A press conference entitled “Prospects and Opportunities for Online Master's Education in Armenia” was held at Media Center on November 29 with the participation of Arsen Loqyan, Rector of Public Administration Academy of RA, and Albert Sargsyan, ISEC NAS RA Director.
“Online education is not new in the world. For the first time this was launched by the British Open University in 1969, after which non-traditional universities began to grow and their number reached 200 in about 10-15 years,” Albert Sargsyan said.
According to him, the development of technologies has created favorable conditions for organization of online education. Interactive contact, feedback between the student and the lecturer is provided. There have been such attempts in Armenia: separate seminars, training courses, etc. were organized.
However, the online Master's program has recently started with 15 students.
“Now we are convinced that using the new educational programs, opportunities gained through technological progress, urbanization, time challenges, we will be able to deliver the student the competencies that are needed for a Master's degree,” Arsen Loqyan said.
Only the “Management and Business Administration” online Master’s program is currently underway, according to the speakers. Firstly, “we must show that we have managed to solve the problem without the negative phenomena and the decrease in the quality of our education, if we provide all this, we will have the opportunity to do the program in all professions.”
26 teachers have been trained, international experience has been studied, several lecturers have been sent to the Dresden Technological University to see how they organize online education, and as a result, the subject programs have been developed.
Speakers argue that online education is more effective than part-time courses if efficiently organized.
The duration of online education is two and a half years. The tuition fee is AMD 400,000 annually.
Applicants are selected through an interview. The average difficulty threshold is set. During the study, certain conditions are created that the student should be present during the intermediate and final exams. One of the requirements is that a student must be physically present at state examination.
Noting the advantages of online learning, speakers emphasize that it is especially suitable for those who work, have a problem of time, or have mobility and transportation problems. The tuition fee is less than in the case of full-time or part-time education.
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Arpine Arzumanyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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