On 22 February the official opening ceremony of Sciences Po Armenia, branch of Sciences Po Aix Institute of Political Studies, took place. Chief of the RA Presidential Administration Viguen Sargsyan, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, Ambassador plenipotentiary and extraordinary of France to Armenia Henri Reynaud, General Director of Orange Armenia Francis Gelibter, authorized representative of Sciences Po Aix in the Caucasus Gilbert Derderian, expert in Sciences Po Aix Julien Valente and other officials attended the ceremony. Rector of the Public Administration Academy of RA Arsen Lokyan welcomed the attendees.
“The “Sciences Po Armenia” project is of regional significance which assures higher, postgraduate, continuing education in the Republic of Armenia,” said Rector Arsen Lokyan. “It is exceptional as it bears European culture in itself. Science Po Armenia is the result of the negotiations between the Public Administration Academy of RA and Sciences Po Aix Institute of Political Studies, which is a renowned higher educational institution in the world which prepares top managers both for public and private sectors in France.”
Mr Lokyan noticed that President of the International Monetary Fund Mrs Christine Lagarde, who is the President of the Institute’s Board, has also graduated from it. The latter has welcomed the initiative of implementing such a programme in Armenia and her visit to Armenia is anticipated for attending the ceremony of awarding certificates to the first graduates of Sciences Po Armenia.
Congratulating the attendees on the occasion of the significant event, Chief of the RA Presidential Administration Viguen Sargsyan said, “Our country is in a stage of pretentious programmes of reforms, which requires significant managers. These managers need good education and training. And we shall possess such managers as a result of the cooperation between the Public Administration Academy of RA and Sciences Po Aix Institute for Political Studies.”
In his speech Ambassador plenipotentiary and extraordinary of France to Armenia Henri Reynaud mentioned that the pretentious programmes adopted by the Public Administration Academy of RA are reflected in the selection of its partners,too. According to him, the audience having got education in the frames of the programme from the point of administration may acquire a perfect combination of theoretical and practical approaches.
At the end of his speech the Ambassador noticed that the ball is now in the field of Armenia and that it is time to start the game.
And authorized representative of Sciences Po Aix in the Caucasus Gilbert Derderian said that they are trying to create a general network from Montreal to Beijing. That network passes through the Caucasus as well, where the Republic of Armenia has her unique and special place.