On November 6, the Rectors of Armenian State Pedagogical University and University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (the Czech Republic) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on scientific and educational co-operation between the two universities. Under the document, the parties will carry out exchange of scientists, teaching staff and students; joint distance learning programmes, study programmes, summer schools and internships for students, and participate in conferences, symposia, trainings and seminars of mutual interest.
“South Bohemia is one of the leading scientific centres in Eastern Europe. The exchange of students and lecturers will allow students to integrate into the European education system. We believe that the current and future European educational programmes will contribute to its implementation,” said ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan.
He once again congratulated ASPU students and lecturers on the start of the important cooperation and stressed that the MoU envisages serious cooperation in various fields of education and science.
Tomáš Machula, Rector of the University of South Bohemia, thanked his Armenian counterpart for the warm welcome and confessed that he had little idea about Armenia before the visit.
“I have noticed that you pay particular attention to national identity, which is very important for each and every country in terms of implementing educational programmes and inter-university cooperation. Our university is a research institute and it has a lot of scientific, research, educational topics and programmes we can cooperate on,” Tomáš Machula said adding that they look forward to hosting ASPU students and professors at their university.
Bedřich Kopecký, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Armenia, also participated in the signing ceremony of the MoU. He said it was a great honour for him to participate in the ceremony and stressed that one of the primary responsibilities of an ambassador is to help deepen relations between countries. “In this context, inter-university cooperation is of particular importance, as cooperation is started between the younger generations. This is, first of all, important for the future of interstate relations,” the ambassador said. He voiced hope that the collaboration between the two universities is the beginning of a deeper collaboration between students and lecturers of the two countries. Bedřich Kopecký added that the Embassy will do everything to promote the cooperation.
The signing ceremony was followed by a concert, with students of the Faculty of Culture performing for the guests.