Education in Armenia has its roots back to medieval times. The first universities were founded in Ani, Tatev, and Gladzor, thereby becoming important centers of enlightenment and development of science and arts. Today, Armenia is recognized as the world’s next tech hub, not only for the growing tech sector and the rapidly evolving startup industry, but also for the country’s efforts to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. To train the minds of youth, Armenia became the first country in the world to make chess a required subject in all secondary schools.

The following types of higher education institutions are established within higher and postgraduate professional education system of the Republic of Armenia:

  • University

  • Institute

  • Academy

  • Conservatory

Since 2005 Armenia is a full member of the Bologna Process / European Higher Education Area. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) as an important element of Bologna Process was introduced in Higher Education Institutions of Armenia for Bachelor and Master levels in 2007-2008.

HE in Armenia has a three-tier degree system with the following qualifications issued: Bachelor’s at first level, Master’s at the second level and Candidate of Sciences (Postgraduate/Doctoral) at the third level.

The duration of instruction of basic education programs of higher and postgraduate professional education constitute:

  • at least 4 years for obtaining a Bachelor’s degree /240 ECTS /, whereas for police or military professions — at least 3 years /180 ECTS/; (Persons having completed their studies and having passed the final attestation, are granted with a diploma of a bachelor’s degree).

  • at least 5 years for obtaining a qualification degree of a certified specialist, whereas for art and physical education professions — at least 4 years; (Persons having completed their studies and having passed the final attestation, are granted with a diploma of a specialist with higher education)

  • at least 1 year for obtaining a Master’s degree /60 ECTS/; (Persons having completed their studies and having passed the final attestation, are granted with a diploma of Master’s degree), typically a 2-year fulltime programme /120 ECTS/

  • at least 5 years for medical professions under uninterrupted and integrated educational programs, the educational degree granted as a result whereof is equivalent to a Master’s degree.

  • at least 3 years full-time (4 years part-time) education and research for the Candidate of Sciences. Candidate of Sciences qualification is issued on the basis of publicly defended dissertation.

Main branches of higher education studies in Armenia are:

  • Education, Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences;

  • Journalism and Information Sciences;

  • Entrepreneurship, Administration and Law;

  • Natural Sciences;

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Information and Communication Technologies;

  • Engineering, Industry and Construction;

  • Agriculture and Veterinary;

  • Health and Social Work;

  • Art, music and sport

  • Service

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