The second phase of annual Erasmus+ Information Days (awareness raising campaigns that shed light on Erasmus+ programme) was held at ASPU.
Welcoming the participants ASPU Vice-Rector Ara Yeremayan stressed that ‘the awareness campaign once again shows that internationalization of higher education is very important in our daily work.’
“Internationalization is not an end in itself. It is a tool that helps improve the quality while at the same time creating an opportunity to make learning meaningful in our region and beyond,” the vice-rector said wishing the participants effective work.
Ms. Lana Karlova, Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) in Armenia, spoke about the importance of the International Credit Mobility (ICM) programme which has been available in Europe for 30 years. She also referred to the problems that occur during the mobility between HEIs in programme countries.
“Credits should show how students study, and the academic process must be flexible. The number of Armenian students studying in European countries is greater than the number of students who arrive in Armenia,” said Lana Karlova. She added that mobility is easier to realize with other countries than within our country.
Speaking about the development of mobility programmes Lana Karlova particularly stressed the need to increase the number of foreign-language classes and cooperation of institutions dealing with internationalization of HEIs.
The annual awareness campaign was attended by representatives of the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, EU Delegations, higher education institutions, NGOs and other organizations.
Loreta Paulauskaité, International Contact Point for Erasmus+ Spanish National Agency, spoke about management and selection of International Credit Mobility programmes. She stressed that they are working not only on Erasmus, but on a number of other projects as well. She also emphasized their work with schools, vocational training institutions and consortia and added that the most difficult task in this context is the planning of the budget provided by the European Commission.
She then spoke about the successful collaboration between 15 Armenian and 11 Spanish universities as a result of which they have 127mobility programmes. Loreta Paulauskaité thanked for the successful and effective partnership and explained the reasons for delaying the approval of certain programmes.
"The basis of credit mobility is the international agreements and memorandums which are signed for the internationalization of HEIs. In this context, Erasmus+ programmes offer students and lecturers an opportunity to get acquainted with the experience and methodology of other countries, which they can later use in their universities,” said Marianna Harutyunyan, Head of the International Cooperation Unit at ASPU. She once again stressed the importance of programmes promoting internationalization of universities and credit mobility.
Her speech was followed by a panel discussion on “How to exploit the benefits of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Projects.” Representatives of higher educational institutions of Armenia and Spain stressed the importance of credit mobility for their universities and shared their experience.
During the two-day awareness campaign the participants also learned about the efficiency and continuity of Erasmus+ programmes in Armenia.