ArmInfo. Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Dumanyan received coordinator of the Erasmus + national office Lana Karlova, project expert Arayik Navoyan.
According to the press service of the Ministry, during the meeting they discussed programs aimed at cooperation with the European Union-supported higher education system in Armenia through the Erasmus + program, capacity building of universities, mobility and innovation of students, teachers and university staff.
Stressing that the implementation of the Erasmus + program is one of the potential investments of the European Union in Armenia, Vahram Dumanyan emphasized the need to continue cooperation, suggesting to focus on programs that provide for institutional reforms in higher education.
Lana Karlova noted that during the entire cycle of Erasmus + activity in 2014-2020, which ended last year, about 30 programs were implemented in Armenia, within the framework of which Armenian universities, in cooperation with European and regional universities, formed consortia and participated in various programs.
10 of the listed programs have already been completed, 7 will be launched in the near future, and the rest are underway or at the final stage. Within the framework of one of the recently launched programs, the model of dual education in the workplace will be tested for the first time in the higher education system of Armenia.
During the meeting, the parties also discussed the work planned for the next stage of the Erasmus + program for 2021-2027.
The Minister noted the broader participation of the educational community in international cooperation programs, the tangible results of these programs, expressing readiness to ensure closer contact with the Erasmus + office on all programs that will contribute to the development of the higher education system in Armenia.
According to Lana Karlova, one of the main conditions for the effectiveness of the implemented programs is the correct selection of personnel, who in the future will effectively transfer their program experience and knowledge to potential beneficiaries of universities.
It was noted that within the framework of the Erasmus + program, Armenian universities cooperate with universities in Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and a number of other countries.
During the meeting, a number of issues related to the reforming of the higher education system in Armenia were also discussed.