Tempus and AUA


Through university cooperation projects, Tempus supports the modernization of higher education in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.

AUA-Tempus partnership in the projects: 

1. Industrial Cooperation and Creative Engineering Education based on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (iCo-op)

Objective: Empower university-enterprise partnerships in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine by modernizing engineering education based on remote engineering and virtual instrumentation enhanced with transversal knowledge and competences at universities; and by offering contemporary methods of the vocational education and training for adults in enterprises.

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Specific objectives:

  • Establish methodology for identification and monitoring demand for knowledge and skills in industry;
  • Deliver learning programs incorporating transversal and using remote laboratories/virtual instrumentation knowledge and competences;
  • Build mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships between academia and enterprises by offering internship programs and up-to-date industry training programs.


  • Established methodology of identifying and monitoring knowledge/skill needs of labor market in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine;
  • Incorporate learning modules based on the identified knowledge/skill needs on the one hand and remote lab and virtual instrumentation technologies on the other;
  • Established mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships between academia and enterprises offering internship programs and up-to-date training programs.

Partner countries: Georgia, Ukraine.  

EU partner countries: Austria, Germany, Romania, Spain.

2. Fostering Autonomy and Accountability: Development of State-of-the-art HE Management System for Efficient Changes in Line with Bologna Principles (GOVERN)

Objective: To enable application of the state-of-the-art management systems at Armenian HEIs for promoting effective and efficient structural changes in line with Bologna agenda thus enhancing HEIs autonomy and accountability.


Specific objectives:

  • Build on the capacity of administrative staff for managing system changes efficiently;
  • Revise the legal (system level) and regulatory (HEI level) frameworks in line with Bologna action lines;
  • Establish state-of-the-art university management system through overhaul of approaches to system changes: strategic, financial and human resource management;
  • Introduce working approaches to student-centered educational provisions: ECTS and academic program management to assure quality and promote student mobility.


  • Enable Bologna action lines implementation by leveraging existing top and middle level administration capacity;
  • New legal (system-wide) and regulatory (HEIs) frameworks in line with Bologna lines;
  • State-of-the-art management system based on new approaches to strategic and structural management, budget allocation, human resource management;
  • Indicators and criteria for academic program and student mobility operationalization;
  • New approaches for managing academic programs and office of academic affairs and registrar (installation of student portal and student affairs information management system).

EU partner countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, UK.

3. TNE_QA: Promoting quality and recognition of transnational education in Armenia and Georgia.

Objective: To enhance quality, as well as promote regulation and recognition of transnational education provisions in Armenia and Georgia by establishing internal Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and external (EQA) quality assurance mechanisms in line with OECD/UNESCO guidelines.


Tempus TNE_QA Site Visit to AUA. March 6, 2017
Site Visit Team:
– Michaela Martin, Program Specialist. UNESCO IIEP
– Jean-Baptiste Cartier, Senior Lecturer at the School of Management. Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
– To be determine, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
– Zaruhi Soghomoyan, Head of Foreign Languages Chair of UFAR
– Hagop Martirosyan, Student. Russian-Armenian University
– Ani Mkrtchyan, Responsible for Internal Quality Assurance, ANQA
– Ruben Topchjyan, Executive Director, ANQA
– Anushavan Makaryan, Head of the Division, ANQA 

Specific objectives:

  • Build on the capacity of the Armenian and Georgian HEIs and external quality assurance bodies to effectively manage quality assurance of TNE;
  • Develop and integrate quality assurance mechanisms at institutions that provide transnational education;
  • Develop and integrate quality assurance standards and procedures for external quality assurance systems to effectively manage the quality assurance procedures at universities providing TNE;
  • Ensure regulation, quality assurance, and recognition of TNE provisions in Armenia and Georgia.


  • Well-prepared staff at HEIs and EQA agency/Ministry to provide quality assurance of TNE;
  • Established/revised functions of IQA units at HEIs;
  • Nationwide standards, procedures, indicators and benchmarks for external quality assurance of TNE providers in Armenia and Georgia;
  • Institution-wide internal quality assurance Procedures Handbook for HEIs in Armenia and Georgia;
  • Legitimate and sustainable quality assurance system piloted and operationalized in Armenia and Georgia.

Partner country: Georgia.

EU partner countries: Belgium, Germany, France, UK.

4. Promoting Educational Organization through people (PEOPLE)

Objective: To reinforce top and middle managers of higher education institutions competencies by developing a human resource management and staff development strategy focusing the challenges the economic transition process of the partner countries and globalization are impacting higher education institutions.

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Specific objectives:

  • Carry out an HR processes and procedures audit to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats this domain is currently facing;
  • Carry out training needs detection throughout a map of competencies on HR in Higher Education Institutions;
  • Carry out a training for trainers (experts in the field of HR in the partner countries), which will further train the HR academic and staff people at each partner university;
  • Carry out training seminars on HR most relevant processes (identified in the previous objective) in order to improve the competencies of top and middle managers (both academic, administrative or technical staff);
  • Develop a strategic plan for the development of HR in each partner university taking into consideration their specific results of the audit analysis;
  • Implement the strategic plan during the second and third year of the project to follow up on deviations and improve results;
  • Create specific resource center at each partner university with materials, as well as an online platform with shared information on HR.


  • HR processes audit and mapping competencies
  • Trained Human Resources managers and staff
  • Strategic plan for the development of HR in each partner university
  • Establishment of HR resources centers

Partner countries: Georgia, Kazakhstan.

EU partner countries: Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For more about Tempus in Armenia visit the National Tempus Office in Armenia.