YEREVAN, April 30. /ARKA/. Some 2,400 students of state-run universities in Armenia will be entitled to free education this year, while another 19,999 students will have to pay, education and science minister Armen Ashotyan told a cabinet session today.
This year, as previously, 2,123 of them will enjoy military service deferment if want, 135 students' tuition fees will be paid by sponsors. They will too have the military service deferment right while other 258 will have no such a right.
The minister said 1,715 students would engage in their master curricula at the expense of the government this academic year. Of them, 1,312 will not have their military services deferred. Some 100 discharged servicemen will have an opportunity to be enrolled in the universities this year and 403 students will have a right for military service deferment.
Ashotyan said 140 Ph.D. students whose tuition fees are paid by the government will have military service deferment right. There will be also 239 distant-learning Ph.D. students in the 2014-2015 academic year.
There are 16 state-owned, 35 private universities in Armenia now. There are also several international universities, such as Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, the American University of Armenia and the French University in Armenia. -0---