The report will be published in one of the major Spanish daily newspapers “El Mundo”, which has a circulation of 1.2 million and 2.5 million readers. The article about Armenia will include interviews with high-ranking officials, business and cultural figures. The most promising sectors of economy, which can serve as a platform to develop the cooperation between our countries will be covered, too.
Today, YSU Rector Aram Simonyan was the interlocutor of the editor of “Making News” Agency Javier Sadaba. The Spanish journalist was interested in the University’s recent activities, structure, financial flows and so on. As one of the most important directions among YSU priorities in recent years Mr. Simonyan highlighted the accreditation process of the institution. He also spoke about the professorial staff, number of students and role of YSU in the life of our country.
During the interview Mr. Simonyan also spoke about the formation of the university’s budget and the financial flows. The foreign journalist was interested in how the Armenian Diaspora supports the university.
“Yes, we have a powerful Diaspora, but today it does not fully support our education. Diaspora has its own problems, in the solution of which we are engaged, too - both country and the university. For example, we are now busy preparing the history textbooks for the schools of the Diaspora and we do not have any funding from abroad,” - said YSU Rector.
Javier Sadaba also wanted to know about YSU priorities. Mr. Simonyan identified three: “We want to become a research university. Secondly, we are on the way of creating a corporate university where the employer is involved in the training process. We have examples, but they are still little. Our next task is to create good conditions for specialists, so that we could keep them. And for this it is necessary to provide them with a high salary.”
YSU Rector Aram Simonyan presented the peculiarities of the Armenian labor market and personnel requirements of the university: “Our specialists work mainly in small entities, as the labor market is small. Various sensor devices are made at the Faculty of Radiophysics that are produced in small quantities. A license is required for the export, and for a license - a lot of money, which can only come as a result of large-scale production.”
The cooperation between YSU and Spanish universities was focused on, too. Today, this cooperation is not very active. Several years ago YSU held joint programs with Madrid Autonomous University and the University of Salamanca, which, however, have already been completed. Aram Simonyan expressed the hope that in future these ties will be restored and expanded.
Mr. Sabada asked Aram Simonyan what would be his first order if he was appointed Minister of Education and Science. Mr. Simonyan said: “First, I do not want to become a minister, but if I were, then my first steps would be aimed at high school, where the quality of education is initially shaped.”