15 students of Alma Mater, headed by YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies Acting Head of Chair of Arabic Studies Sona Tonikyan made a visit to Syrian Arab Republic on February 22 and stayed there till March 1.
Armenian students visited Aleppo State University, got acquainted with local student life, Arabic culture and held meetings with the Deputy Rector on Student Affairs, Student Council Chairman and SC Presidium members.
YSU Student Council Secretary Harutyun Azgaldyan states there is much in common between the Aleppo State University Student Council staff and student structural subdivisions. Our goals and activities are actually the same, too, but we should mention about some cultural and religious specifications, - says Mr. Azgaldyan.
As for Sona Tonikyan she made a stress on our and SAR HEI differences. There is only one state university is Aleppo, which provides with education in various spheres, for example medical sciences, architecture included. There are not any state HEI, occupied in this or that area of science, - said Sona Tonikyan.
For all the members of our delegation it was the first visit to Arabic country, and, so, every meeting was interesting and useful. They visited Armenian churches in Aleppo, as well as held meetings with the representatives of the
Armenian Diaspora in Syria. ASU students provided our delegation with the opportunity to visit Der-Dzor and Madaghe.
We should mention that during his visit to Armenia President of SAR Bashar al-Assad had expressed his standpoint regarding the launching of cooperation projects between both states HEI, to make an experience exchange. Later Syrian student delegation visited YSU.
Our students say their Syrian colleagues have got good impressions from Armenia and remember about Armenian hospitality.
In September another visit of our Syrian colleagues to Armenia is expected, as it was arranged during this visit. Mr. Azgaldyan says our side is going to propose our partners projects on cooperation in the framework of this visit. He also added that the cooperation between ASU and YSU has got a rich history: YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies Chair of Arabic Studies students traditionally visit Aleppo educational institutions for different trainings.
Mr. Azgaldyan focused on two types of the Aleppo students: the conservative ones, and those who have got modern mentality. As for the representatives with modern mentality, they used the opportunity to open their hearts during the communication with their Armenian colleagues. They state the lecturers give an advantage to the individuals, who have got the conservative way of thinking.