The International Conference on “Prospects of Higher Education Internationalization” was held within the framework of ERASMUS+ BOOST (Boosting Armenian Universities Internationalization Strategy and Marketing) project.
Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, stressed the importance of marketing and especially branding of universities in the internationalization of higher education. In this context he underlined the importance of elaborating foreign language programmes and ensuring their visibility in terms of making HEIs in Armenia accessible for international students.
Mr. Kristina Tsaturyan, Advisor to ASPU Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation and coordinator of the project, presented the work done within the framework of the three-year project (BOOST) as well as the steps expected in the future (detailed information can be found at: http://boost.aspu.am/).
Tatevik Gharibyan, a representative of the RA Ministry of Education and Science, focused on the main issues of the internationalization of Armenian universities, as well as the objectives of the national policy framework and tools for facilitating internationalization practices in Armenian HE which are in the development stage.
The project partners from Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Estonia, as well as Armenian partner universities, shared their experience in internationalization of universities, academic mobility, development of prospects and required intercultural communication skills, as well as internationalization strategy development activities in the frames of the project.
Participating in the conference were also representatives of the University of Minnesota. Christopher Johnstone, an expert of the University, spoke about the main types and objectives of international cooperation.
The wider objective of ERASMUS+ BOOST Project is to foster and promote further internationalization of Armenian Higher Education through development of national and institutional policy framework and tools. The coordinator of the project is Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan. The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.