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Tempus – 32 training programmes implemented in 10 years

23 April 2010

Tempus is an EU programme which encourages higher education reform in partner countries. Tempus helps Armenian universities to come in contact with the universities in the EU. It helps improving the courses, organizational and administrative practices. The programme also offers mobility for staff and students.
Although Armenian universities have already made a lot of improvements, Armenia’s higher education still needs reforms. Over the past ten years, Armenia has implemented thirty-two Tempus training programmes, all aimed at modernization, and the results have been promising. However, even with new curricula and working practices introduced, many universities continue to revert to using old methods. More efforts will be necessary to bring Armenia’s education closer to the standards of the universities in the European Union.
Lana Karlova, representative of the National Office of Tempus in Armenia, says that despite certain opportunities, not everything is transparent and accessible to students: “We need much more work on reforms in the education system, the administrative system and creating a connection between higher education and society”.
One of the methods encouraged by Tempus is the use of the credit system for evaluating students. Students gain credits when taking courses, which are transferrable in different universities and thus simplify the educational process.
[pullquote]Armenia has implemented 32 Tempus training programmes[/pullquote]

However, the system suffers from poor dissemination of information. Not every student understands what it means to collect credits and how to use them while studying in European universities or after returning to Armenia. As a result, students sometimes have to pass an exam on the same subject twice – once in a foreign university, and then in a local one. Students are also often not aware they could study a chosen subject in another faculty, which is one of the advantages of the credit system.

The situation has improved at YSU, which has already participated in nine Tempus programmes. The Vice Rector of YSU for Academic Affairs, Alexander Grigoryan, highlighted two important programmes in the reform work; the programme of implementing the credit system and the programme of creating of an internal structure, which ensures quality of education.

In 2009, within the overall programme, 54 EU and partner countries have submitted a total of 608 programme proposals from which 69 have been chosen. Armenia is being involved in three programmes, while last year participated in four, which are still ongoing. During the last 20 years Tempus has funded about 7,000 programmes, involving nearly 2,000 universities from the EU and partner countries.

Tempus – 32 training programmes implemented in 10 years

Tempus is an EU programme which encourages higher education reform in partner countries. Tempus helps Armenian universities to come in contact with the universities in the EU. It helps improving the courses, organizational and administrative practices. The programme also offers mobility for staff and students. Although Armenian universities have already made a lot of improvements, Armenia’s higher education still needs reforms. Over the past ten years, Armenia has implemented thirty-two Tempus training programmes, all aimed at modernization, and the results have been promising. However, even with new curricula and working practices introduced, many universities continue to revert to using old methods. More efforts will be necessary to bring Armenia’s education closer to the standards of the universities in the European Union. Lana Karlova, representative of the National Office of Tempus in Armenia, says that despite certain opportunities, not everything is transparent and accessible to students: “We need much more work on reforms in the education system, the administrative system and creating a connection between higher education and society”. One of the methods encouraged by Tempus is the use of the credit system for evaluating students. Students gain credits when taking courses, which are transferrable in different universities and thus simplify the educational process. [pullquote]Armenia has implemented 32 Tempus training programmes[/pullquote] However, the system suffers from poor dissemination of information. Not every student understands what it means to collect credits and how to use them while studying in European universities or after returning to Armenia. As a result, students sometimes have to pass an exam on the same subject twice - once in a foreign university, and then in a local one. Students are also often not aware they could study a chosen subject in another faculty, which is one of the advantages of the credit system. The situation has improved at YSU, which has already participated in nine Tempus programmes. The Vice Rector of YSU for Academic Affairs, Alexander Grigoryan, highlighted two important programmes in the reform work; the programme of implementing the credit system and the programme of creating of an internal structure, which ensures quality of education. In 2009, within the overall programme, 54 EU and partner countries have submitted a total of 608 programme proposals from which 69 have been chosen. Armenia is being involved in three programmes, while last year participated in four, which are still ongoing. During the last 20 years Tempus has funded about 7,000 programmes, involving nearly 2,000 universities from the EU and partner countries.