It is to promote entrepreneurship among students.
“Interesting proposals can be made especially by students from the faculties of natural sciences, which can later become business projects - Start up-s. Many of successful projects in the IT sector today have initially been student projects,” - says Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan.
By open ballot and a majority of votes the proposal on renaming the Faculty of Economics was approved. From now on it will be called the Faculty of Economics and Management.
The final part of the session was somehow festive. On September 18 the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Associate Member of the RA National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Roland Avagyan became 70 years old. After the congratulatory messages read the distinguished scientist was awarded YSU Commemorative Medal, and the State Committee of Science awarded him a Gold Medal.