EXPERT DISCUSSION AT ASUE WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF GORCHAKOV FUND (photos)
The Fund of “Support of Public Diplomacy” after A. M. Gorchakov in the RF with Russian team of experts carries out presentations, meetings with students and young scholars of Armenian Universities, research centers, media institutes and representatives of non-commercial organizations and scientific centers on July 1-4, 2014.
The fund is a Russiannon-commercial organization, was founded in 2010 to support Russian and foreign non-commercial organizations, to develop civil society, to be involved in foreign political processes. It conducts short term academic programs for young specialists in international relations.
Vardan Atoyan, Director of “National Security Research” program of “AMBERD” Research Center, Armenian State University of Economics, Candidate of Economics, has participated in academic program entitled “Caucasian Dialogue-2013” organized by Gorchakov Fund in Rostov-on-Don, on November, 2013, which has become the basis for recognition and establishment of cooperative relations. Considering the opportunity of the representatives’ visit to Armenia Vardan Atoyan initiated a discussion-meeting at “AMBERD” Research Center, Armenian State University of Economics.
Koryun Atoyan, ASUE Rector, Doctor of Economics, Professor, hosted the representatives of the Fund before the meeting would begin. Discussion of issues regarding mutual interest and cooperation prospects was held, at the end Koryun Atoyan expressed gratitude for the visit and handed a gift.
Gagik Vardanyan, Vice-rector of Science and Foreign Relations, Scientific Director of “AMBERD” Research Center, Armenian State University of Economics, Doctor of Economics, Professor, opened the discussion at Center for International Programs, highlighting long-standing friendship between the Armenian and Russian nations and kind traditions, join achievements, which should be preserved and enhanced.
Samvel Avetisyan, Head of “AMBERD” Research Center, Doctor of Economics, Professor also welcomed the guests.
Maria Borodachova, a representative of Gorchakov Fund, introduced her colleagues: Maria Lyamtseva, Andrey Areshev, Aza Mihranyan, Ilya Ivanov.
Maria Borodachova referred to activities and goals of the Fund, grant programs, cooperation perspectives with Armenian organizations, ways of getting financial support for carrying out projects in public diplomacy and international relations.
Armen Grigoryan, Director of “National Competitiveness and Internationalization of Research” Program of “AMBERD” Research Center, Candidate of Economics, Associate Professor, presented report entitled “Eurasian Union: Opportunities and Challenges”. Aza Mihranyan, a Researcher of Institute of CIS countries, Doctor of Economics, Professor, made an extensive speech on the discussed issue.
Suren Babajanyan, Chief Specialist of the Center, Candidate of Economics, presented the next report entitled “Eurasian Union in the Context of Global Challenges”.
Discussion was held round the topics raised by the speakers, questions were asked, Russian experts made speeches, then the results were summarized.
Gagik Vardanyan considered the meeting with Russian partners, open and frank discussion as an effective one and expressed hope that a new platform for cooperation would be created, which would ensure progress in public diplomacy.
Maria Borodachova evaluated the meeting, noting that the latter generated new ideas for future cooperation and expressed hope that new formats for mutual cooperation would be created in future.
Photos here (album).
ASUE Media and Public Relations Division
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