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    • 17th European Student Convention, Prague, Czech Republic
      18 February 2009
      Student activism in Armenia
    • General overview ofRepublic of Armenia
      Mountainous country in South Caucasus
      Former republic of the Soviet Union
      with the population of 3,215,800
      (Ethnic Armenians make up 97.9% of the population)
      Higher education institutions are highly valued in Armenia
    • Formation of Student Councils
      • 1993-1995 The formation of SCs after the collapse of USSR
      • 1994-1998 Development of SCs
      • 1998 Creation of All-Armenian Youth Foundation (AAYF)
      • 2001-2005The politicization of SCs’ members
      • 2005-2006The leaders of SCs mainly became the members of political parties
    • Student Councils today
      There are SCs in all State Universities of Armenia
      In some private HEIs students organizations do not exist
      But….. many of them still have symbolic nature
    • The elections of the members of SCs
      The representatives of each academic group is elected by students of that group
      The heads of departments’ SCs are elected by the representatives of academic groups
      The president, vice-president and presidency are elected in the general assembly of institution’s students
    • Students’ participation in student organizations
      Any student admitted to HEI has the right to elect and be elected as a member of the institution’s Student Council
    • The main activities of Student councils
      Advocacy of students’ interests and participation in the governance of the HEI
      Addressing social problems
      Organizing cultural, scientific and academic events
      Organizing excursions and Sport events
      Collaboration with other HEIs and organization of extra-curricular activities
    • Students’ awareness about SC
    • The main problems of students and student organizations
      • SCs do not have legal status
      • Most of the leaders and members of SCs are the political parties’ members
      • Mobility – problem for Armenian students
    • Legal status of Student Councils
      Student Councils and Student Scientific Associations are
      Essentially non-governmental organizations
      Not registered under a legal procedure
      Do not have NGO status
    • Legal status of Student Councils
      That’s why SCs and SSAs MAY NOT
      • Benefit from a number of rights and opportunities granted to them by law
      • Have a separate bank account
    • Politicization of Student Councils
      SCs’ leaders mainly develop their activities more in political area, than in student one
      Result…
      Former leaders of SCs mainly became deputy members of Parmalent
    • Mobility of Armenian students
      • Geographical position
      • Information access
      • Absent of interests
    • Neighbouring Countries of Armenia
    • Student self-governance
      The steps of development
      1st step Only the head of the student organization was a member of the Scientific Council
      2nd step A 15% quota on students’ participation in the highest administration body of the HEI
      3rd step A minimum 25% quota on students’ participation in the highest administration body of the HEI(The Republic of Armenia Law on Higher and Post-Higher Education, 1988-2000)
    • Student self-governance
      Prior to 2005, the representatives of students participated through the SC in the elections of various officials of the HEI, although their participation was often of a symbolic nature
      Nowadays
      At the end of 2005, when the aforementioned laws were implemented, granting to students 25% of the seats in the governing councils of HEIs, the role and significance of SCs grew considerably
    • All-Armenian youth foundation (AAYF)
      Was created in 1998
      Is non-profit, non-member organization
      Is based on voluntary financial investments of its founders
      Is aimed at the improvement of educational, scientific, cultural, social situation in Youth Field
      It functions according to the principles of National, legislative and Right equality
      During the whole period of its activity AAYF has implemented projects with total budget of 400 million AMD
    • COOPERATION BETWEEN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
      The umbrella structure for youth NGOs, SCs, and youth wings of political parties is
      NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF ARMENIA
    • National youth council of Armenia
      NYCA was established in 1997
      NYCA unifies more than 60 organizations
      NYCA is one of the biggest youth NGOs in the Republic of Armenia
      But………
      At the same time it unifies youth wings of political parties
    • We hope for better future, because…
      Internet tools for student activism are widely used now
      There is group of enthusiastic students in every university, which are ready to act

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      ZaruhiSurmenyan
      Shushan Harutyunyan
      shushan@ysu.am