From October 29 to November 5, 5 students of the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) participated in the “Fronts of Psychological Knowledge” international autumn school program at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE).
The one-week program in Moscow featured numerous events and visits in various fields of education and culture.
“The international academic school programs, which are jointly held by the ASPU and Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, symbolize the cooperation between the two institutions and form an integral part of the partnership. The experience of the previous years and the positive feedback from the students of Armenia and Russia show that such school programs are highly valuable for the participants. The annual student programs that the two universities implement, allow exchanging the best practices,” Head of the International Relations Division at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education Shushanik Usubyan stated as she greeted the students of the ASPU, adding that the MSUPE is glad to meet them again four years later within the scope of the program that was suspended for reasons known to us all.
During the autumn school program, students of the ASPU paid a visit to Moscow State University of Psychology and Education where they were introduced to the activities of a number of structures and units operating as part of the University.
The students also visited the “Rublevo” Student Center, as well as a scientific-educational center for neurocognitive studies, a scientific-methodical center supporting teachers, a federal resource-center for providing comprehensive support to children with autism spectrum disorder, the Institute for Experimental Psychology, etc.
The representatives of the ASPU also participated in the lectures delivered by the University’s leading professors and devoted to “Volunteerism as a Factor for Development of Civil Society” and “Psychology of Suicidal Behavior”, as well as the course entitled “Introduction to Social-Cultural Training” and the workshop devoted to “Cross-cultural Communication”.
Within the scope of the visit, the students of the ASPU attended a roundtable discussion (“The Role of Mentors in the Professional Growth of a Young Researcher”), which was organized as part of the international scientific-practical conference under the title “Mentorship in Pedagogical and Scientific Activities: Studies and Practice”. As a matter of act, ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan also participated in the conference online.
Besides the rich educational program, there were also cultural visits; the participants of the autumn school program enjoyed visits to historical landmarks in Moscow, visited Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and a number of theaters.
Tatevik Harutyunyan, who is pursuing her studies for a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology and Sociology at the ASPU, says she is impressed by the international autumn school program and attaches importance to the visit from the perspective of new knowledge and professional growth. What particularly attracted her attention was the school designed for children with autism spectrum disorder (the main goal of the school is to help children adapt to life, and in some cases, also to help them learn how to take care of their needs).
Tatevik Harutyunyan told aspu.am that she would like for the ASPU to have a section designed for students to rest and be involved in extracurricular activities and to have an opportunity to receive psychological support, just like at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education.
During the official closing of the autumn school program, Head of the International Relations Department at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education Shushanik Usubyan congratulated the students of the ASPU for participating in the program and granted certificates to them.
“The “Fronts of Psychological Knowledge” autumn school program, which has been carried out during the 12 years of close and fruitful cooperation, is the seventh academic exchange program in the Russian Federation and has been carried out jointly with the professors and students of the ASPU. We highly appreciate the opportunities for expanding knowledge in the sectors of psychology and pedagogy and are glad that we will be able to also apply the knowledge in practice in the future,” Shushanik Usubyan stated and voiced hope that the tradition will continue in the coming years as well, contributing to the exchange of knowledge and the best practices between the two universities.