NEWSInternational Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
14.09.2017
International Conference "Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges"
 
On September 13-14, Russian-Armenian University (RAU) jointly with the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges hosted "Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges" conference confined to the 20th anniversary of RAU.
 
At the start, during the plenary session, the Board members of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges greeted the participants. Dr. Boris Mints highlighted, “It is a pleasure to be at this conference at RAU. I am glad to see that Russian-Armenian University is on the upswing”. At the session, RAU fellows in Economics took the floor with a presentation on Armenia’s economic prospects and challenges.
 
On the next day, RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan addressed the participants, “Dear guests and participants, we are happy to welcome you to the conference, during which we will discuss the path that Armenia has gone since its independence, issues of our past, present and future and ways of how we can contribute to the world that is going through a transformation process”.
 
Following the opening, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan's welcoming address was read out, “I hope that while discussing Armenia’s practices and opportunities in overcoming issues of the transition period, you will come up with innovative and viable solutions and approaches that can be useful not only for Armenia, but other countries struggling with similar issues. I wish you a fruitful discussion”.
 
Conference distinguished speakers included RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan, former PM of Armenia Prof. Hrant Bagratyan, Defence Minister of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan, Head of the Center for Strategic Initiatives, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Armenia Mr. Aleksandr Khachaturyan, Head of RAU Institute of Economics and Business, former Minister of Finance and Economy of Armenia, Prof. Edward Sandoyan and former President of Czech Republic Prof. Václav Klaus.    
 
Conference honoured guest, Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan also gave a speech, highlighting, “I would like to greet the conference participants, especially our young colleagues and to welcome guests from abroad. I am certain that as a result of such discussions, exchange of opinion and experience, you can come up with solutions that can be useful for both academia and the government when shaping and implementing reforms. We live during very exciting times, and the opportunities you have are fantastic. Today, to change the world and to change the country is a very interesting challenge. Always remember that you live in the most promising country. I wish you good luck, I wish you to be brave, not to be afraid of any authorities, to be ready to express your opinion, and to wake up every morning knowing you can change something today”.
 
The conference was moderated by Head of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges Prof. Itai Sened, who revealed the Institute’s mission, “Today’s world is facing many challenges, the solution to which we are trying to find. So, we come to the places where the challenges are actually happening to have an open discussion with those facing them. Today we are here at RAU, because it is our goal as an international institute to find the ways by which the academic knowledge can meet the knowledge of practitioners”.
 
In connection with the 20th anniversary of RAU, Prime Minister awarded Prof. Arzik Suvaryan, Head of RAU Department of Management, Business and Tourism, Prof. Hayk Sarkisyan, Head of RAU Department of General Physics and Quantum Nano-Structures, Ms. Emma Yeghiazaryan, Chief of RAU Rector's Office with RA Prime Minister's Memorial Order. 
 

 
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International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
International Conference Small Transition Economies: Local Answers to Global Challenges
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