Armenia — Students at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, 14Aug2012
An innovative, open media studio in the heart of Yerevan opened its doors to Armenian teenagers on August 14, 2011. Today, a year later, the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies has much to boast about, including a creative contribution to the official video for a world-class musician – Serj Tankian. Continue reading
A group of young academics have been demanding an increase to state subsidization of science and education in Armenia. They have created a Facebook group, organized a number of discussions to formulate and put forward their demands.
President of Armenia met the group last year and said instead of demanding an increase of funding, the young scientists should think of better utilizing the funding available to them already. This is surely, a valid statement.
However, a new article in New York Times adds a bit of perspective to the situation with state funding of science and education in Armenia.
According to NYT, Philip Altbach and his colleagues at the Center for International Higher Education have examined academic salaries, contracts and benefits in publicly funded universities in 28 countries, including Armenia. Continue reading
Students at a school in Hartashen village of Syunik region claim, that the village mayor has raped a 14-year old student of the the school. Continue reading
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The American University of Armenia will start offering bachelor’s degree courses starting from 2013. AUA – considered to be the best educational institution in Armenia, has only been offering post-graduate degrees over the 20 years of its existence. Continue reading
Samvel S., 49, was taken to the police on Tuesday, for having stolen from “Bukinist” bookstore the following two book titles: “Diary of a Genius” by Salvador Dali and “Mirovoye Isskustvo” (World Art).
Police are conducting an investigation.
Meanwhile, I was amazed by the thief’s fine taste. Given the current situation with book-reading and education in Armenia, this story was a big surprise. I don’t recall any story of book robbery in the past 10 years or more. And I seldom see anyone in Armenia reading such fine books.
If I were the police, I’d let the guy go and give him money to buy more books of this sort.
PS: There’s an old Armenian proverb – The one who steals books is not a thief. Too bad the police think otherwise.
I came across this beautiful piece by Armenoids thanks to Music of Armenia.
Arrangements by E.Rostomyan,
Solo Caroline Armenoids
Armenia -- The National Assembly votes on controversial amendments allowing foreign-language schools, 24June 2010.
The ruling coalition pushed through parliament on Thursday government’s controversial legal amendments allowing establishment of foreign-language schools in the country, amid criticism and protests. Continue reading
The man in the photo is Aleksandr Sargsyan, President Serzh Sargsian’s brother and an MP. With this gesture Mr. Sargsyan was telling the protesters in front of the National Assembly session hall, what he thinks of them and their demands not to ratify amendments to the law on the Armenian language and the Education system, forced through the Parliament despite mounting public pressure. Continue reading
Kids hanging from car windows celebrating graduation day | picture from "Aravot" daily, 2007
38 thousand 350 high-school students celebrate their Graduation Day in Armenia today. Over 9 thousand of them graduate school in Yerevan. All 9 thousand of them seemed to have decided to pass right below my windows 7 A.M. this morning, with their car horns blowing like crazy and the kids shouting unintelligible slogans of happiness and satisfaction for leaving school.
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Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (L) introduces Armen Shotyan (R), newly appointed Minister of Science and Education, to the Ministry staff
Armenian Ministry of Science and Education has proposed to remove the legal ban and allow restoration of state funded Soviet-era style foreign language schools.
Minister of Science and Education Armen Ashotian has said “the reopening of such schools is a necessity now, because currently the knowledge of a foreign language is neither a whim nor a fashion, but rather a precondition for today’s reality.” Continue reading