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12On 2 October the “European Union National Institutes of Culture” (EUNIC) cluster opened in Armenia. During the event, the official EUNIC Charter was signed by the eight founding members, which was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between EUNIC Armenia and the European Union Delegation to Armenia. EUNIC is a global network of European Union national cultural institutes which includes 36 cultural institutes that represent 28 member states in over 100 countries. Established in 2006, the aim of EUNIC is to share best practice in culture, promote cultural diversity, and encourage mutual understanding. In Armenia, the EUNIC cluster was established in summer of 2018 by eight members: the Goethe Institute, Yerevan Committee of Dante Alighieri Associations, the Embassies of France, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Bulgaria in Armenia. The responsibilities for the 2018-2019 presidency of EUNIC Armenia will be fulfilled by the British Council in Armenia and the vice-presidency will be held by the French Embassy.

ARS_7135The EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski congratulated all involved: “EUNIC is a global network, it exists in more than 100 states and it has found its way to a very cultural nation. The establishment of the EUNIC cluster in Armenia coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage, another symbolic coincidence. Establishing the EUNIC cluster in Armenia has been significant; it will unite our efforts. This is not just familiarising Armenia with European culture and identity, but using cultural relations to expand partnership and opportunities between our counties. I hope it will result in new activities and initiatives that will promote the European culture”.

ARS_7154The President of EUNIC Armenia, the Director of the British Council in Armenia Arevik Saribekyan, highlighted the cluster’s challenging agenda and its three main strategic directions: “Firstly, we want to introduce best experience and practice from the EU as well as expert knowledge to support the Government’s officials and institutions dealing with culture. The second priority is to promote cultural diversity. Our third priority is to strengthen the creative sector by encouraging and supporting creative initiatives”.

On 19 June the European Union Delegation to Armenia welcomed the students, selected under #Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme, before their departure to study in Europe. Armenian students will have the opportunity to obtain an MA degree in European universities and get a double European diploma.

ARS_8551The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, welcomed students and representatives of embassies of EU member states followed by a series of presentations on Erasmus+ educational opportunities, as well as the Erasmus Mundus Alumni experience exchange. The students had the chance to ask any questions they had. Erasmus+ is an EU programme launched on 1 January 2014 aimed at boosting skills and employability, as well as to offer more opportunities for cooperation across the education, training, youth and sport sectors. As something new, the programme for the first time provides support for sport. As an integrated programme by 2020, the programme will grant €14.7 billion to mobility and strategic partnerships for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience, and volunteer abroad. To achieve its objectives, Erasmus+ follows 3 strategic directions: learning mobility of individuals; cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices; support for policy reform; Jean Monnet activities and actions in the field of sport.

ARS_8611Ambassador Świtalski congratulated the guests: ‘We consider Erasmus+ as a very important part of our activity in Armenia. We hope that you will profit from this opportunity, come back to Armenia, and be able to put all you have learned to practice. I hope you will get good jobs, a problem in Armenia. I have met some alumni that have been struggling to get jobs – Armenia has to work on its unemployment rate and the EU is ready to help. We hope you will enjoy your experience and become good ambassadors of the EU’.

Read more about Erasmus+ on the website of the European Commission and visit the website of the National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia.