ARMENIAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS WILL HEAD TEMPUS PROJECT FOR THE FIRST TIME: THE START IS GIVEN
Launch meeting of “Armenian coordination “University-Employer” Agency” Tempus Project (№ 530321 TEMPUS-1-2012-1-AM-TEMPUS-SMHES) (“Ararat”) took place in Armenian State University of Economics today, the representatives of the project’s partner organizations: Koblenz-Landau University (UKOLD), Germany, European Centre of Studies and Initatives (CESIE), Italy, Information Systems management Institute (ISMA), Latvia, World University Service-Austrian Committee (WUS), Austria, University of Alicante (UA) Spain, as well as the ones of Armenian State Pedagogical University nemed after Kh. Abovyan, Armenian State Engineering University and Vanadzor Branch of the latter, Pedagogical Institute in Gyumri, Armenian-Russian (Slavonic), Gavar, Goris State Universities, National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance, "Synopsis Armenia" CJSC, Armenian National Student Association visited ASUE.
We inform that Armenian State University of Economics has won 3 projects of Tempus, has become a coordinator of one of the projects (“Ararat”). “Ararat” is a national three-year project and is aimed to create and to strengthen university-employer contact.
A coordinator of “Armenian coordination “University-Employer” Agency” Nerses Gevorgyan welcomed the participants, highlighting the implementation of the project in Armenia, especially in Armenian university.
ASUE Rector Koryun Atoyan welcomed and congratulated the participants on the launch of the project. “The universities are being reconstructed according to new challenges. They become open platforms for independent and creative mind, serving the society educational, scientific and other services. The exchange of information and documentation for the essential development of knowledge at the universities are needed, besides it is utmost necessary to have joint programmes as to enhance quality of education”, considering the role of university essential in implementing educational joint projects and programs, said the Rector. He said that Universities should gradually overcome marginalization and become not only open platforms/systems, but also they should bridge education with labour market. All the stakeholders, students, parents, employers, alumni, state organizations, NGO-s, in a word, the whole public should be involved in this process.
ASUE Rector observed that in modern world the mission of universities is not only to give education, but also to transfer knowledge, skills and competences necessary for independent, creative and active citizen.
““ARARAT” project, which we're going to implement during 3 years, is aimed to the salvation of theses challenges”, said Koryun Atoyan mentioning that the goal of the project is to promote university – market cooperation, to implement educational reforms according to market needs.
The Head of the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education of the RA Ministery of Education and Science Robert Suqiasyan mentioned that the RA Ministery of Education and Science paid a special attention to Tempus projects, because of which such a field was created, where the universities could cooperate. He hoped that “Ararat” project headed by Armenian State University of Economics would also help the Ministery of Education and Science to find better tools to strengthen university-employer contact.
A coordinator of “Tempus” Project’s National Office Lana Karlova welcomed partner countries and participants. Presenting “Ararat” project to the partnets and participants, she assured that being a coordinator of such project in Armenia for the first time , ASUE would coordinate and implement it successfully.
The Head of the Department of Policy Development and Implementation of Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Susanna Karakhanyan also mentioned that’s first time that the University coordinated the project and presented the main directions of the project.
Works of “Ararat” project will be continued tomorrow, on December 14.
ASUE Media and Public Relations Division