Brusov State University
Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS) has successfully incorporated 85-year-old traditions, innovative ideas. The University offers undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA), postgraduate (PhD) programs in various linguistic, philological, intercultural and educational studies for about 3000 students. The university is well known for its significant success in different disciplines: Teaching Foreign Languages, Translation Studies, Comparative Linguistics, Languages and IT, International Journalism, International Tourism, European Studies, Political Science, Education Management, and Multilingual and Multicultural Education. All the students are offered to study at least three foreign languages. Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese are taught as major; 15 other languages are taught as minor. There are 157 PhDs, 12 Doctors of Science, 111 Associate Professors and 16 Professors. Internationalization is a strategic priority for the University. The University brings together foreign lecturers from 14 regions of the world and students from 10 different countries. YSULS is actively involved in EU mobility and inter-university cooperation programs (ERASMUS+ actions, Jean Monnet Module, European Solidarity Corps, etc.).
Successful integration of students and graduates into the global labour market has become one of the most important priorities for the University. Preparing students to compete at the global labour market YSULS promotes closer cooperation with employers, business sector, entrepreneurs and pays attention to the development of various student services. YSULS has been involved in CBHE SMART Project (Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via Smart Caffes). Within the frame of the project SMART Caffe was established at the premises of the University in September 2019. The mission is to encourage students and young researchers to actively use their intellectual potential to generate innovative ideas. To fulfill this mission, various actions have been undertaken: ToTs revised curricula, initiated start-ups, enhanced cooperation with the business sector, etc.
- Number of students – 2968
- Number of Bachelor degrees offered – 26
- Number of Master degrees offered – 15
- Number of PhD degrees offered – 8
Association for Creative-Innovative and Durable Development
Association for Creative-Innovative and Durable Development is a non-governmental organization unite a group of more than 50 researchers, professors and youth workers from Armenia and Georgia. The Organization was created with the specific goal to increase promote the development of education, research, creativity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, transfer of technology and innovation in Armenia and abroad, in compliance with international standards, as well as to contribute sustainable development of priority areas of society and the state. In order to meet the goals, the NGO is implementing capacity building, educational and youth development programs. Through its activities and projects, the Organization pays great attention to the following priority areas: education, research, socio-economic field, innovation and technology transfer, infrastructure development, information and communication technologies, culture, youth, etc. The Creativity NGO productively cooperates with local, regional, national and international organizations, foundations, HEIs, research institutions, civil society organisations, as well as the entrepreneurial sector. For the successful implementation of the aims and objectives, Creativity NGO is actively involved in the national wide-scale projects, focuses on the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches in education and research, various programs and short courses, conducts research and provides consultancy in the fields of project management, entrepreneurship, promotion and expansion of start-up businesses, formation of innovative communities and ecosystems. The Organization participates in activities promoting information, debates and dialogue on the priority areas for our organization through conferences, seminars, specialized publications, national and international events organized by the universities, academies, etc. Within the frame of the activities is the connection of the HEIs with the business sector, development of the possible programs and the supervision of the process of implementation.
Creativity’s team is one of its greatest assets. The team-members are engaged in the fields of education, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, project management from 2007. The team comprises professors, educators, researchers, project managers and coordinators, as well as a number of high-quality volunteers. Staff was engaged in the management and implementation of significant projects in Armenia and were involved as project managers, trainers, leaders, mentors, researchers, experts.
“Vanadzor State University after H. Toumanyan” Foundation
Vanadzor State University was founded on 9 July, 1969. VSU is considered to be the largest higher educational institution of Lori Region and strives to maintain its leading position as Armenia’s north regional education-service provider and research centre. Nowadays about 70% of regional teachers are VSU graduates; there is also a big number of graduates in the university academic staff (48.7%). Education is delivered at 5 faculties of the University: Philology, History and Geography, Pedagogy, Biology and Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
VSU has embarked on different activities and reforms which aim at integrating the University into EHEA. Since 2004 VSU has been delivering tertiary education: Bachelor’s (2004), Master’s (2008), Post-graduate Studies (2006). Education is based on the core principles of the ECTS.
Today VSU has close cooperation with around 30 major HEIs in Europe and post-soviet countries.
Since 2013, serious investments have been made to improve the level of higher education at VSU. As a result, five Tempus and four Erasmus Mundus mobility projects have been implemented at VSU. Due to Tempus projects the University has undergone positive structural changes and Erasmus Mundus mobility projects have given VSU students and staff an opportunity to gain European teaching and learning experience. Currently the University is involved in three Erasmus+ projects, BOOST /Boosting Armenian Universities Internationalization Strategy & Marketing /; PRINTeL / Change in Classroom: Promoting Innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries and ARMDOCT / Reforming Doctoral Education in Armenia in Line with Needs of Academia, Industry and Current EU practices. The wider objective of the BOOST Project is to foster and promote further internationalization of Armenian Higher Education through development of national and institutional policy framework and tools. Due to the PRINTeL project innovative teaching and learning methods are being implemented at VSU. The ARMDOCT project has started this year and is directed to the reforming the third cycle of HE in Armenia.
At present VSU has Erasmus+ bilateral agreements on International Credit Mobility with the 7 EU universities: University of Porto, Portugal; Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania; University of Granada, Spain; University of Linköping, Sweden; Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan; University of Erlangen, Germany and Angel Kanchev University of Ruse, Bulgaria.
The Lifelong Learning Centre established in 2015 carries out different functions which are as follows:
. raising the qualification of the university staff, their training and probation,
. continuous development of general, objective and research abilities of the university staff,
. development and consolidation of language skills and proficiency for different groups based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,
. organization of retraining, upgrading of qualification and retraining courses through effective combination and application of packages, internet and telecommunication technologies, on the basis of demand,
. raising employment rates with the help of short-term trainings for vulnerable groups,
. ensuring the implementation of the right to education without interruptions at work.
The University is in the process of implementing piloting distance learning courses. For that purpose a moodle has been developed which can enable compilation and provision of the needed information.
- Number of students – 1813
- Number of Bachelor degrees offered – 26
- Number of Master degrees offered – 12
- Number of PhD degrees offered – 6