Pázmány Péter Catholic University
The Programme of Armenian Studies Signs its First International Academic Agreement
The Programme of Armenian Studies is extremely pleased to announce the signing of its first international academic agreement with the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. The Programme of Armenian Studies will play a vital role in the establishment and advancement of the University’s newly-established MA programme in Armenian Studies.
Both sides have agreed to cooperate in two domains: educational and academic. Within the educational domain, the Programme of Armenian Studies will be responsible for teaching Western Armenian and Armenian literature, with a special focus on literature written in Western Armenian. The founder and director of the Programme of Armenian Studies, Dr Krikor Moskofian, will design and prepare the curriculum for both courses, and travel to Budapest to deliver the lectures. As for the academic domain, areas of cooperation include academic lectures, conferences, and exhibitions promoting Armenian cultural heritage, with other ideas to be explored in the near future.
Dr Moskofian was invited to Budapest for the signing ceremony, which took place on 21st April 2017 in the office of Prof. Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi, the rector of the University. The agreement is part of a framework of wider agreements of cooperation between four bodies: the Programme of Armenian Studies; Pázmány Péter Catholic University; Leipzig University; and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The agreement was signed by Prof. Szuromi, and Dr Moskofian, and another agreement was signed between Prof. Szuromi, and by Prof. Dr Christian Lübke, director of Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig University. The ceremony was attended by the vice-rector and the dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Fodor György, the head of the department of History, Prof. Sándor Őze, and the director of the Armenian Studies MA programme, Dr Bálint Kovács.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the director of the Armenian Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Dr Razmig Panossian, was unable to attend. The Gulbenkian Foundation is generously providing five full scholarships towards this MA programme for the advancement of Armenian Studies within Eastern Europe.
Touching on the importance of the signing of the academic agreement, and the cooperation between the two institutions, the Director of the Programme of Armenian Studies, Dr Krikor Moskofian, said:
“The cooperation has a huge significance and importance for the Programme of Armenian Studies for many reasons. Firstly, it is our first signed agreement with a reputable institution such as the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. We are extremely honoured and privileged to be in this position, where we will be able to have our active contribution to the establishment and shaping of a new MA degree in Armenian Studies. We take this challenge very seriously, and we will put in all of our efforts to fulfil this task. By doing so, we will be contributing in the efforts of promoting Armenian Studies in Eastern Europe.
“This agreement gives us the opportunity to expand our mission in Europe. This is in line with our decision last year to reach out to all parties Armenian and non Armenian, especially academic circles, who have a keen interest in Armenian Studies on the continent. The close cooperation in educational and academic spheres is something that will enrich our experience.
“Most importantly, the ethos of the Programme of Armenian Studies revolves around a deeply rooted commitment in the promotion of Western Armenian and its cultural heritage in written or in other shapes and forms. Working closely with the Pázmány Péter Catholic University will give us the chance to explore the feasibility of our mission in a new context.
“We look forward to a long and productive cooperation.”