The Higher Qualification Committee of the Republic of Armenia organized a series of courses entitled “Academic Literacy and Integrity”. The purpose of the courses is to transfer some knowledge to young people who want to take the first steps in this field, as well as to teach organizational skills.
According to Smbat Gogyan, Head of the Committee, the idea of organizing the courses arose when it became clear that PhD applicants sometimes lack basic approaches to scientific activity.
“We tried to be a leader in filling that gap because we could not expect universities to be able to develop educational programs in that short space of time,” he said. “This is the first attempt, and it is already clear that it has succeeded. Suffice to say that we had about 300 applicants instead of the 40-50 we had planned. So we had to make a choice, giving preference to those who were going to defend their dissertation within a year. Naturally, the training will be continuous and everyone who wishes will have the opportunity to participate.”
Smbat Gogyan noted that the lectures have theoretical and practical components and will be organized at the conversation level and in an open format. The audience will receive clear answers to a number of questions. For example, what is science, what is research, scientific activity, scientific article, scientific text, academic integrity, academic freedom, plagiarism, dissertation, scientific theory, etc. All trainers are people with a scientific degree, respected professionals in their fields and meet the high standards set. This follows from the following slogan adopted by the Committee: “In order to disseminate any value, you should first carry this value yourself.”
The lectures are held at the Public Administration Academy of RA. The first lecture of the project was held on November 29. The participants were first welcomed by Arsen Lokyan, Rector of the Academy. He noted the importance of engaging in science around the world, including in the context of globalization processes involving Armenia.
“With the rapid changes in science and information technology today, it is easier to access and engage in science because of these technologies. On the other hand, there is a growing competition in science. And it is very important to master the technologies of science.”
Arsen Lokyan informed the participants that for those involved in science, electronic platforms are being created today on which graduate students and postgraduate students can also put their works. These platforms provide transparency and access to scientific works. In our country, such a platform was first created at the American University of Armenia, and then at the Public Administration Academy. The rector urged those present to post their materials on these platforms.
Overall 12 lectures are scheduled for three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays.