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The legislative reforms proposed by the Armenian government in higher education and science are revolutionary, said Armenian Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayik Harutyunyan on Monday.

According to him, the Armenian government has initiated legislative reforms that will not affect the mandatory passing of an exam in the Armenian language for admission to universities. This norm will remain unchanged, he added.

The minister pointed out the problems for the solution of which a new draft law has been initiated. He assured the main goal of the reforms is the integration of higher education, science and research.

Harutyunyan described the draft law as revolutionary and presented some important points. Thus, scholarships funded by the state budget will not be distributed among universities, but by academic field. 

“It is also assumed the number of university board councils will be limited to 12 members, six of whom will be representatives of universities, including one student, and other six will be representatives of the business community, social environment, education, science and culture,” he said.

As he noted, the mechanisms and requirements for transparency and publicity of the activities of universities and scientific organizations have also been identified to ensure it and increase the responsibility of these institutions before the state and society.

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