An interuniversity student conference initiated by the Student Scientific Society of Armenian State Pedagogical University kicked off at the University on May 2. MA students from four universities – ASPU, Yerevan State University, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and Gladzor University – participated in the conference.
Srbuhi Gevorgyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Educational and Scientific Affairs, welcomed the conference participants on behalf of the University administration and teaching staff, expressing confidence that similar initiatives, which have developed into a good tradition, provide new qualitative changes not only in cognitive, but also in social behaviour of students.
The vice-rector expressed satisfaction with the topics presented at the conference, saying they covered a wide range of scientific fields - psychology, computer science, history and economy, and focused on important scientific problems and specific issues. “It is encouraging that most of the conference participants are MA students. In the past four years, ASPU has been paying great attention to Master's Degree programmes and the ongoing reforms are mainly aimed at educational programmes and separate academic disciplines. We consider the direction of each faculty, the realm of interests, scientific innovation and the strategy to develop the university as a research university,” she said.
Participants of the interuniversity student conference also discussed issues related to the negligence and protection of human rights by the national legislation, children's rights at the domestic and international levels, challenges of inclusive education, psychological trauma, psychology of gifted children, effects of computer addiction in the development of teenagers, etc.
Given the deadly events of April, the MA students also referred to military themes in their reports, specifically, military operations in Khojaly, Azerbaijan’s falsification, war as a psychological characteristic of conflict, social and psychological fitness of participants of military actions in non-combat conditions, psychological motivations of women’s involvement in military actions, premises of the proclamation of the First Republic, etc.
Srbuhi Gevorgyan highlighted the importance of selected topics, stressing that in a transforming society and in our troubled world the safety of the inner world of an individual and each step towards a historic identity get a new meaning and become a subject of analysis.
Mariam Melkumyan, who chairs the ASPU Student Scientific Society, stressed the importance of active cooperation of the SSS with various scientific institutions, saying the interuniversity scientific conference is an evidence of it.
“This conference greatly differed from the previous one because it included reports on the tragic events of April. We had a chance to look at current issues through the eyes of students, combining theoretical and practical analyzes presented by students: this was also one of the objectives of the scientific session,” she said to aspu.am.