On December 13, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan and the University of Oulu of Finland signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the framework of the Second Education Quality and Relevance Project (APL 2). The document envisages a new level of cooperation between the two educational institutions.
“Educational provisions stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation imply great organizational and financial investments, the provision of which will enable us to meet the terms of the document,” said ASPU Rector Rouben Mirzakhanyan.
The MoU envisages exchange of students, academic staff and credits during practice, joint research activities and educational programmes offering dual undergraduate/graduate degree programmes for earning Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
The ASPU Rector stressed that students have always been and remain the key link at the University. Then he proposed implementing a student exchange programme between the two universities in 2014.
Mr. Mirzakhanyan considered Mr. Lauri Lajunen, Rector of the University of Oulu, one of the founders of the educational system in Finland, and gladly accepted his Finnish counterpart’s invitation to visit the University of Oulu.
For his turn, Lauri Lajunen considered it a great honour to sign a MoU with the Armenian University, viewing the document as the summary of the first round of cooperation between the two universities and the start of future collaboration.
“The agreement implies not only proper organization of the learning process but also exchange of the teaching staff which will enable us to organize and carry out joint academic courses and research projects. We can also work out and develop joint degree programmes recognized by our universities and our countries,” he said.
Mr. Lajunen thanked the cooperating parties and stressed that the cooperation would not have been possible without the efforts and contribution of Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu.
The Rector of the Finnish University also confessed that during the three-year cooperation they felt like students: for example, Vesa-Matti Sarenius, Internship Supervisor of the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu, has been studying the Armenian language and the culture of the country. Let us note that Vesa-Matti Sarenius welcomed the conference participants in Armenian.
At the end of the meeting the representatives of the two universities exchanged certificates and souvenirs.