Within the framework of the project on “Promoting Internationalisation of Universities” the Pedagogical University welcomed representatives from the Swedish Institute and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
The Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Personnel Matters Mr. Ara Yeremyan assured that such meetings and initiatives organised within the scope of various projects give the opportunity to review and improve the University’s approaches in the area of internationalisation.
The Vice-Rector also assured that huge work had already been conducted in that area.
“If a few years ago we were seeking to ensure exchange of students and staff members between our partner universities; today we are paying attention to educational programmes and their approximation; this relates to all levels of education, and we would really like to know more about your practices”, added Mr. Ara Yeremyan and wished everybody effective work.
During the seminar, the Project Coordinator from the Swedish Institute Kamila Ristelle introduced the representatives of the ASPU and other universities of Armenia, as well as the NGO’s with the projects implemented by them.
The Head of the International Department of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Karin Knutson and the project Coordinator Victor Cordas presented the credit mobility programmes offered at their University, the joint Master’s Degree programmes, and the Swedish educational system. Besides, team-works were also arranged during the seminar.
Furthermore, the ASPU Rector Rouben Mirzakhanyan received the representatives of Swedish Institute and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and emphasized that those institutions played a great role both for the ASPU, and other countries as they were aiming at developing higher education.
In addition, Mr. Rouben Mirzakhanyan introduced the guests with the faculties offered at the university, spoke about its Robotics Laboratory, a number of exchange programmes, and significance of scholarships for students, as well as drew the foreign guests’ attention to the professions, which the ASPU had the monopoly of, particularly in the areas of special pedagogy and primary education.
“Sweden has immense experience in that sphere, thus, the targeted scholarships to train those specialists would satisfy the interest of our country; this is a part of educational system of European countries”, mentioned the Rector and assured that they would make all efforts for the collaboration to serve for the increase of the quality of students’ professional education.
The guests, in their turn thanked for the welcome and reception and mentioned that despite the fact that until then they had been cooperating mostly with technical universities, they decided to expand the scope of the mission and the range of educational programmes, to include pedagogy.
Next, the Project Coordinator from the Swedish Institute Kamila Ristelle added that their State Agency provided scholarships for student exchange projects to promote international cooperation.
“Our missions differ, but we will be happy to develop that pedagogical component together for the growth of general fundamentals for professional education. We will be happy to support the fulfilment of all of these aims with our joint efforts.”
Once again the guests outlined the importance of developing internationalisation with certain universities, thereby boosting up the interaction mechanisms, and assured that they aimed at making cooperation possible.
“The scope of our professional interest is broad, and the afore-represented Agency and us have a vested interest in pedagogy”, the representatives of the Swedish Institute and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology added.
Summing up, we would like to mention that since 2019 the KTH Royal Institute of Technology has been implementing the Intertool “Promoting Internationalisation of Universities” project funded by the Swedish Institute; the project collaborating countries are Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. The Armenian State Pedagogical University and the Vanadzor State University are the Armenian Project Coordinators therein.