Robert Khachatryan, PhD, Associate Professor is currently employed at Brusov State University in the capacities of the Head of Chair on Education Management and Planning, as well as the Head of Quality Assurance Center since 2011. He holds PhD from Yerevan State University. He is a MUSKIE fellow and earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He was also the alumnus of Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was also UGRAD alumnus and spent an exchange year at Kennesaw State University in the State of Georgia. He was also the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) alumnus of the USA. He has advanced experience in design and management of international and national projects to improve higher education management infrastructures and education reforms at national and European levels. He has also high level analytical and research skills based on the latest subject knowledge, including strategic management, strategic human resources management, public administration, higher education management and organizational trust. Robert has authored seventy research articles, as well as he is the author of 4 manuals: Strategic Planning in Higher Education Institutions, Human Resources Management in Higher Education Institutions, Managerial Skills among others. He has received state and individual awards, prizes, scholarships, as well as he is a member of a number of leading national and international professional organizations, he participated in administrative, educational and research initiatives in Armenia, 21 European countries (Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, etc.), the USA, Russia, the UK and other countries.
The 21st century has witnessed arduous efforts of world polities to endure the ups and downs of globalization and trigger substantive changes in their higher education and research systems. These systems have consequently penetrated the age of a knowledge-based economies. In the education realm the issue is more complex for Armenia as a country in transition. Since regaining independence in 1991 until joining the Bologna Process in 2005, Armenia ideologically distanced itself from global educational reforms and did not make commitment to the indoctrination of educational reforms. However, with the exposure to the EHEA integration in 2005 and onwards, Armenia has attached great importance to the creation of a functional educational system, has formulated and implemented the strategy of revitalizing the country through science and education and put the development of education as a strategic priority in the globalization drive. Armenia has continuously expressed interest in the harmonization of its higher education and research systems, enthused by the developments made in this respect within Europe that has become a common reference point for the Armenian policy makers and other constituents.
Whilst Armenia is still in the arduous process of designing its own educational and research systems based on national strategies, historical developments and cultural peculiarities, it is facing the insurmountable challenges of reforming its educational system to respond to constantly changing global demands, educational reforms in global settings and increasing global and local competitions. The reforms undertaken by Armenia have not become definite catalysts for sustainable development and for fundamental changes in the emergent paradigm of education. This speech will cover further insights on how to further construct the mosaic of educational reforms and contribute to harmonizing an amalgam of sustainable education, competitive research and educational security frameworks. Further, discussion on internalizing the impact of globalization as well as the context of its emergent trends and impacts on higher education systems will be ensued to influence the design of strategies and models that are applicable to Armenia with its transitioning higher education and research systems.
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