The University of South California is the second among the best USA universities. Our fellow-countryman Frank Zerounayan, Professor of the Practice of Governance, Director, Executive Educator of Sol Price School of Public Policy, is in Armenia now. Profiting by the occasion, the Public Administration Academy of RA hosted the Professor on June 25. He delivered a lecture for the staff on “Peculiarities of organization of education”.
Actually, the primary task of any university is to provide high quality and competitive education. Generally, the principles the University has adopted, administrative methods, education programs and other components, which aim is to provide the best education are similar, but each university has special peculiarities. And these peculiarities make the rating of the university.
Frank Zerounyan presented the organization of educational process at the University of South California, and particularly at the School of Public Policy.
It proved to be difficult to enter a university which has high rating, and to study there. Even simple statistics prove that. For example, 65 000 people applied for the University in 2018, but only 8300 of them succeeded. The examinations are in written form and have high requirements. Moreover, the transparency of examinations is highly appreciated.
Generally, the transparency of the University’s activities is a very essential factor.
Donation plays a great role in the budget forming practice of the university. Many well-off citizens donate money to the University, because they wish any structure of the University to be called in their names. For example, the college Professor Zerounyan represents is called in the name of Sol Price.
As for the Professor, the conception of family lies on the basis of the activities of the University. All students of the University, their parents, sisters and brothers, are the members of that extended family. And that is the biggest wealth of the University. That culture really unites all graduates. Each of them is obliged to do something good for the University after graduation which has given him/her the most important thing of life – and it is education. And each of them assist the University as much as he/she can. This shapes a budget with considerable financial means. The annual budget of the University of South California is $ 6 billion US. These means enable the needy students to study.
“Poverty is not an obstacle for the clever and smart students” said Professor Zerounyan.
The Professor thoroughly touched upon the administrative principles of the University. He presented the structure of the College, and the committee of quality as well. The responsibility of the latter is to study the subject programs before they are included in the education process, and to compare them with the progressive temp of science.
Professor Zerounyan expressed his surprise with some strange situations he had observed in the educational environment of Armenia. They are absentees, being late and to speak on phone during the lesson. It comes out that they have never faced such problems because such behavior is not common in their education culture.
“Only God prevails me in my auditorium” says Frank Zerounyan.
A student has right to be absent for only two times, and for good excuse. And in the case of absentee both the student and the lecturer have to fill the gap. This is not the dictate of the institution, but a high self-acknowledgement.
“I am responsible for filling the absentee for a good excuse, because I am the one who is entitled to provide education. The honor of any graduate of my college is my honor”.
Finally, no one forces a student to study. Those who wish to study come to the University. Thus, they have to respect the order.
It is worth mentioning that the participants listened to the lecture with great attention. They also interrupted him with questions, comparisons between the American and Armenian education systems.
The Professor will have a meeting with the heads of Chairs of the Academy, post-graduate students and researchers tomorrow. This time it is devoted to “Requirements of article drafting and its presentation”.