MA TEFL Program Receives Grant for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research

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YEREVAN, Armenia – Seven graduating students from the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Master’s program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA TEFL) have received a grant from Open Society Foundations Armenia towards a research study that investigates the dishonest purchase of academic papers in public universities of Armenia.

The team, consisting of MA TEFL graduates Sona Budaghyan, Mariam Khachatryan, Hasmik Bisharyan, Narine Gevorgyan, Kristine Goroyan, Lilit Manvelyan, and Sirush Vardazaryan, with Assistant Professor Dr. Irshat Madyarov serving as a mentor, intends to collect data from representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, and over 800 students, faculty, and administrators from 15 public universities of Armenia, of which 11 are from Yerevan, and four are from the regions.

The $2,500 grant encourages collaborative student-faculty research to increase the capacity of young professionals to conduct applied research.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.


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