One of the objectives of the Summer School 2019 is to arm participants with new skills and abilities. With this aims a series of lectures, discussions and courses are organized within the framework of the international student programme.
On the first day, together with Anna Hakhumyan, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Unit at ASPU, and Associate Professor Davit Poghosyan, a discussion entitled “Me and Armenia” was organized during which the participants presented their ideas about Armenia before their visit to the country - starting from Ararat, Armenian fruits to famous cultural monuments.
Further on, Lecturers Ani Khudoyan and Serob Khachatryan delivered bilingual lectures. Together with Ani Khudoyan, the students studied stages of social psychology during revolutions, assumed the roles of famous scientists through role-playing games and then determined the group leader through a psychological test. Together with Serob Khachatryan, the participants discussed the philosophy of education and the problems faced by the 21st century students.
Also, the participants of the Summer School attended a lecture entitled Journalism in Developing Countries conducted by journalist Gevorg Mnaatsakanyan. Together with Marianna Harutyunyan, they discussed the need for inclusive education and a number of issues existing in their countries.
“I like the lectures because we discuss a number of interesting topics,” said Anna Urshula, a student of University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. She added that she likes it when balance is preserved between lectures and entertainment.
During the meeting with students, Narine Avetyan, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History at Yanka Kupala State University, spoke about society's systemic characteristics, while Samvel Asatryan, Associate Professor at ASPU, spoke about the impact of the media on the educational revolution.
During the meeting with Tigran Mikaelyan, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at ASPU, the proramme participants discussed a number of issues, including the need to express and share their opinion. They agreed that it’s important to consider who expresses it and the target audience. Together with the working groups they discussed the opinion formulation process and the basic principles of its presentation. Later on an attempt was made to formulate current issues in education to present them to the public. In this context, the working groups stressed the importance of innovation, motivation and student-centered approaches.
Talking to aspu.am, the participants said that the lectures are interesting, as they enable them to analyze current issues in education, learn new skills and abilities. The participants will apply the knowledge gained during the lectures in the near future.