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The aim of the international conference is to inform the professional community about the challenges of contemporary psychology, as well as to promote exchange of experience with professional psychological schools in different countries, establishing professional ties and expanding cooperation. The conference is attended not only by specialists from Armenia, but also from Russia, Germany, France and a number of other countries.

First of all, the guests and colleagues were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology Alexan Baghdasaryan who wished the conference participants an effective and meaningful working day.

Then Hrant Avanesyan, the Head of the Chair of General Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology, presented the plenary session participants, who touched upon researches and theories.

Thematic discussions, round tables will be held during the conference, which will be attended not only by the participants of the conference and by professors, but also students.



Master classes on "Contemplation of Entrepreneurship", "Comparison of Southetic techniques. Yoga, Meditation, Self-Development", "Motivational Interview in Psychotherapy "," Psychological Interpretation of Subtext (Conflict Evaluation and Prevention)"and" Psychological Security and Fairness for Students. Applied Psychology in the Context of Philological Education " are also envisaged.

The work of the conference will continue in the coming days as well. Specialists from different thematic departments will deliver reports on conflict, age, social, interpersonal psychology, family education, mental health, and practical and theoretical issues in a number of other fields.

Let us add that the international conference is being held since 2007, bringing together leading experts from more than 12 countries. Each year, conference includes topical issues from psychological education to large-scale research and different practice.

YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Vahram Mkrtchyan, YSU Vice-rectors, Deans of faculties, Deputy Deans, Heads of different departments, lecturers and students were present at the event.


The third year student of the Faculty of Journalism Karine Simonyan and second year student of the Faculty of International Relations Garnik Arakelyan welcomed the audience: "2017 is a jubilee year for the SSS as it marks the 70th anniversary of its foundation. Over the years of its existence, the SSS has contributed to the scientific, creative and spiritual development of students, has organized periodic conferences and workshops, seminars and lectures, published scientific articles of young scientists and students."


Vice-Rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan, who was the Chairman of the SSS in 1998-2001, welcomed those present on behalf of YSU Administration: "SSS, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, implements a number of events, among which the SSS annual conference is, which brings together the largest number of young researchers in Armenia, and this year it has wide international coverage."


Expressing gratitude to the scientific supervisors, Mr. Markosyan highlighted the publication of numerous collections of scientific articles of the SSS and presented the other works carried out by the SSS.


Deputy Minister of Education and Science Vahram Mkrtchyan welcomed everyone, highly appreciated the activities of the SSS and noted that it is very encouraging to organize such a conference: "The Ministry of Education and Science is developing a new draft of law with an important role in the science-university-economy relations."


SSS Chairman Mher Hakobyan, summing up the work of the SSS 4th international conference, first of all thanked all the people and structures who contributed to this important mission: "The preparatory work of the conference began a year ago and we had more than 500 applications from four parts of the world, which was an unprecedented thing for us. The previous 5 days were very important for the history of the organization. About 170 speeches were made in 17 professional sections, scientific debates were held that made this conference a great platform for dialogue, where young people offered innovative ideas and demonstrated great scientific potential. Our conference has also become a significant event for those who came from 14 countries, whose active participation and interesting reports have made the conference more productive."


Mher Hakobyan expressed hope that the conference will positively impact on the participants' scientific activities and the relations formed during the conference will make Armenia a meeting place for further scientific events.


Former YSU SSS chairmen handed encouraging prizes (professional books and diplomas) to the participants for the best reports in different sections.


During the event, YSU Cultural Center members made beautiful and unique performances.

The annual international conference was organized by YSU Faculty of Sociology and aims to find answers to contemporary sociological issues.


Dean of the faculty Arthur Mkrtichyan welcomed the guests and participants during the opening ceremony of the conference and expressed hope that the conference on important issues will be productive: “I want effective cooperation and I hope the final result will satisfy us all.”


Head of the Chair of Applied Sociology at YSU Faculty of Sociology, chief organizer of the conference Artur Atanesyan also welcomed and wished success to the participants of the conference and mentioned that the conference will be held in 4 sections: “Today, the work will continue in “Migration and Intercultural Communication” and “Modern Migration Processes and Migration Policy Issues” and on the second day of the conference “Migration, Identity and Harmony” and “Migration, Regional Policy and Security” sections.


In an interview with us Arthur Atanesyan said: “Migration today is very relevant both for Armenia and Europe, and as a result of these migration processes identity is one of the main problems of sociology and multiculturalism (coexistence of representatives of different cultures, collision, etc.).”


Arthur Atanesyan also added that the representatives of partner universities mainly participate in the conference: “Representatives of more than ten HEIs from Russia, participants from Germany, Georgia and, of course, from Armenia, most of them are YSU Faculty of Sociology specialists, officers-analysts of the RA Presidential Administration, NSS expert and RA Defense Ministry representative make reports and presentations.”


Reports presented during the conference will be published in scientific magazines approved by the RA HAC.


Let us note that the conference will continue tomorrow.

Professor came up with a lecture on "Greek, Assyrian and Iranian borrowings in Old Armenian". Head of the Chair of Iranian Studies, lecturers and students of various years were present at the meeting. The lecture was delivered in English.


The aim of the event is to introduce students and lecturers to the recent studies on Armenology in Europe. The Chair of Iranian Studies cooperates with Andrea Scala in the spheres of Armenology, Iranian studies and Gypsy Studies.


Vardan Voskanyan, Head of the Chair of Iranian Studies, noted that as it often does not succeed in introducing students to European science in Europe, the Chair regularly hosts lecturers from abroad.

 

"It is a privilege for us to cooperate with leading European universities. I am also glad that our chair is a bridge between Iran and European countries," - said Mr. Voskanyan.


At the suggestion and initiative of the chair various trainings are organized regularly. Vardan Voskanyan also added that sometimes students offer themselves what kind of specialist they want to meet with.

In 2011, 6 higher educational institutions were selected from the state and non-state HEIs within the framework of the "Education Improvement" program co-financed by the World Bank and the Government of Armenia. It will operate 2 years and it is planned to finish in December 2017.

 

The program aims to improve educational, research and innovation in microbiology and biotechnology, as well as prepare competitive personnel in the field of micro and biotechnology.

 

“Armenia has admitted and further continued to develop the Bologna process to integrate into the European educational space. All this is not just words. We need to buy modern equipment, revise or improve various educational programs and improve the quality of the education provided in general, so that we can at least seek to meet those standards, be competitive and meet labor market requirements,” - says YSU Biology Institute Deputy Director, Researcher, YSU Program coordinator Karen Trchunyan.

 

Within the framework of the project, the modern equipment has been acquired and installed, including state-of-the-art newest equipment (noise compartment, ultraviolet radiator refrigerator, dual-band microscope, gas and fluid chromatographs, etc.) and lifecycle management system.

 

“Students are given the opportunity not only to get theoretical but also practical knowledge. We work in that direction. Almost every week the seminars are held mainly in English because all the equipment and software are in English today,” - says Karen Trchunyan.

 

 

During the project implementation, monitoring was carried out by YSU, consortium members and representatives of the CSO PIU. Students, young scientists, lecturers have already been able to get acquainted with the center’s work.

 

Starting from September 1, some of the courses offered by the Master’s Program in Microbiology and Biotechnology are being implemented in the framework of the Innovation Competitiveness Foundation (CIF). Seminars and discussions are organized for bachelor and master students.

 

At the end of the program it is envisaged to have a new master program which will start working from the next academic year.