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The workshop is organised by the European University Association in cooperation with the Armenian institutions that are part of the ATHENA project consortium: Yerevan State University, the State Engineering University of Armenia, Gavar State University, the State Universities Rector Council, and the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia.

European University Association (EUA)

The European University Association represents and supports 850 European higher education institutions as well as 34 national associations of rectors and other partner organisations active in higher education and research in 47 countries across Europe.

It collaborates with its members to deliver evidence-based policy recommendations to the sector to improve conditions in higher education and foster the completion of the European Higher Education and Research Areas.

The European University Association capitalises on its long experience in higher education governance, institutional and financial autonomy, and has conducted extensive research and led capacity-building efforts on these topics in the framework of EU- and self-funded projects.

These activities have contributed to strengthening higher education systems and shaping policy developments in higher education, research and innovation at European and national level, notably thanks to the association's unique outreach in the higher education sector and its mandate in the Bologna Process.

Yerevan State University

Yerevan State University (YSU) has long been involved in activities of international scope. Considering the provision of high level education as the main goal, the university has initiated and is currently realising numerous academic and educational projects, which correspond to international academic standards and stem from the requirements of the Bologna Declaration. Currently YSU has bilateral agreements with about 190 universities and scientific centres in 50 countries around the world. The rector of YSU is also the chairperson of the conference of university rectors of Armenia and therefore has an important multiplier role within the Armenian higher education system.

Gavar State University

Gavar State University is a public institution providing higher education to the population in the region and beyond. The university was established in 1993, and since 2007 education has been organised in compliance with the framework principles of the Bologna Process and the ECTS credit system. The university seeks internationalisation and enhancement of collaboration with European universities aiming at the exchange and development of scientific and practical skills of its students, academic and management staff.

The State Engineering University of Armenia

The State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) is the legal successor of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1933. It was and remains the premier provider of technological education in the country. SEUA has a leading role in the running reforms of higher education in Armenia. It has successfully implemented over 10 TEMPUS projects in the areas of university management and educational reforms, curricular renovation and strategic planning. SEUA has developed an extended network of international cooperation including many leading EU universities and research centres.

The Armenian State Universities Rectors Council

The Armenian State Universities Rectors Council is a non-governmental professional organisation and arena for discussion and agenda-setting for Armenian state educational institutions. It involves the rectors of all state (public) institutions of higher education in Armenia. The main activities of the Council include the development of systemic approaches toward education policy, promotion of education and research activities. It serves as a major educational network and resource for all national institutions.

The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science

The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is a republican body of executive authority, which builds upon and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the education and science sectors. The Ministry has participated in all TEMPUS projects that required state participation and has considerable experience in incorporating innovation into the educational system of the Republic.

More about the ATHENA project.

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96