In the framework of the project under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State and American Councils Management Style: personal and professional relationship member of the Pennsylvania State Senate Michael W. Brubaker is on a one-week visit in Armenia. On April 25 he was hosted at Yerevan State University.
The project is supervised by the Deputy Head of Legal Department at State Revenue Committee of Armenia Arsen Nikoghosyan (Associate Professor at YSU Chair of Civil Procedure). It is aimed at the development of cooperation between the state, public and educational institutions of Armenia and the State of Pennsylvania. As a result we will be provided with the opportunity to localize the leading American experience.
YSU Rector Aram Simonyan highlighted the visit of the high-ranking official and his interest in the development of the cooperation.
Mr. Brubaker, who is the Chairman of the Senate Financial Committee, in his turn, said that such countries, as the USA is, show information, financial and other kind of assistance to those countries, which have chosen the way of stability and prosperity.
Rector Aram Simonyan, vice-rectors Gegham Gevorgyan and Alexander Grigoryan presented the structure of Yerevan State University, the educational programs, the reputation of the university, institutional self-assessment process, etc.
As April 25 was the day of the session of YSU Academic Council, Mr. Brubaker made a speech before the start of the session and spoke about the Pennsylvanian government system, budgeting, education issues etc. Supervisor of YSU Information Technology Education and Research Centre, Academician Samvel Shukuryan spoke about the prospects of cooperation between YSU and universities of Pennsylvania in the IT sphere. In response the senator assured he will accept any offer for the discussion.
The participants of the meeting also highlighted the visit of the senator and asked him various questions, mainly related to the academic tours, student exchanges and other forms of cooperation.
Mr. Brubaker was also received by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the RA, Professor Gagik Ghazinyan. The Law School of the University of Pennsylvania is famous worldwide. Mr. Ghazinyan discussed with the senator the prospects of the cooperation.
Mr. Brubaker also visited YSU buildings, Library, Centre for European Studies, the Armenian-Indian Centre for Excellence, academic classrooms, etc.