YSU Rector Aram Simonyan received the German delegation, headed by Lepsius Museum director Rolf Hosfeld, Brandenburg Minister of Science and Culture Martina Myunch, Head of the International and EU Affairs Unit Gundela Herwig, ministry employee Elke Kiesler, as well as the German Ambassador to Armenia Matthias Kiesler.
The meeting was attended by YSU Vice-rector on Scientific Policy and International Cooperation Gegham Gevorgyan, Head of the International Cooperation Office Alexander Markarov, Director of the Institute for Armenian Studies Mher Hovhannisyan and Doctor of History, Professor Ashot Hayruni.
Mher Hovhannisyan noted that the cooperation between the Potsdam Institute and YSU IAS was launched two years ago: “The parties decided to give it a legal basis to make such cooperation more effective. Cooperation agreement will expand the boundaries.”
Under the agreement, the cooperation includes researches on the Armenian Genocide and publications of the works by Johannes Lepsius, regarding the Armenian Question.
Mher Hovhannisyan noted that the results of the researches in the frames of this cooperation will be published in several volumes in German and then its selected version (related to the Armenian Genocide) will be published in Armenian in Armenia.
During the meeting YSU Rector Aram Simonyan made a proposal to create a research center for Armenian studies in Germany, which will study the historical framework of the Armenian-German relations. Martina Myunkh expressed willingness to support the implementation of this idea.