First of all, the schedule of sessions of the Academic Council for the 2nd semester of 2013-2014 academic year was approved via open vote.
In the beginning of the session the members of the Academic Council discussed the issue on the opening of the Gratitude Alley (in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide) in the courtyard of YSU, which will be dedicated to those foreign figures, who have supported our nation in the years of the Armenian Genocide, as well as have contribution in the process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
YSU Vice-rector Ruben Markosyan presented the ranking table of “Webometrics” for January of 2014. 22.000 universities were ranked in January, among which YSU was ranked 2994th (six month ago YSU was ranked 3152nd). Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University hold the first three positions.
As for the Commonwealth of the Independent States, Moscow State University has the highest position and is ranked 113th. In our region 2 universities of Georgia some have advantage, taking into account some indicators, and all Azerbaijani HEI are ranked in low positions. Beginning with 2009 YSU has registered considerable progress and now is the leading university of Armenia.
Here 4 main criteria are taken into account: the impact (this criterion is the number of external links to the official website of the university from other resources), presence (refers to the quantity of indexed pages of the official website of YSU by “Google” (dynamic and static)), availability (the number of available documents in the formats of Adobe Acrobat (pdf), Adobe PostScript (ps), Microsoft Power point (ppt) on the website, according to the data of “Google Scholar” ) and superiority (the number of scientific works, published in the international journals).
Ruben Markosyan noted that the results of the ranking table are a good opportunity to assess own strengths and weaknesses and take steps to increase the number of external links to the website of the university.
Head of YSU Educational-methodological Department Hrant Zhamharyan submitted for approval by the Academic Council the list of students, who will receive nominal scholarships in the 2nd semester of 2013-2014 academic year. This semester 53 students will receive scholarships. In comparison with previous semester, students receiving scholarships have kept their places; only 5 have been replaced due to low performance.
Among the current issues the Armenian translation of the collection of poems by Turkmen poet Mahtumkuli received approval for publication. The next issue related to the including of YSU academic publications (journals, yearbooks, handbooks) in the list of Higher Attestation Commission.
At the end of the session Director of YSU Egyptology Centre Tutunjyan de Vardavan made a scientific report. It referred to the new methods of vowelization of the ancient Egyptian language. After the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs were decrypted by Jean-Francois Champollion, up now, it has been translated without vowels.
Dr. Vardavan created the vowelization system on the basis of a discovery, made in 2009: ancient Egyptian poetry has a very complicated internal structure. Using the internal poetic conformity, he has made an attempt to restore the invisible vowels, which are checked in the ancient Coptic language with the help of the preserved vowels.