Armenia’s education ministry launches pilot project for rating higher education establishments

Armenia’s education ministry launches pilot project for rating higher education establishments

YEREVAN, January 23. /ARKA/.  Armenia's education and science ministry has launched a pilot project of introduction of the rating system for higher education establishments.  

«This is an experimental project that will be implemented within one or two years by the government, which will develop a methodology and form culture,» Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan said Thursday while presenting the project. «After that we will hand this project over to nongovernmental organizations, since the best ratings across the world are made by independent organizations.»

He also said that in recent days a rating system for Armenian schools was presented. 

Armenia's higher education establishments are divided into two major groups - postgraduate education degrees and the number of specialties.  

Besides, ratings were based on nine indicators, such as learning results, international focus etc. 

In a separate section, concerned persons can compare two universities of the same group, considering various criteria, and choose the best one. 

Ashotyan said that the ministry officials spent ten days on looking through the information provided by higher education establishments in the forms they have filled, since not all their statements conformed to the reality. At the same time, he said 95 percent of the provided information was true. 

The minister said that an appropriate database will be created this year to avoid asking universities for information and lessen subjective factor in ratings. 

Asked about possible corruption risks, he said that this system leaves no room for corruption. He stressed that first of all the ministry and the minister personally are interested in transparency. -0---

17:04 23.01.2014

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