Academic Dishonesty in Armenian Higher Education System and the Bologna Process

November 18, 2013

On November 19th at 5 p.m. at the Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall “Open Society Foundations-Armenia” (OSFA) will hold a panel discussion titled, “Academic Dishonesty in Armenian Higher Education System and the Bologna Process”. The discussion is organized in the framework of OSFA’s Policy Fellowship Program which aims to contribute to the development of collaborative culture amongst independent researchers, faculty, policy analysts, consultants and the Government for the formulation and implementation of more efficient policy alternatives in selected fields.

This discussion will provide a forum for different stakeholders to engage in informative and constructive dialog. Speakers include OSFA’s Policy Fellowship Program Fellows Kristine Antonyan (PhD in Economics), Yerevan State University, and Mkhitar Gabrielyan (PhD in History), Yerevan State University. Discussants will provide original quantitative and qualitative data along with targeted policy recommendations.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Mariam Matevosyan, Policy Fellowship Program Coordinator, OSF-A. Short presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and open discussion with RA Government agencies’, university quality assurance centers’ representatives, independent experts, researchers, faculty and students. Working language of the discussion is Armenian. As part of a collaborative effort with the Media Center, the event will also be live streamed and available through the following link The event will also be available for viewing on the Media Center’s Youtube channel

Mapping Digital Media: Armenia Report Presentation

November 15, 2013


Open Society Foundations Armenia, together with the Open Society Media Program, jointly invite you to participate in the presentation and discussion of the MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA: ARMENIA report, which will take place from 11:00 to 14:00 on 19 November 2013 in the Ballroom of the Congress Hotel.

You can read the full report here.

The Mapping Digital Media Project was implemented by the Open Society Media Program in over 50 countries, including Armenia. During 2011-2013, the Armenian research team drafted the country report jointly with an international team of editors and experts. The purpose of this global research is to find out how countries are transitioning from the traditional to the digital media. The Mapping Digital Media project assesses the global opportunities and risks that are created for media by the following developments: the switch-over from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting; growth of  new media platforms as sources of news; convergence of traditional broadcasting with telecommunications.

The presentation of the MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA: ARMENIA report provides an opportunity to raise and discuss the digitization and media sector issues and challenges in Armenia, such as use of the digital dividend, the independence of the broadcast regulatory body, the broadcasting legislation, the transparency of media ownership, as well as the funding of the Public Television. The invited speakers will present the issues and make recommendations on improving the sector. Researchers from Russia, Lithuania, and Moldova will share their country experiences.

The Armenian Government, National Assembly, other public administration bodies, international organizations, civil society, media, and sector experts are invited to the discussion.

Higher Education in Armenia Today: a Focused Review

November 13, 2013


On November 14 at 14.15 pm at the Congress Hotel Ballroom Hall, The Open Society Foundations – Armenia will be presenting the report on Higher Education in Armenia Today: a Focused Review conducted by the CEU Higher Education Observatory.

You can read the report in full here.

The report was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation Armenia in early 2013 and presents the findings and conclusions of an independent review of higher education in Armenia. As a focused review, it specifically looked at the course of reforms since Armenia has joined the Bologna process in 2005 and at the relationship between higher education and the development of an open society.

The event will begin with opening remarks from OSF-Armenia Executive Director, Larisa Minasyan. Then the floor will be given to the research team, Mr. Liviu Matei, Ms. Julia Iwinska from Central European University and Mr. Koen Geven from European University Institute, who will present the findings and conclusions of the report. As an independent review of higher education in Armenia, the report is based on research conducted between December 2012 and July 2013, and includes all types of higher education institutions operating in Armenia; public, private, and intergovernmental/international

The event will conclude with a public discussion involving the education, civil society and donor communities, around issues raised in the report and possible ways of addressing them.

Representatives from the RA Ministry of Education and Science, related educational institutions, representatives from public and state universities, faculty and students, representatives of international organizations, civil society and media representatives have been invited to attend the event.

International Conference on Palliative Care Nov 11-13

November 11, 2013


“Emerging Palliative Care Developments in the World”

 11-13 November, 2013

Yerevan, Armenia

The International Palliative Care conference was held on November 11-13, 2013 in Yerevan with  the participation of specialists from Eastern European, Central Asian and former Soviet Union countries.

The Conference was organized by the Open Society Foundations- Armenia with the support of the East-East Beyond Borders Program and aimed to discuss the progress made in palliative care in Armenia since 2009, share knowledge and expertise of the represented countries, and develop recommendations  and strategies to further integrate and strengthen palliative care in Armenia.

The Conference brought together around 15 leading international experts from Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Albania, Georgia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and more then 70 local experts, doctors, nurses, professors, government officials, social workers and palliative care specialists from Armenia.

A three-day Conference aimed at developing a framework to integrate palliative care into national policy. Through working group discussions the participants aimed to find solutions to resolve the unnecessary barriers for prescribing opioids, to provide patients access to pain relief medication, and develop/ integrate palliative care basic training modules for nurses, physicians, social workers and psychologists.

During the Conference a range of insights, ideasn and best practices on how to promote the palliative care field in Armenia were presented. This was achieved through participatory panel discussions and workshops guided by international and local professionals involved in providing institutional and national leadership in the integration of palliative care in their respective countries. During the second day public awareness campaign highlighted the real stories of patients suffering from pain in Armenia.

At the plenary and working sessions, participants, particularly NGOs, health professionals and policy makers engaged in an active discussion around important issues such as current trends in palliative care development in post-soviet countries, palliative care as a human right, introducing best practices for palliative care services, building capacity for palliative care field, and using effective advocacy tools to achieve policy and social change, as well as Armenian experience in introducing palliative care pilot services. At the end of the conference, all working groups came up with certain recommendations which shall later be developed by local specialists. The developed recommendations cover four major fields; palliative care budgeting sources/ international & external resources; eliminating potential legal barriers to change the practice; choosing from different models of palliative care- integration into clinic, long-term and home-care settings; and developing academic curricula for palliative care specialists. The active participation of professionals demonstrated a strong commitment to continue working on the recommendations and ensure the development and integration of palliative care in our health system. It was a delight to watch people with different backgrounds taking an active role in modeling palliative care services for Armenia.

The Conference culminated in drafting a joint Declaration, which presents the recommendations developed during the conference and the statement about the importance of including palliative care into a health system of Armenia. When signed, the Declaration will be submitted to the government of the Republic of Armenia.

The Declaration is open for signatures. To sign on, please contact Anahit Papikyan.

Please join us to bring a change to the lives of people who need our support.


Palliative Care Policy Brief

Palliative Care Yerevan Declaration

Viewing the Customs Union Decision through the Armenian Legal Framework and Due Process

November 8, 2013

(Photo Source: RFE/RL)

On October 29th at 11 AM at the AUA Business Center, the “Partnership for Open Society” initiative held a discussion titled, “Viewing the Customs Union Decision through the Armenian Legal Framework and Due Process”. The discussion was the second event within the series, “Armenia at the Crossroads of Development: Toward Europe or Russia?”, which includes public discussions, debates, and events throughout the months of October and November leading to the Vilnius summit, aimed at better understanding the implications of joining the Customs Union.

This discussion provided a forum for engaging in informative and constructive dialog on the decision making process of joining the Customs Union within the context of the Armenian legal and constitutional framework and due process. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Presidential administration were invited to speak, however they were unable to join the discussion. The panel was moderated by Avetik Ishkhanyan from the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, who was joined by a team of national experts representing a wide scope of knowledge on the topic. Artur Sakunts of the Helsinki Citizens assembly Vanadzor Office presented an overview of the issues surrounding the Customs Union decision-making process, while, Artur Ghazinyan spoke about the constitutionality of the president’s decision. Finally, Tigran Yegoryan discussed anticipated legal issues to be expected after joining the Customs Union. The presentations was followed by a Q&A and open discussion with RA Government officials, politicians, and various European ambassadors and representatives in attendance. As part of a collaborative effort with the Media Center, the event was also live streamed at and is available for viewing below.

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