“Statehood has been and remains the highest value, and it is highly important that our new generation realize it properly. We cannot consume it for an indefinite period of time; on the contrary, we must build and strengthen our country with our daily dedication, cherish the achievements of the 30 years of independence and contribute to the strengthening of our country,” Edgar Hovhannisyan, Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Science, said during the opening of the conference "Independence, Statehood and Homeland".
Stressing the importance of the conference organized by the Student Scientific Society on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Hovhannisyan first congratulated the students on the event and then urged the youth to stand up and preserve the achievements of the decades as the apple of their eye.
“For many of you, this conference is the first step in science. Some of you will understand today whether you have anything to do in science or not. Independence, statehood and homeland are great values,” said Prof. Samvel Poghosyan, Deputy Dean for Science and International Cooperation. He added that the generation of independence will be able to choose the right path contributing to the development of the homeland.
Prof. Khachatur Stepanyan, Head of the Chair of World History and its Teaching Methods, stressed that ‘Homeland is not measured by modern measurement units; Homeland cannot be measured but it is a value and science is the best way to reach the truth.’
The historian congratulated the conference participants wishing everyone success in science.
Not only students from ASPU, but also invitees from Gavar State University and Vanadzor state university made reports during the conference.
In their reports, the speakers dwelt on the role of social media in the 44-day war in Artsakh, the prerequisites for the declaration of independence of the Third Republic of Armenia, the political activity of the last 30 years, building of an independent Armenian state in the early 1990s, negotiation process over Artsakh in 1994-1998, Artsakh's right to self-determination and other issues.
At the end of the conference, all participants were given certificates of participation.