The Academic Council approved the self-evaluation report for the University’s second institutional accreditation.
Ara Yeremyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation, presented the stages of the process, the results of the sociological research conducted within the framework of the process, methodological guidelines and other details.
Speaking about the future activities, Ara Yeremyan advised the members of the Academic Council to read and get familiarized with the report and hold discussions with lecturers and students until May.
“What do we teach? Whom do we teach? Do they want to learn? What IT tools do we use in the teaching process? ANQA specialists will try to reveal answers to these and other questions within the framework of the second institutional accreditation,” the vice-rector said.
ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan underlined that the accreditation process is yet another opportunity to summarize and assess the quality of the work done during the reporting period and to see once again that there is still much to be done.
The Academic Council approved the self-evaluation report for the ASPU institutional accreditation.
Organization of research and publishing activities
Srbuhi Gevorgyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Educational and Scientific Affairs, spoke about the scientific achievements of the University from 2015 to 2018. She underlined that the current achievements are the result of a slow process. “We still have a lot to do in order to turn our University into a research centre. The University’s research activity is consistent with the decisions of the Academic Council which emphasize the need for qualitative changes and internationalization,” she said.
Srbuhi Gevorgyan also presented the scope of scientific activities, the contracts the University has with international research institutions and the work done in that direction, the international conferences organized by ASPU, etc.
Referring to the number of publications in international journals and magazines from 2015 to 2018, the vice-rector said their number decreased compared to the previous year.
“By a decision of the University, in 2019, all lecturers of the University should have at least one scientific article published in Scopus, Web of Science databases. It will determine a lecturer’s rating along with other components,” Srbuhi Gevorgyan said adding that awareness raising events and discussions were held with heads of Chairs with this end in view.
The vice-rector also spoke about the electronic theses and dissertation repository which was created in 2018 and said it can be used equally by PhD candidates and BA students.
ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan stressed that English remains the language of science and lecturers who do not know the language will fail to reveal their scientific potential.
The Academic Council considered the process of organizing research and publishing activities at the University as satisfactory and decided to increase the effectiveness of scientific research activity by boosting participation in thematic financing contests, to encourage projects implemented jointly with international research institutions and to contribute to the publication of articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
In his report, Vahan Sargsyan, Head of the Centre for Internship, referred to the organization and coordination of internship, as well as defense of the results. In particular, he suggested instructing the faculties to contact the schools beforehand to discuss the possibility of organizing the internship in specific areas, instructing methodologists to conduct a detailed consultation, to provide methodological support and methodological materials to students, and to be in touch with students and school representatives on a daily basis. Each faculty will have internship coordinators who will deal with the organization of internship in regions. They will visit the regions once a week to conduct on-site supervision.
Vahan Sargsyan also emphasized the activation of students’ pedagogical and methodological activity in the process of reforming internship, practical application of methodological principles of teaching, definite formulation of the purpose of the lesson or the course, the right choice and application of different types of assessment.
By a decision of the Academic Council, third-year students taking a distance learning course at ASPU will have to defend the internship results.
Decisions on Structural Change
Taking into consideration the fact that the work in the Research Laboratory of Mathematics Education has been completed, and considering the need to set new strategic goals for future productive activities as well as workforce optimization, the Academic Council decided to suspend the funding to the Laboratory. The rector stressed that as a result of structural changes the employees of the laboratory were hired for other jobs; thereby they avoided layoffs.
By secret ballot, the Academic Council members bestowed the title of Associate Professor on Alla Mkrtchyan, Knarik Hovhannisyan, Gagik Karapetyan, Liana Gevorgyan, Sofia Avagyan and Victor Arzumanyan and the title of Professor on Armen Arustamyan.
Srbuhi Gevorgyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Educational and Scientific Affairs, submitted for the Council’s approval dissertation topics and books recommended for publication. The Deans of the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology and the Faculty of Primary Education and Foreign Languages presented the candidates for nominal scholarships – MA students Angela Gabrielyan, Mariam Manukyan, Elen Avetisyan and Eleonora Chukhajyan.
At the end of the meeting, ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan congratulated all those who are celebrating their birthday in March.