ArmInfo.Armenian plenipotentiary structures do not respond to scandal in Israel, related to the diplomas of Armenian medical universities.
According to The Marker Israeli newspaper, Israel Health Care Ministry has not approved the diplomas of students who received an education in Armenia for more than a year. Moreover, the Ministry appealed to the Police to find out the validity of the diplomas issued to foreign students by Armenian medical universities.
In order to obtain clarifications on the current situation, ArmInfo has applied to some medical schools and to authorized bodies. However, it turned out that this topic does not interest plenipotentiary state structures, each of which tried to blame responsibility for another.
Thus, Anahit Haytayan, press secretary of Ministry of HealthCare told ArmInfo that this issue is not within the scope of the Ministry's powers and advised to apply to the Ministry of Education and Science.
However, the answer of the spokesman of the Ministry of Education and Science Luchine Markaryan was even more discouraging. According to Markaryan, the Ministry of Education and Science deals with global issues related to education, legislative regulation of the system, but not by individual educational institutions. From the words of the press secretary, it can be concluded that the international image of Armenian universities is not a global problem that is part of the interests, powers and competence of the Ministry of Education and Science. At the same time, Markaryan was not too lazy to give advice to address this issue to the medical universities of the country.
Following the advice of the ministry's press secretary, ArmInfo tried to take a comment from the Yerevan State Medical University named after Mkhitar Heratsi. Thus, press secretary of YSMU Shushan Danielyan stated that the information of the Israeli media does not refer to the YSMU. Moreover, according to her, students graduating from this university, occupy leading positions in the field of public health and in international medical organizations. "It is important to note that of all medical universities in the country, only Heratsi University has the accreditation of the National Center for the Quality of Vocational Education. In addition, over the past 6 years, the University graduated 10 students from Israel and no problems or complaints about their professional activities were received by the University. I will also add that graduates of our university work in 40 countries around the world, and now more than 1,700 students from 26 countries, including Israel, receive training at the M. Heratsi State Medical University. And also more than 4200 successful graduates of our university work in professional medical organizations in different countries of the world. Recently, the official bodies of Jordan recognized and tested all the medical specialties and basic qualifications of our university, "Danielyan said.
What about private medical schools, Armenian Medical University administration told ArmInfo correspondent that the scandal that erupted in Israel concerns diplomas given by another private educational institution - the Haybusak University. As for the "Armenian Medical University" itself, according to the administration, they never had students from abroad, since there are no specialists who teach at the proper level in English and the necessary educational material in foreign languages. "So, we have never had foreign students in the history of the university and we will not have in the near future>,the university informs. A similar response was received from another private medical college of the Mehrabyan University.
To note, Haybusak University representatives refused to comment on the phone on the current situation. Earlier, the Israeli edition The Marker reported that the Israeli police are verifying the complaint filed by Health Care Ministry of the country over the diplomas issued to medical universities in Armenia. The Israeli Ministry of Health suspects that these documents may be false. It is reported on the activities of the whole industry, transferring Arab students to Armenia who could not continue their studies at well-known universities and who are finishing their education in Armenia. According to The Marker, the head of the Association of Dentists in the Arab Sector Phari Hassan, Israel has special agents who find Arab students studying medicine or dentistry in countries such as Jordan, Germany or Italy that did not cope with the initial stage of training. For these students, for a fee, agents (also Arabians) are offered to move to Armenia, which includes housing and training at local universities. Students move to Armenia, where they are met by a representative of this industry, also an Arab who cares about their needs. In institutions where they start training, it is not necessary to retake the passed course, they start their studies immediately from the second or third year of training, and receive diplomas for five years of study. However, it is not clear whether they studied at these universities at all. The publication notes that on the basis of these certificates, the Ministry of Health of Israel has not approved the diplomas of students returning from Armenia for more than a year. Also in Israel issued a special warning that students wishing to receive training in Armenia should take into account that their diplomas may not be accepted. In Israel, the publications report that the Armenian authorities recently began to investigate this issue after revealing a large influx of Israelis and students from various Arab countries.
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