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TEMPUS: Modernisation of Higher Education

19 December 2012

On 20 November Tempus Information Days were held by the National Tempus Office in Armenia supported by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
The Information Days brought together key administrators, scholars and experts from higher education institutions, as well as local students, stakeholders and donor organisations. Their purpose was to promote reforms and the modernisation of higher education in Armenia through cooperation between universities.
The National Tempus Office Coordinator, Lana Karlova, noted in her welcoming speech that next year would see an expansion beyond Tempus, a new programme called “ERASMUS for all”: ‘The European Commission has been developing a strategy for several years on how set up a new programme which will cover all current higher education programmes.’

Representative of the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia Sassoun Melikian highlighted the role of Tempus in educational reform processes in Armenia: ‘It is not a secret that, even before the Bologna process, thanks to the Tempus programme major steps have already been taken in Armenia in both the two-level system and the introduction of the credit system. We can then say that the transition to the Bologna reforms in Armenia has been pretty smooth’. Melikian also noted that, alongside the reforms, new challenges are emerging: ‘An unresolved issue is credit system shortcomings. In Armenia credit accumulation and transfer mechanisms do not work; not only from one higher educational institution to another, but also inside the same higher educational institution when moving from subject to subject. We are encountering obstacles’.

After the welcoming speeches, other speakers informed beneficiaries about the 6th call for Tempus and highlighted new opportunities for cooperation with European institutions.

Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University representative Syuzanna Shamakhian presented nuances for developing a competitive project proposal to participants. She underlined that this year, in the last and 6th competition of the Tempus programme, during the project assessment process, emphasis will be on the actuality of topics, and that preference will be given to topics which have not been previously or seldom addressed. In the selection of educational institutions preference will be given to those higher educational institutions which have not yet been involved.

A call for applicants and useful documents are available at these Tempus websites: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/tempus and www.tempus.am.

TEMPUS: Modernisation of Higher Education

On 20 November Tempus Information Days were held by the National Tempus Office in Armenia supported by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The Information Days brought together key administrators, scholars and experts from higher education institutions, as well as local students, stakeholders and donor organisations. Their purpose was to promote reforms and the modernisation of higher education in Armenia through cooperation between universities. The National Tempus Office Coordinator, Lana Karlova, noted in her welcoming speech that next year would see an expansion beyond Tempus, a new programme called “ERASMUS for all”: ‘The European Commission has been developing a strategy for several years on how set up a new programme which will cover all current higher education programmes.’ Representative of the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia Sassoun Melikian highlighted the role of Tempus in educational reform processes in Armenia: ‘It is not a secret that, even before the Bologna process, thanks to the Tempus programme major steps have already been taken in Armenia in both the two-level system and the introduction of the credit system. We can then say that the transition to the Bologna reforms in Armenia has been pretty smooth’. Melikian also noted that, alongside the reforms, new challenges are emerging: ‘An unresolved issue is credit system shortcomings. In Armenia credit accumulation and transfer mechanisms do not work; not only from one higher educational institution to another, but also inside the same higher educational institution when moving from subject to subject. We are encountering obstacles’. After the welcoming speeches, other speakers informed beneficiaries about the 6th call for Tempus and highlighted new opportunities for cooperation with European institutions. Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University representative Syuzanna Shamakhian presented nuances for developing a competitive project proposal to participants. She underlined that this year, in the last and 6th competition of the Tempus programme, during the project assessment process, emphasis will be on the actuality of topics, and that preference will be given to topics which have not been previously or seldom addressed. In the selection of educational institutions preference will be given to those higher educational institutions which have not yet been involved. A call for applicants and useful documents are available at these Tempus websites: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/tempus and www.tempus.am. [gallery link="file"]