of the Round Table “Future University” at the Oxford Summit of Educational and Science Leaders, 16-19 December, 2013
on creation of World Postgraduate University Network
Human made environmental pollution brings the humanity to the thresholds of ecological catastrophe. This problem has become very complicated in developing regions of the world having rich ethnic diversity, social and religious conflicts, and because of lack of research and educational potential owing to the absence of adequate infrastructure for environmental control. Therefore, organization of an effective international networks of educational institutes dealing with natural and social sciences can only help to avoid it. For these purposes the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs’ and Bologna inter-university networks were launched in 1992 and 2003, respectively. However, the number of national and international factors, such as non-progressive research and education, national politics of developing countries and their hard economic situations, ethnic conflicts, religion and gender problems and different education level of countries are serious barriers for effective realization of the missions of these programs.
We suggest that many of these problems can be solved by organizing Future postgraduate universities as World universities with Regional branches (Chairs), using distance educational system (DES). The organization of such research and postgraduate educational buildings in different specialties on the basis of the global inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work would be possible to prepare science leaders. Through this network, the existing universities, especially in developing countries, must make efforts to start as regional branches of the World University Network through the establishing North-South-South cooperation, strengthening new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of their postgraduate educational programmers. In this field it could be very helpful to follow the experience of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs’ Program in Biophysics in Latin America launched in 1992.
We strongly believe that the creation of the World University Networks in postgraduate courses will serve also as a powerful tool for peace generation, for solving such important social problems in the world, as softening relationship between countries and ethnic groups having different religion and social orientations.
UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center (LSIPEC) in Armenia will start with the initiative to create research and postgraduate educational capacity building program in Biophysics and Environmental Sciences. A large number of distinguished scientists from different universities have expressed their willingness to be involved in this Project. The latter was the Subject of discussion of the round table “Future University” in the framework of the Oxford Summit of Leaders in Sciences and Education (16-19 December, Oxford, United Kingdom). The participants of the round table emphasized the importance of suggesting such program.
Moderator of Round Table “Future University”
Professor Sinerik Ayrapetyan
Chairholder of UNESCO Chair-Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center
31 Acharian St., Yerevan, 0040, Armenia
Tel: +374 10 624170/612461
Fax: +374 10 624170
International Postgraduate Educational and Research Capacity Building Program in Life Sciences has been discussed in the following international meetings:
1. Workshop on Education and Capacity Building: Asia-African needs Roorkee, India, February 2003 (IUPAB News 48, August 2003, p.21).
2. International Congress Biotechnology, The Bentham Science Newsletter, Volume4, Dubai, UAE, February 12-15, 2012.
3. Межд. Конф. Глобальные проблемы современной цивилизации, Симпозиум “Высшее образование”, Симферополь 23-25 апрель 2013
4. Oxford Summit of Leaders 'Science and Education', December 16–19 2013,
Short description of the current activity of participant departments of World University Network
PI Ilyin Viacheslav
Interview with Prof. Sinerik N. Ayrapetyan on World University Network
1.We would like to know about your journey towards your profession.
Prof. Sinerik: When I studied in the Yerevan State University, Biological Department I found a book on microelectrode recording of electrical activity of single cells in the library by a famous neurophysiologist from Ukrainian academy of sciences Platon Kostyuk which interested me greatly. He was the director of the Bogomolets Institute of Physiology. I wrote him a letter and he invited me to continue my education in his lab. Since that time I study the correlation of metabolic activity and electrical potential in neurons. My master, PhD and Doctoral thesis were on this subject. I published a series of works on electrogenic sodium pump dependent component of membrane potential in 1969. These works became pioneering in this field. After that until now I study the metabolic components of cell membrane in norm and pathology. Second essential discovery was the existence of reserval protein molecules in cell membrane having enzymatic and channel forming properties, which become active depending on cell hydration. On this subject I had a review lecture in 1980 in 10th International Physiological Congress, Budapest…
2. What are your main focused projects now and in the future?
Prof. Sinerik: Past 20 years I have been concerned in the realization of biological effects of extremely weak chemical and physical signal transduction in cell and the role of the electrogenic sodium pump isoforms in the realization of these signals’ effect in norm and pathology. We had a wide international collaboration on this topic (USA, UK, Germany, Jpan etc.). At present we have found that high affinity ouabain receptors (α3 and α2) are a universal extrasensitive sensor for various environmental factors the dysfunction of which is a starting point of medical disorders, including cancer, nerve and cardiovascular disorders.
3.How do you feel about the importance of Global peace?
Prof. Sinerik: I think that science and scientists have a great deal of responsibility in Global peace. Ever increasing use of technology producing ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, as well as artificial chemical and microbiological pollution of the environment brings the humanity to the threshold of ecological catastrophe. On the basis of the data that I just mentioned our center (UNESCO Chair – Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center) creates a postgraduate educational and research program Capacity Building in Environmental Science. This is extremely important for such region as South Caucasus and Minor Asian and FSU countries, having a number of economic, environmental controlling, public health, gender and other problems and existence of ethnic conflicts in the region.
It is suggested that the preparation of science leaders, as a result of organization of post-graduate educational courses in modern Life Sciences, could help to solve above mentioned problems. It is directed to promote the development of international friendship between different countries in the region. Thus, the organization of regional educational courses could serve not only practical but also politically significant role as a "peace generating" factor in the region.
4.What is your suggestion about scientific collaboration with the developing world?
Prof. Sinerik: Actually collaboration is rather important for a success in any sphere. Developing countries are a source of intellectual potential, and brain-drain is a problem in a large number of these countries. On the other hand the limitation of adequately educated specialists which meet modern demands on the basis of only national potential becomes impossible without additional support and needs integration of international research and educational potential. This issue is also an objective of our center, i.e. to promote Life Sciences in Armenia and regional countries by integration of the national research and technical potential with the international one.
5.What do you believe is the main reason of your success?
Prof. Sinerik: The reason of my success I believe is that a) I had a chance to start my work and had a large international experience with outstanding scientists: Platon Kostyuk, Peter Baker, Gerard Kerkut and Robert Walker, Peter Usherwood, David Carpenter, K. Koketsu, T. Takenaka, etc; b) I had a background not only in biology, but also in physics; c) I love my profession; d) I always had enthusiastic collaborators.
6.What is your vision about field of expertise and what different types of careers are available to the new comers.
Prof. Sinerik: The research area I am involved in is of great importance from the viewpoint of Environmental Pollution and Public Health. This problem becomes very complicated in developing countries where technology actively develops, but adequate environmental control infrastructure is not formed yet, although the changes of the level and character of environmental pollution needs new standards from the viewpoint of health safety. I can only advise young scientist to have a strong background not only in biology, but in physics, chemistry and mathematics, so that they could have a success in modern Life Sciences, whatever narrow specialization they choose.
Call for Joining LSIPEC Distance Education Network
Currently UNESCO Chair is organizing distance education system (DES) in Biotechnology, Neuroscience and Biophysics. It will give our prospective students a possibility to study at our short (as well as long) term courses. It will also widely promote the education of regional countries as we are going to have distance courses not only for students and researchers but also for high schools and medical workers on different aspects of healthcare and its organization. DES network is established between LSIPEC and with its offices in Greece, Iran, Georgia, Turkey India, Ukraine and Russian Federation.
Those life sciences research and educational establishments who would like to be involved in LSIPEC distance education network are welcome.
Please, do not hesitate to contact:
UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences - Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center
Avan - Acharian 31, Yerevan 0040, Armenia
Phone/Fax: (374 10) 62 41 70
Ph.D. COURSE ADDMISSION FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017
Duration of Ph.D. course is from 3 to 4 years (depending on speciality).
During Ph.D. courses the students will get 66 credits.
Courses are conducted in English. The courses will be conducted by the international team of distinguished scientists. English and modern computer courses are included in the educational program.
The graduates will receive the appropriate diploma of a state sample, the certificate of UNESCO Chair for specialized short practical and training courses.
The applicants should pass an exam according to the speciality and test in English.
The applicants should present:
a copy of applicant's graduate diploma,
· 4 photos,
· 2 letters of recommendation from advanced scientists of the appropriate area.
The details on the course can be found here
DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF COMPLETED APPLICATION IS 01-09-2016
For additional information please contact:
Avan - Acharian 31, Yerevan 0040,Armenia
Phone/Fax: (374 10) 62 41 70