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We talked to Mr. Saghyan about his ideas for the development of science in Armenia, the RA draft law on "Higher Education and Science" disputed in the Constitutional Court, the scale of cooperation with universities and the Artsakh Scientific Center.

According to Ashot Saghyan, as a result of optimization, scientific-research, scientific-production, scientific-technological as well as scientific-educational centers can be created. "The process can take place either through the merger of institutes or through the creation of research networks, within which, according to global research directions, research groups will merge and start working."

Ashot Saghyan stated that the academy has traditionally been responsible for basic research, but today the demand is different. "Today, the prospects for economic development, the military-industrial complex, environmental and other global issues require a gradual shift from basic research to applied research. That is, to make sure that the results of basic research go to the field of application and are commercialized. "

According to Ashot Saghyan, we should try to restore and expand international relations. "These relations should not be direct contracts on paper, but mutually beneficial, operating contracts."

 

"Climate change and children. Impact, Rights and Participation ”three-day international conference at YSU Center for European Studies.

The conference, co-organized by the Global Campus for Human Rights, the Higher Living Foundation, UNICEF Armenia, the Austrian Development Agency, ShareMusic & Performing Arts and the Small Theater of Armenia, is organized by the Human Rights Global Campus and YSU Center for European Studies within the framework of a regional master's program in the Caucasus.

 

Arthur Ghazinyan, Head of the YSU Center for European Studies, greeted the participants, emphasizing that the aim of the conference was to unite experts and scientists to discuss climate change on an international scientific format.

YSU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Public Relations Arthur Israelyan said that due to modern technologies, it was possible to organize an international conference. Regardless of the circumstances, the scientific field must be active and respond quickly to all problems.

Yerevan State University participated in the project From Theoretical-Oriented to Practical Education in Agrarian Studies (TOPAS) Erasmus+ KA-2. The TOPAS project aims at filling the gap within a common former soviet inherited agricultural sciences higher education system in Ukraine, Armenia and Uzbekistan, introducing and improving vocationally oriented practical programs based on a learning outcomes and competencies approach, targeting new and old graduates, with flexible learning pathways and permeability among the different agrarian management programs, while fostering partnership between universities and stakeholders (farm industry and associations), and practical training in real working environment to provide a better match between job market needs and the qualifications offered.

Progress and performance must be measured to attest a development in the project. With few, but carefully selected indicators, it is possible to get a good overview on the progress and performance.

Among those indicators there are several indicators dealing with satisfaction of key stakeholders – students, teachers and employers. Those indicators of satisfaction are: 1) % of satisfaction from employers and educators with content of new curricula and new key qualifications; 2) % of students’ satisfaction with teaching competences; 3) % of students’ satisfaction with competences acquired; 4) % of teacher’s satisfaction with resources available. The Consortium believed that the best way to gauge how much those stakeholders are content with situation as of today was to resort to qualitative research methods, e. g. surveys.

YSU participation in the project allowed to present results of the study according to project activities. Thus, in the workshops, organized in HEI presented YSU participants expiriens in

  • Distributing classroom study materials one week before the lecture and discussing these with students during the lecture (flipped learning)
  • Distributing between students envelopes with results of assessments related to their written answers to previous questions (peer learning).
  • Using Microsoft Access Management for the management of the information from the agricultural single data base file.
  • The Desktop application has been written in Scala programming language
  • Assessment of teachers activities to organize student centered classes at YSU
  • Restructuring of agricultural economy  education in YSU:   
    Master program in Data Science for Agriculture Business
  • Datacollection for Machinery-Data

Activities of YSU participants presented in workshops organized during project implementation.

List of YSU presentations

  1. Restructuring of agricultural economy  education in YSU:   
    Master program in Data Science for Agriculture Business
  2. Data collection for Machinery-Data
  3. Assessment of teachers activities to organize student centred classes at YSU
  4. The Desktop application has been written in Scala programming language
  5. Distributing between students envelopes with results of assessments related to their written answers to previous questions (peer learning).
  6. Distributing classroom study materials one week before the lecture and discussing these with students during the lecture (flipped learning)

In a conversation with us, Karin Tonoyan, Director of the "Hay aspet" Educational and Charitable Foundation "Vordus" NGO, speaking about the initiative and purpose of the event, said that today discussing the situation in the country and the reasons leading to it, it becomes clear that they come from very deep and which are due to the lack of ideology and non-application of the existing ideology.

According to Karin Tonoyan, everyone who has perceived Nzhdeh is ready for any difficulty and struggle.

 

Karin Tonoyan told us that all the reports will be available on the Internet, will be spread on social platforms and will be published. "Besides, we will visit the regions, find young people, infect them with Nzhdeh and try to correct the mistake of 30 years when we used only Garegin Nzhdeh's name as a cover for a thousand and one purposes. We must make Garegin Nzhdeh's patriotism and cosmic wisdom the property of our new generation, which will make him invincible. ”

At the beginning of the event, the representatives of YSU teaching staff, scientists and article writers who contributed to the publication of the periodical at the suggestion of the editor-in-chief of "Scientific Artsakh" periodical Avetik Harutyunyan observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Artsakh war.

Avetik Harutyunyan  presented the thematic coverage of the periodical, which is history, political science, international relations, law, archeology, economics, pedagogy, linguistics, literature, journalism. give them the opportunity to publish their articles.

The editor-in-chief referred to the cover of the scientific periodical, which shows the map of the Artsakh Republic.

He noted that it will not change.

The “Scientific Artsakh” periodical founded by YSU is included in the list of scientific journals.

The works are related to modern problems of social sciences.

The members of the editorial board of the periodical gave professional advice on improvement of “Scientific Artsakh” periodical and making it more recognizable.

 

It was offered to translate the articles into Russian and English, classification of articles in accordance with scientific headings and so on.

At the end of the event, the editor-in-chief of the scientific periodical Avetik Harutyunyan thanked those present, as well as the members of the editorial board and the writers, wishing them fruitful activity in the field of science.