Being in Armenia to participate in the events, dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Zoe Konstantopoulou expressed a wish to meet with the representatives of YSU. The meeting was held at the Center for Hellenic Studies of YSU. The meeting was attended by YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Alexander Grigoryan, Dean of the Faculty of Russian Philology Pavel Balayan, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies Levon Hakobyan and students of the Department of Greek Language.
Welcoming the guests, YSU Rector said that in these days the presence of our friends is very important for us. Mr. Simonyan said that the Armenians have a lot of friends around the world, and the old friendship of Armenia and Greece is especially strong.
“Taking into consideration the fact that we have a Hellenic Center at YSU, we hope that in future it will continue its activities and more students will study Greek language and culture. Moreover, they will spread the Greek culture and language in Armenia,” - said YSU Rector and then spoke about the history and activities of YSU: “We have 20,000 students, 3,000 staff and cooperate with 270 universities and research centers around the world.”
Speaker of the Parliament of Greece Zoe Konstantopoulou noted that the teaching of the Greek language and literature demonstrates the interest of Armenia to Greece. According to the guest, this interest is mutual, as she is a longtime fan of the Armenian culture.
“The fact that the Center for Hellenic Studies operates at YSU is very significant, as it emphasizes the role and friendship between the two countries. It is the duty of the Government of Greece to be in these days with the Armenian people and do everything possible to contribute to the global process of recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It is no coincidence that the Greek people consider Armenians their brothers,”- said Zoe Konstantopoulou, adding that the Armenian community of Greece lives a very active life.
YSU Rector called on the students of the Department of Greek Language to study better, as years later they are going to teach the next generation. Greek is a fairly complex language, but Aram Simonyan does not exclude the fact that master’s programs can be opened at YSU if we have qualified personnel in future. We should note also that the Department of Greek Language was opened at the Faculty of Russian Philology three years ago and now 30 students study here.
YSU Center for Hellenic Studies was opened in 1999 and the library of the center, which has fictional and research literature in Greek, is the largest in Armenia.