In 1996 the Biophysics Center of Armenian NAS was awarded the status of UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences and was reorganized into Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RA.
The purpose of the Chair is to promote cooperative research, advanced training and exchange of information in neurosciences, biophysics, environmental sciences, biotechnology and biomedical engineering in Armenia and worldwide to facilitate the collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and the local scientific community.
In collaboration with different international organizations UNESCO Chair organizes regular International UNESCO Seminars on actual problems of Life Sciences with participation of leading scientists from different countries.
UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center has made agreements with UNESCO Office and Stony Brooke University, NY on staff and student exchange.
In 2017 UNESCO has approved the creation of “UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health” initiated by UNESCO Chair at Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center.
The Network is organized in partnership with Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (Ukraine, Kiev), Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation, Moscow), University of Tehran (Iran, Tehran), Istanbul Medeniyet University (Turkey, Ankara), Jamia Hamdard University (India, Delhi), University of Maragheh (Iran, Maragheh), University of Mashhad (Iran, Tehran), Ivan Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine (Georgia, Tbilisi), National Polytechnic University of Armenia (Armenia, Yerevan).
The Network provides PhD program, which is partially borrowed from PhD educational program of Institute for Health and the Environment of University at Albany (USA) and Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Southampton University (UK). The courses are conducted in English. Theoretical courses (core and supporting) will be realized through distant education system and will be conducted by a team of leading lecturers from international universities. PhD students will have the opportunity to conduct a part of their dissertation in laboratories of partner universities.