Professors and scientists representing more than 300 scientific-research centers and 89 universities from 50 countries of the world, as well as the RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and YSU Professorial staff were present at the opening ceremony of the Sociology at the Crossroads.
RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan on behalf of the RA Government welcomed the participants of this conference and focused on some standpoints and conclusions in the area of world financial crisis.
We are proud that such a significant event is being held in Armenia at this turning point. The current period of world history creates the necessity of professional interpretation of sociological phenomena. We hope that this congress will help us to find the solutions of the current issues. I am sure that the professional level and skills of the participants are excellent preconditions to give birth to new progressive ideas and break different stereotypes,-said Mr. Sargsyan.
The Congress participants were also welcomed by YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Chairman of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and the International Institute of Sociology Bjorn Vitrok, Professor of YSU Chair of Sociology Lyudmila Harutyunyan and President of International Sociological Association Michel Vivorka.
Education and culture have played decisive role in the life of Armenian people through the ages in the process of preservation of national and religious identity. Alma Mater, which celebrates its 90th year of foundation in these days, is the worthy inheritor of our historical educational centers. So, for us it is of great honor to be in the center of such a significant event,-said Aram Simonyan.
President of International Sociological Association Michel Vivorka made his speech welcoming speech and spoke in brief about the role and meaning of sociology in social life, as well as in the process of overcoming the obstacles, caused by crisis.
The welcoming speech was summarized by Lyudmila Harutyunyan: 20th century was full of obstacles for our people. We have faced and overcome violence, economic and social crises, but today we have statehood and high-level scientific potential. I do not know if any sociologist can explain how we have managed to overcome all these obstacles. I think that this is a good challenge for the outstanding specialists, who have gathered here today. I am sure that Armenia can become an important laboratory for the sociology.