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Cultural cooperation

 

Cultural cooperation

A bilateral Agreement on cultural, scientific and technical cooperation is in force since April 15, 2003.

Cultural relations see a genuine interest for the Italian language and culture, as is also compounded by the success of events such as the Italian cinema festival and the concerts organized by the Embassy.

The Italian language is being taught at the State University, Brusov University, the Academy of Arts and Komitas conservatory. Courses have also started at the Chekov school in Yerevan.

The Italian Ministry of foreign affairs and international corporation contributes by making scholarships available to arming and students.

Incentives for the translation of Italian texts have recently seen Machiavelli's Prince being translated into the Armenian language.

Archaeological missions are being carried out at lake Sevan, in Kotayk region, and in Vayots Dzor. Fruitful corporation is under way also in the field of relativistic astrophysics through the ICRANET centre of Pescara and Byurakan Observatory.

 

We inform all the Armenian students intending to travel to Italy to attend courses in the academic year 2010-2011 that, in some case single Universities may not dispose of a dormitory campus for students. In such cases it may be useful to visit the website www.collegiuniversitari.it containing a list of available accommodation offered by the Conferenza dei Collegi Universitari (CCU), legally recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
This kind of accommodation offered in 14 Italian University cities represents a valuable solution in terms of  quality and price, as well as a perfect place to meet with other students, both Italian and international.
Further information concerning other excellent accommodation options in Italy, is available on the RUI Foundation web site www.fondazionerui.it as well as on the site www.camplus.it.
It should be underlined that the Embassy of Italy in Yerevan and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall NOT assume any liability for eventual damages deriving from the choice of one of the abovementioned university residences.

 

 

The Italian Embassy in Armenia is particularly active in promoting bilateral cultural cooperation. As a matter of fact the diffusion of Italian culture in Armenia represents one of the main instruments for opening new perspectives in other spheres of cooperation. Armenia is a country with strong artistic traditions ranging from literature to fine arts and to music. Consequently it looks towards Italy as a model and reference point. One of the venues of the Embassy’s cultural activity is a multimedia hall able to accommodate up to 70 people, which also includes a library of Italian literature. It is open to public on Tuesday from 3 pm to 4 pm. 

One of the Embassy’s main cultural activities is the promotion of the Italian language by means of an Italian lecturer at the Yerevan State University, in close co-operation with Brusov Linguistic State University and other local Universities offering Italian classes. This has been producing a major impact both on the number of students enrolling to Italian courses as well as on the quality of teaching. A space with a library devoted to Italian teaching was opened in each of the Universities. Brusov University also hosts the local Societa’ Dante Alighieri. In 2003, Italian language was awarded at Brusov University the “first special tongue” academic status. The same occurred at Yerevan State University in 2008. Additionally, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants Armenian students and researchers with several scholarships. 

Numerous events have been organized at the Embassy’s multimedia theatre for Armenian teachers and students of Italian. Film screening provides further occasion to deepen Italian culture and language knowledge (see News).   

The yearly held “Week of the Italian Language in the World” aims at giving a multifaceted overview of our culture while pursuing close cooperation with local institutions. In 2008 it was entitled “The Italian at Square” and included also the exhibition “The Words of the Square, The Square of the Words” by the University for Foreigners of Siena.  

In 2008, the Embassy of Italy organized many events. Among them, it is worth mentioning Puccini’s opera “La Rondine”, performed by the Yerevan State Conservatory, as well ass the film festival “Italian Contemporary Cinema” at the Yerevan National Gallery.   

It should be remarked the Embassy’s support for numerous delegations from Italian Universities and Institutions carrying out their activities in Armenia in the field of archeology and restoration of the Armenian heritage. One of the main beneficiaries of such a support has been the “Centro Studi e Documetazione della Cultura Armena” (Center for Studies and Documentation of the Armenian Culture, www.csdca.it), now involved in a restoration project of Kobayr Monastery, in the region of Lori.   

Recalling the past, an outstanding event was the Italian-Armenian Friendship Days’ Festival in November 2005, organized jointly by the Italian Embassy and the Armenian Government. The Festival hosted up to 36 free cultural initiatives and 72 events and was defined by Armenian authorities as “historic”.


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