YEREVAN, August 20. / ARKA /. Armenia’s education and science minister Armen Ashotyan told reporters today his ministry was considering ways to increase the number of students at state-owned universities majoring in some priority specialties, who will be eligible to free education.
He said the number of such students is likely to increase from September 1, 2014 by 10-20% (400 to 800 students).
He said there are around 70 public and private universities in the country. He said during his tenure (he was appointed minister in May 2009), some 50 private universities were shut down for failure to meet the set requirements. This year some 2,400 students in state-run universities will have free education while another 19,000 will have to pay for it. -0-.