Group of students demonstrate for sacked interim rector’s return
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS. A group of students of the State Economics University of Armenia in Yerevan are on strike in a demonstration demanding interim rector Ruben Hayrapetyan’s return to office.
Hayrapetyan was serving as interim rector of the university from December 2018 until August 2019, when he was dismissed after plagiarism-related accusations emerged about his PhD dissertation. Hayrapetyan admitted that his thesis had some discrepancies and after a meeting with Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Arayik Harutyunyan he stepped down.
A student identifying herself as Ani Khachatryan at the strike told reporters that they have already sent a letter to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. “Our demand is that the person who has initiated initiatives at the university returns and continues the reforms that he was carrying out”, she said.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan