On October 8, international conference on “Modern Challenges of Administration” started. It was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of foundation of Public Administration Academy of RA. Specialists of administration from Armenia, Russia, China, Georgia and Columbus participated in the conference. More than 60 speeches were performed at the conference.
Arsen Lokyan – Rector of Public Administration Academy of RA, welcomed the participants at the plenary session of the conference. To him, in the everchanging world the administration issue is urgent in public administration, and private sector as well.
“In instant changes of IT, and under the conditions of globalization, both great superpowers, and small countries have an essential issue. It is effective administration.” – PAARA Rector said. “I believe, it’s not a secret that all requirements suggested to all systems of administration are changing in the 21st century. Administration of political and public systems, and private organizations as well require new approaches. In the Republic of Armenia, after the events taken place recently, new approaches are suggested to the administration system. The main aim is effective administration.”
Hrant Avanesyan – Head of the Chair of Psychology at Yerevan State University, welcomed the participants of the conference. He congratulated on the 25th anniversary of Public Administration Academy of RA, then touching upon the challenges of administration and issues of its scientific grounding, mentioned that there is much work to do. He especially underlined the psychological peculiarity of the issue, and marked out that great attention is paid on the administration of human capital (resources).
“Our country has also adopted the principle of reforms, and it also appreciates the issue of investments. According to our academic approach, those investments should be done inside each of us during our whole lives. I hope, that the issues discussed at the conference not only will be state-oriented, but human-oriented as well, and they will have only positive result” Hrant Avanesyan wished productive work to the participants.
Khachatur Gasparyan – Head of the Chair of Medical Psychology at Yerevan State Medical University, also congratulated the 25th anniversary of PAARA. He reminded that though a quarter century is a really impressive age, but at the same time, it is the prime of life.
“Public Administration Academy has a great mission. It is: to educate right administrators. We need to administer all fields, even the unpredictable natural disasters. And firstly, we should administer our behavior, psychological and general activities. We always are trying to administer our emotions in order to escape causing uncontrollable situations. I hope that in the result of this conference new opinions and new approaches will be shaped which will enable us to develop this small island of administrative science.”
The greeting speeches were followed with the plenary session. It was coordinated by the Head of the Chair of Psychology of Administration at PAARA Ruben Aghuzumtsyan, Head of “Psychology of administrative activities” research center. He was the first to perform his speech. It was intitled “Modern psychological requirements offered to the administrator”. R. Aghuzumtsyan thinks that from the psychological aspect there are diverse and unclear views about the administrative importance in our life.
The next speaker was A.A. Grachev – leading scholar of the Institute of Psychology at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In his speech about “The image of employee in the administrative concept of the manager” he spoke about administration of human resources. He stated that the issue of satisfaction of interests of the staff is the cornerstone of today’s administration.
Deputy director of the “National Institute of Labour and Social Research” Garnik Nalbandyan – senior scholar at “Research Center of Administration of Science” program, perfumed a noteworthy speech. His speech was entitled “Econometric analyses and assessment of mutual ties between the indices characterizing the development of science and social-economic fields”. The author spoke about methods, observed indices, evaluation standards, and presented the outcomes of the research.
The next speaker was Tigran Harutyunyan, Head of the Center of Regional Studies at PAARA. The title of his speech was “Digital picture of academic cooperation between RA and EU countries”. He analyzed the situation of the scientific field of our country in post-soviet period, financial sources, then he showed the dynamics of development of the field, which has started to strive for positive results since the mid-2000 after foundation of Science Committee.
The speech of Pietro Shakaryan from the State University of Ohio, Columbia, touched upon a very exciting subject. It was entitled “The velvet revolution in Armenia, and relationship between Armenia and Russia after the revolution”. The speaker made believe that there is mutually beneficial relationship between these two countries, and after the “velvet revolution” the Prime-Minister tries to improve those relations.
“Revolution and overcoming the crises of political development”: this was the title of Mariam Margaryan’s speech, Head of the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy at PAARA. Professor Margaryan explained the meaning of “crises of political development” in political science, performed the types of crises, spoke about the necessity of prevention of crisis of legitimization, as well as about the tiny difference between the “velvet” and “color” revolutions.
The speech of Hovsep Movsisyan, professor of Ijevan branch of YSU closed the plenary session. It was about “Value multidimension of legitimacy of political authority”.
The conference on “Modern Challenges of Administration” continued its work in divided groups. The participants thoroughly discussed “Psychology of administrative activities”, “Administration issues”, “Modern challenges in the South Caucasus”, “Challenges of political administration”.
The International Conference continued its work in October 9. The participants were honored with certificates of participation. And the foreign guests were traditionally taken to a trip to several paces of sightseeing in Armenia.