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Representatives of Russian and Armenian higher schools agree on cooperation


10.07.2020

The geography of foreign offices of the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO is becoming broader and broader. After the Chinese University of Mining and Technology, the National Polytechnic University of Armenia has got the same status.


The cooperation agreement was signed on Friday, July 10, by Vladimir Litvinenko, Chairman of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Competence Centre, and Ruben Aghgashyan, Acting Rector of Yerevan University. They qualified the document as “an instrument that will only work if it falls into the hands of a master”. And they expressed confidence that the professionalism inherent in both sides will allow achieving the stated goals through more active integration into the international scientific and educational space.


Vladimir Litvinenko reminded that the two states were formed in the same ideological system, went through serious trials, and together won the Great Patriotic War. It means that the development of partnership relations between the Russian and Armenian higher schools is quite a logical step, which all participants of the association can benefit from.

One of our tasks is to increase the competence of the graduates, to create a quality personnel reserve, which is in demand in our national economies. Unfortunately, many of our present educational programs are written according to the standards that have remained since the times of the USSR. At the same time, the labor market imposes new requirements on higher education institutions. Businesses need specialists who are well aware of modern technologies and have additional competences. They know a foreign language, understand the economics of production processes, have knowledge of specialized computer programs and so on. In order to meet the demands of our employers, we need serious cooperation.

Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

In addition, Litvinenko stated that the title of engineer should be awarded to young people after accreditation by experts of professional communities. He recalled that the introduction of a single global system for the certification of engineers is one of the goals to be achieved through the establishment of an International Centre of Excellence in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO.


Ruben Aghgashyan, Acting Rector of the Armenian National Polytechnic University, called this and other missions of the Center of Competences extremely relevant for many countries of the world. Among the most important directions of cooperation he also mentioned the improvement of teachers’ qualification, increase of integration with production, joint research in such spheres as efficient use of energy resources in mining and processing industries, polymer nanocomposites, robotics, mechanical engineering and others.

The agreement that we signed today is very different from the agreements that we signed with our colleagues earlier, as those were rather narrowly focused. Here, we join the consortium, representing not only ourselves, but all higher educational institutions of Armenia. This, of course, imposes additional responsibility. I am confident that through our joint efforts we will be able to achieve the necessary result.

Acting Rector of the Armenian National Polytechnic University Ruben Aghgashyan


It should be noted that Kirill Molodtsov, Assistant to the Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, Valery Yazev, President of the National Committee of the World Petroleum Council, Head of Mining of Russia attended the signing ceremony along representatives of the Armenian government and professional communities, as well as the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Yerevan.

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