Armenian Education

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Armenian Preschools


Armenian Elementary Schools

Armenian Middle Schools

Armenian High Schools

Armenian Colleges and Universities

Armenian Studies Programs

Schools in Armenia

Below is a list of Yerevan's most important Universities:

Institute Official website Date
established
Student
population
Yerevan State University YSU http://www.ysu.am/ 16 May 1919 10,450
Yerevan State Musical Conservatory named after Komitas YSC http://www.conservatory.am/ 1921
Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovian ASPU http://www.aspu.am/ 1922
Yerevan State Medical University named after Mkhitar Heratsi YSMU http://www.ysmu.am/ 1930
State Engineering University of Armenia SEUA http://www.seua.am/ 1933 10,000
Yerevan State Linguistic University named after Valery Brusov YSLU http://www.brusov.am/ 4 February 1935 full time 4,700
Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts YAFA http://www.yafa.am/ 1945
Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture ASIPC http://www.asipc.am/ 1945
Yerevan State Institute of Economy YSINE http://www.asue.am/ 1975
Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography YSITC
Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction YSUAC http://www.ysuac.am/ 11 January 1989
American University of Armenia AUA http://www.aua.am/ 1991 268
Crisis Management State Academy CMSA 1992
State Agrarian University of Armenia SAUA 1994
Fondation Université Française en Arménie UFAR http://www.ufar.am/ 1995 700
Eurasia International University EIU http://www.eiu.am/ 1996
Russian-Armenian State University RAU http://www.rau.am/ 29 August 1997 1,600
Caucasus Institute CI http://caucasusinstitute.org/ 2002
European Regional Institute of Information and Communication Technologies in Armenia ERIICTA http://www.eriicta.am/ 4 October 2002

Special Needs Schools in Armenia

The Gavar Special School is the only school in the Gegharkunik Region which is working to aid the mentally and physically handicapped children of the region. The school is currently involved in a large capital campaign to help improve its facilities. Please view the website for more information.

Education in Armenia

In the first years of independence, Armenia made uneven progress in establishing systems to meet its national requirements in social services. Education, held in particular esteem in Armenian culture, changed fastest of the social services, while health and welfare services attempted to maintain the basic state-planned structure of the Soviet era.

A literacy rate of 100 percent was reported as early as 1960. In the communist era, Armenian education followed the standard Soviet model of complete state control (from Moscow) of curricula and teaching methods and close integration of education activities with other aspects of society, such as politics, culture, and the economy. As in the Soviet period, primary and secondary school education in Armenia is free, and completion of secondary school is compulsory. In the early 1990s, Armenia made substantial changes to the centralized and regimented Soviet system. Because at least 98 percent of students in higher education were Armenian, curricula began to emphasize Armenian history and culture. Armenian became the dominant language of instruction, and many schools that had taught in Russian closed by the end of 1991. Russian was still widely taught, however, as a second language.

In the 1990-91 school year, the estimated 1,307 primary and secondary schools were attended by 608,800 students. Another seventy specialized secondary institutions had 45,900 students, and 68,400 students were enrolled in a total of ten postsecondary institutions that included universities. In addition, 35 percent of eligible children attended preschools. In the 1988-89 school year, 301 students per 10,000 population were in specialized secondary or higher education, a figure slightly lower than the Soviet average. In 1989 some 58 percent of Armenians over age fifteen had completed their secondary education, and 14 percent had a higher education. In 1992 Armenia's largest institution of higher learning, Erevan State University, had eighteen departments, including ones for social sciences, sciences, and law. Its faculty numbered about 1,300 teachers and its student population about 10,000 students. The Erevan Architecture and Civil Engineering Institute was founded in 1989. Eight other institutions of higher learning, all located in Erevan, teach agriculture, fine arts and theater, economics, music, applied science and technology, medicine, pedagogy and foreign languages, and veterinary medicine.

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