This is the third such school. The previous two, though summer, were by nature the same. The school is attended by 31 representatives of the Armenian state and private universities. The lecturers are Professor Andy Gibbs from the UK (Napier University, Edinburgh) and Professor Terence Clifford-Amos (University of Christ Church, Canterbury).
Having wished the participants fruitful work, Vice-rector of Yerevan State University Alexander Grigoryan highlighted the theme of 2009 school: The methodology of training programs, the European tuning are new concepts, which have been successfully used in European education systems for several years.
Director of National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation Ruben Topchyan states that education is in demand in our country today. Current students are studying in one university, graduate from another, i.e. lifelong learning. Today, our universities can not operate separately from each other by their own standards. They should make their standards resonate with European. From this perspective, todays winter school will help to solve this issue.
The school, held in the framework of the program of support to higher education in Armenia by the Office of the Armenian Relief Fund of the Open Society Institute, is for the administrative staff of universities. The event was jointly organized by Yerevan State University and Scientific and Educational Center of National Development NGO. The main topics of the course: to promote the European dimension as the direction of the Bologna process, the methodology of compatible programs, the project European tuning, etc.
A report on the project European tuning was prepared by the Assistant to YSU Vice-rector on Educational Affairs Armen Budalyan. The speaker expressed the hope that in the end of the training our universities will be able to apply this tuning in their educational programs, bringing them into line with European standards.
OSI AF Project Coordinator Anna Gevorgyan promised: The Fund will try to help all those universities, which, after the adoption of standards will try to use those mechanisms. The Foundation has announced a competition for HEI to assist.
The representative of State Institute of Physical Culture Araik Gyozalyan participates for the third time in such trainingl. By the way, according to the assurances of the organizers, 50 percent of the participants involved in this program, have appeared here for second or third time. I can confidently say that my past involvement gave me a great experience. I regret that this time the participants are not from abroad, because this way we share experiences, - noted Araik Gyozalyan.