A few days ago, five lecturers of the Pedagogical University visited the History Institute of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Hungary.
The visit was organized with the support of the project Erasmus+ within the framework of the cooperation agreement signed between the two Universities in 2016.
The intensive 16-hour course about Archeology and Armenian Studies was presented by the Dean of the Faculty of History and Law Edgar Hovhannisyan, lecturers Khachatur Stepanyan, Samvel Poghosyan, Yervand Grekyan and invited lecturer of the Pedagogical University Mickael Badalyan.
The topics related to the Armenian Diaspora, its formation, actual issues, Armenian National Liberation Movement of the end of the 19th- beginning of the 20th century, reasons of the Armenian Genocide, its consequences, history and culture of the Armenian Highlands within the context of Ancient Middle East, and Armenian archeology.
During the visit, two additional public lectures were arranged by the request of the representatives of the Pazmany Peter Catholic University of Hungary, during which the Armenian specialists introduced the historical issues of the South Caucasus in the 19th -20th centuries, ethnic conflicts on the territory with the example of the NKR issue.
In separate meetings the delegates of the Pedagogical University also introduced the ASPU together with its Faculties, educational opportunities particularly for international students.
In his turn, the Dean of the Faculty of History and Law Edgar Hovhannisyan highlighted during his interview to the aspu.am that the Hungarian students, studying at the Pedagogical within the scope of the exchange programme between the two Universities, are positive about the learning processes.
“Their points of view and feedbacks have created vast interest among the Hungarian students towards Armenia. Those students are willing to continue their education at the ASPU; several MA students have already chosen the Armenian Studies as a topic for their graduate papers.”
Likewise, the Dean added that the Pedagogical University’s “Summer School” programme also to a large extent contributed to the establishment of the process; this year, an increase of the participants’ number is expected.
“It’s the first time that the Faculty is being challenged with such a practice, which, in fact, greatly affects the elimination of the lecturers’ linguistic obstacles and brings in more foreign students to the University.”
In 2016, the Chair of Armenian Studies was opened at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University, and the students of the History Institute of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were given the opportunity to become specialized in Armenian Studies. As a result, already more than a dozen students have shown preference to that profession.