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The EU-funded twinning project called “Empowerment of the Tertiary Level Education of the Republic of Armenia for European Higher Education Are Integration” was launched on 1 October in Yerevan. This project will contribute to the strengthening of cooperation on social development, in particular educational reform. This will be in line with EU best practices in the field of training systems, quality assurance, and the reform of the tertiary education system. This is expected to enhance the system’s quality and relevance to the labour market.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, highlighted the crucial role of the project and its contributions to the education system: ‘The fields of education and training have been recognised as key drivers within the “Europe 2020” strategy to boost growth and jobs, and foster social equity and inclusion. This twinning project will contribute to strengthening cooperation between Armenia and the EU on higher education, in particular by upgrading the legislative framework, as well as reforming the tertiary educations system in terms of quality and correspondence to the labour market’.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) of Armenia (the beneficiary), the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Several higher education institutions and 60 experts will be engaged in the project from Finland and Germany, as well as additional experts from Estonia.

First Deputy Minister of Economy Garegin Melkonyan presented the backdrop of similar projects in Armenia on behalf of the Ministry, which coordinates twinning projects: ‘Since 2009 there have been 19 twinning projects carried out in Armenia. As we all know, twinning is one of the biggest large-scale projects realised by the EU in Armenia. The preparatory period of the project usually takes one year, and the project itself usually lasts for 2 years, during which selected experts from EU member states enter relevant local institutions and help to shape daily routines in order to ensure best practice’.

This new twinning initiative has four main components: 1) reviewing legislation, 2) enhancing the capacities of relevant institutions, 3) supporting higher education institutions with regard to programmes under principal areas of the Bologna process, and 4) introducing a national qualification network compatible with employers’ and students’ requirements. The project is funded by the European Union with an overall budget of €1 million and has a duration of 24 months.