YEREVAN, August 30. /ARKA/. Young people in Armenia prefer economic sciences though those of them engaged in exact sciences are known worldwide, Gevork Vardanyan, chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, told journalists today.
“Today young people in Armenia prefer to maintain their theses for a degree in economic sciences, but few of them have publications in respected world periodicals,” he said.
He said that after Armenia became an independent state, its sciences underwent structural changes, which resulted in outflows of worthy scientists.
“In 1991 Armenia had more than 9,200 scientists, while in 2012 the country has only 5,700,” Vardanyan said. “Some 941 scientists at age from 25 to 34 and some 5,014 scientists between 35 and 54 worked in Armenia, while in 2012 only 406 and 655 respectively. It means ageing of science.”
Vardanyan explained the outflows by low social standards and wages as well as improper scientific infrastructures in the country.
He said it is necessary to create proper conditions to deter young scientists from leaving their country or their engagement. ---0---