The board of the Pedagogical University held a meeting on February 7. At the start of the meeting, the members of the Board unanimously approved the agenda of the session. Ara Yeremyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation, presented a report on the implementation of anti-corruption strategies.
The latter presented the legal and methodological framework, accountability and transparency in curriculum development and student assessment, toolkit to enhance transparency and accountability in governance of higher education institutions. He added that they were guided by the same principles when writing the programme of the current year.
“To significantly mitigate corruption risks, to increase the quality of public services provided at the University, to improve the perception of social justice, strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of the University both internally and externally, etc. In addition to these and other goals of the programme, Mr. Yeremyan also spoke about the main issues of the programme.
The vice-rector highlighted the role of the administrative staff, Student Council, Trade Union, students and professors and presented in detail the factors which will allow reducing the corruption risks starting from ensuring transparency and publicity of the allocation and expenditure of funds to the establishment of an electronic system to verify the authenticity of a diploma.
Speaking about the implementation of 2018 Action Plan foreseen under the 2016-2020 Strategic Development Program, Ara Yeremyan added that implementation of its components was discussed at the relevant structures of the University administration.
In their speeches, the board members emphasized the need to conduct surveys among students about implementation of the anti-corruption strategy, which will allow determining the steps to be taken in the next academic year to fill the gap. In response to the concerns, Mr. Yeremyan said a clear schedule was developed to introduce a on "Key issues in the fight against corruption” in Bachelor’s degree programme, later on a Master's degree programme. The board members agreed that first of all willpower is necessary to minimize corruption risks.
Arevik Anapiosyan, a member of the Board and Deputy Minister of Education and Science, once again highlighted the importance of such meetings and said they will help solve problems in general education. The deputy minister added that it is important to have the courage to speak about the issues in the field of pedagogy.
The board members were also familiarized with 2019 anti-corruption strategies, goals and principles, as well as prerequisites for implementation.
The members of the board started an active discussion over the current reforms at the University. The participants of the discussion voted in favour of the anti-corruption programme.