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ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE IN ESTONIA

Within the framework of international cooperation the delegation of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry headed by the headmaster A. Ghazaryan visited the Republic of Estonia from the 25th of November till the 2nd of December, 2017 according to the preliminary agreement. They visited the partners from Estonia there, Valga County Vocational Training Centre, the three branches of Ida-Virumaa Vocational Training Centre (Sillamae city, Narva city, Johvi city) with which the college has been cooperating for already 10 years. The delegation within the framework of the experience exchange program also visited Tartu Vocational Training Centre as well as Tartu Universty where the Armenian outstanding writer and founder of Eastern (Modern) Armenian Literature KH. Abovyan studied.
The delegation of Armenian-Greek College discussed with the directorate of the above-mentioned Estonian educational institutions the ways of the further cooperation, the dates of the further visits and an agreement was made too according to which in May of 2018 the students and teachers of Armenian-Greek College will go to Valga County Vocational Training Centre and Ida-Virumaa Vocational Training Centre to have professional practice there


THE VISIT OF IDA-VIRUMAA VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CENTRE TO ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE

On the 25th of October, the delegation of Ida-Virumaa Vocational Educational centre in the Republic of Estonia which is the international partner of Armenian-Greek College visited Armenian-Greek College being headed by the headmaster of the centre, Hannes Mets.
The students and staff of Armenian-Greek College as always warmly received the guests from abroad. At the beginning of the visit Mr. Mets discussed with the new headmaster of Armenian-Greek College the steps and actions of the cooperation, so a new agreement of academic collaboration between the two educational institutions was signed. The headmasters exchanged memoranda of cooperation as well.
Afterwards, the students of “Technology of Public Food” showed a master-class for the guests cooking Qyufta with minced meat and Khurjin with beef. The guests were invited to taste the delicious dishes and dessert of Armenian traditional cuisine which were cooked by the students.
At the end of the visit they reached an agreement that representatives of Armenian-Greek College will visit Estonia during November and December, 2017.


REWARDS TO THE TEACHERS OF VET SCHOOLS

On the 19th of October, 2017 a group of teachers of VET schools were awarded certificates of honour and gratitude of the Ministry of Education and Science of RA for their long-term achievements in the field of education and for “Teacher’s Day”. Manuk Mkrtchyan, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Education and Science of RA, congratulated and gave the rewards to the participants. The latter gave importance to the fact that the matter of professional orientation is already stated at an earlier age and pupils have the opportunity to orient themselves in their future profession. “ Your role is important in this regard too. You surely overcome all problems that arise and have good results. These rewards are the assessment of your work and I hope that they will motivate and give you more energy”, said Manuk Mkrtchyan thanking all the teachers for their everyday cherished work. Melanya Ghazaryan, a teacher and the head of the department of practice and Ruzanna Sandoyan a teacher and the head of the chair of foreign languages of Armenian-Greek College were also rewarded certificates.


We congratulate and thank you for your everyday cherished work.

On the 15th of October “ACQUAITANCE DAY OF PROFESSION” competition was held at “Aries Lunch” Ltd. within the framework of vocational education and training (VET) cooperation program. There, due to its diligence and culinary skills the team of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry won the first prize. The evaluation criteria for the competition were as follows:
• Difficulty and diversity of dishes
• Design and service of dishes
• Taste, quality
• Team-work skills
• Time schedule management
• Environmental protection / Effective use of food, cleanliness, quiet work.
The students of Armenian-Greek College will also take part in the second stage of the competition, which will be held by the end of the year.


Armenian-Greek College at the 9th traditional "Areni" wine festival.

On Saturday, the 7th of October , by the order of the staff of Shengavit administrative district a cleanup was organized at Armenian-Greek College during which the students of the college leaded by their teachers cleaned not only the college but its surrounding territory as well.
On the 28th of September the military instructors of Shengavit administrative district held their regular meeting at Armenian-Greek College. During the meeting V. Papikyan, the military instructor of the college, made a report entitled “International Humanitarian Law”. The military instructors leaded by R. Bakhshyan, the coordinator of Shengavit administrative district military instructors and S. Yesayan, the president of Veterans' Union attended a military class in order to study the structure of the lesson. After the class there was a meeting with the director of Armenian-Greek College A. Ghazaryan during which in addition to current issues, a number of issues concerning patriotic education as well as the further activities were discussed. J. Araqelyan, a clinical resident of Oncology Department of Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology held a meeting-discussion on “Healthy Lifestyle” and “Prevention and treatment of Oncological diseases” topics. The lecture on the 26th Anniversary of Armenian Independence Day started with the hymn and ended with the dances and songs performed by the students.

VISIT OF NARVA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL CENTRE DELEGATION TO ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE


On the 28th of July, 2017 the delegation of Narva (Republic of Estonia) professional educational centre visited Armenian-Greek college headed by their headmaster Yelena Lokhmatova.

The staff and students of Armenian-Greek College warmly welcomed the international partners. After a discussion about the educational systems of Armenia and Estonia the students showed them a master-class of traditional Armenian tolma with grape leaf inviting the guests to wrap tolma themselves.

At the end of the master-class the guests were invited to the tasting-hall to taste the delicious dishes prepared by the students’ hands.





VISIT OF THE DELEGATION OF RIGA TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF TOURISM AND CREATIVE INDUSTRY TO ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE


On the 3rd of April, the delegation of the international partner of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry: Riga Technical School of Tourism and Creative Industry leaded by their headmaster Miss Silva Ozolina mutually visited Armenian-Greek College. Note that in October, 2016 the delegation of Armenian-Greek College visited the above-mentioned school and according to initial agreement Riga delegation which consists of 10 people will be staying in Armenia until the 7th of April.
After discussing with the headmaster the further steps of cooperation the delegation particiapted in the presentation of the Armenian-Greek College then students took the opportunity to personally ask questions to the management of Riga School. Without breaking the tradition the students of the Armenian-Greek College invited Latvian guests to the educational kitchen to take part in the master-class of the traditional Armenian tolma which was followed with the tasting of the various dishes prepared by the students beforehand.
The delegation of Riga Technical School of Tourism and Creative Industry expressed its gratitude both to the staff and students of the Armenian-Greek College for such a warm reception and gave them souvenirs as a sign of gratitude.

“CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE” 2016 ITALYont>


Within the framework of cooperation between “Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry” and European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT) on the 4th until the 10th of December, 2016 two employees and three students of Armenian-Greek college participated in “Christmas in Europe” 2016 annual cultural-youth programme which took place in San Benedetto Del Tronto of Italy.
The programme itself reflects intercultural communication. Young people from different European countries studying the fields of service and tourism assemble to present the christmas customs and traditions of their countries.
This year the students of Armenian-Greek college presented properly Armenian Christmas. On “European Buffet” day they treated the Europeans Armenian traditional dishes, dessert and also performed an Armenian dance with national costumes.
Having fulfilled its mission successfully this year, Armenian-Greek college is going to participate in “Christmas in Europe” 2017 programme which is to take place in Portugal.

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Continuing to expand the framework of its cooperation, on the 8th of December, 2016 Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry signed an agreement of cooperation with Armavir State Medical College who were welcomed in the warm walls of the Armenian-Greek College headed by the president of their student council and their headmaster Mr. Khachatryan.
At the beginning of the meeting Armenian-Greek College presented its professions, its general structure, its function after which the two headmasters signed officially an agreement of cooperation. The headmaster of Armenian-Greek College mentioned that although the college cooperates with about 20 foreign educational institutions, however, he gives too much importance to intercollege cooperation within the republic which can help them to have more fruitful results through experience exchange.
An agreement of cooperation was signed between the student councils of the two educational institutions too. As a sign of the new cooperation, one of the talented students of Armenian-Greek College performed a beautiful dance making a surprise to everyone.
After signing the agreement the students of Armenian-Greek College invited their guests to the tasting hall to taste tanapur and Armenian traditional halva cooked by their own hands. The discussions about their further steps continued at the table too. The tasting was followed by a college tour the next stop of which was at the headmaster’s office. The headmaster of the college of Armavir said warmly good bye to the headmaster of Armenian-Greek college making an agreement that they will next organize a conference on medicine and healthy diet where the two colleges will participate.

THE NEWLY APPOINTED GREEK AMBASSADOR JOINED THE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT THE ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE


On the 11th of November, 2016 a pumpkin festival which is considered to be one of the symbols of autumn was held at Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry.
The newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Greece in Armenia Mrs Nafsika Vrayila was invited to the festival together with her delegation.
Representatives of the social partners of the college and principals of other educational institutions also participated in it.
After the Greek ambassador was met with “bread and salt” by the staff and the students of the college the pumpkin festival started and it was accompanied with songs and dances all the time. Not only Armenian cuisine was presented in the festival but the international one too. The students surprised the guests with their professional skills and mastery showing pumpkin dishes, dessert and cocktails made by them. Moreover, the festival turned into an exhibition later when the future cooks of the Armenian-Greek college showed their hand-made aesthetically designed pumpkins as well as other things made by pumpkin. A competition was held as a result of which the students who had made the best things by pumpkin were awarded with certificates by the ambassador herself.
At the end of the festival at the press conference the Greek ambassador Mrs Vrayila and her other collegues expressed their profound admiration and gratitude for having the chance to be present at such an educational-master event and added that the students of the Armenian-Greek college managed to convince everybody that pumpkin, indeed, is not only a very useful and delicious vegetable which has had its special role in both agriculture and health for ages but various nice things can be made by it as well.

ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE AT THE 29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF HOTEL AND TOURISM SCHOOLS (AEHT)

This year again A. Vardanyan, the headmaster of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry participated in the 29th Annual Conference of European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT) which took place in London from the 20th till the 28th of October, 2016. This year the conference was organized by Docklands Academy of London (DAL).
The main goal of the conference was to sum up all the AEHT activities carried out during 2016 and to discuss the successive events for 2017 consequently Armenian-Greek College being a full AEHT member had to express its opinion and vote about the above-mentioned as well.
The conference was accompanied by hotel, catering, design and bartender competitions in which teachers and students of vocational education institutions of different countries participated.
Despite the fact that Armenian-Greek College has been cooperating with Docklands Academy of London for years, nevertheless, during the visit A. Vardanyan discussed with the headmaster of the academy the steps of further cooperation within the framework of continuous education especially the implementation of higher educational programs.

VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF GREECE

Based on the invitation of “ASLANIDIS” Tourism School of Thessaloniki, Republic of Greece, from May 29 till June 8, 2016 teachers and students leaded by the headmaster of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry A.M. Vardanyan made a trip to the Hellenic Republic.
Taking into consideration that the trip was by bus and the first border to cross was the Armenian-Georgian, the group visited “New Wave” Community College of Qobuleti, Republic of Georgia, which is one of the loyal international partners of the Armenian-Greek College and with which Armenian-Greek College cooperates for already eight years. There the directorate of “New Wave” College had a surpsise for the Armenian-Greek College. It was announced that according to the actions of “New Wave” College at international level during the last year the best results were achieved by the collaboration with Armenia that is why Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry was declared to be the best partner of “New Wave” Community College in 2016. To express their gratitude as well as to prove that Armenian-Greek College is always ready to closely cooperate with Georgia, the students showed their Georgian partners a master-class preparing the Armenian traditional salad with aveluk and tanapur.
In Thessaloniki the group participated in the seminar “Tourism in Greece” which was organized by the inviting side, “ASLANIDIS” Tourism School. Later they participated in another seminar-lesson in “Verginia” hotel which is also located in Thessaloniki. The topic of the seminar-lesson was Hotel Business in Greece.
During the few days spent in Greece the group made educational-cognitive visits to the sights of Greece as was previously planned and got as much as possible familiar to the history, national cuisine and traditions of Greece. During the stay the teachers and students of the Armenian-Greek College developed their professional knowledge and skills especially in the sphere of tourism and food technology, got familiar to the educational system of Greece, the students developed their language skills which they had achieved in the Armenian-Greek College during the learning process when they studied Greek as a second foreign language.
The headmaster of Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry discussed with the director of “ASLANIDIS” Tourism School Georgios Aslanidis their further collaboration. Both directors made new agreements according to which similar educational-cognitive visits are planned not only in Greece but also in Armenia.
On their way back the group of the Armenian-Greek College made a stop in Alexandroupoli to admire the historical city.
All the representatives of the group were granted certificates of participation.


THE VISIT OF THE DELEGATION OF SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMY TO ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE
On the 16th of December the Vice Rector and the Head of Student Admission and Professional work Department of Saint Petersburg State University of Economy has visited Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry for the second time. The first visit was in 2008 when the above-mentioned educational institution was still called St. Petersburg State University of Service and Economy. During their first visit an agreement of academic cooperation was signed by the two educational institutions and now when the university has been renamed an agreement of cooperation was signed again between St. Petersburg State University of Economy and Armenian-Greek College as a result of which the students of Armenian-Greek College will have many opportunities in the field of education. The representatives of St. Petersburg met with the graduates and the teachers of the Armenian-Greek College where presented their university and their learning conditions according to which students:

• will enter the university without entrance examinations
• can study for free part-time and full-time
• will receive scholarships
• will be provided with accomodation in the university student hostel.
At the end of the meeting not only students but also teachers wished to study there as the University of Economy offers master degree and post-graduate programmes as well.

NEW YEAR AND CHRISTMAS IN GREECE
On the 22nd of December at Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry an event with the title “New Year and Christmas in Greece” took place organized by the teacher of Greek Ruzanna Sandoyan. Third-year students of “Organization of service at hotels and tourist complexes” department participated in it. The event included not only songs, information about Greek New Year customs but also a special message which preached love and peace to the world since New Year and Christmas are family and love holidays. At the end of the event Father Christmas came after which they all together cut the Greek pie made by the students themselves to turn out whose will be the “coin of success” of the inside of the pie.

PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN ESTONIA
From the 2nd till the 12th of December, 2015 within the framework of the academic cooperation between “Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry” SNCO and Valga professional educational centre of Estonia one teacher and five students of the Armenian-Greek college went to Estonia to have their professional internship in the above-mentioned educational institution.
The students of the Armenian-Greek college learned about modern food technologies, about the European standards of service and at the same time they presented the Armenian delicious cuisine too. Remaining faithful to the habit which has become a tradition the team of the Armenian-Greek college announced “Armenian evening” where they offered Armenian traditional dishes prepared with their own hands as well as the Armenian girl presented a nice national dance.
The professional internship was combined with visits to the cultural venues in Estonia and in neighbouring Sweden which impressed the Armenian students very much.

“CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE” 2015 LUXEMBOURG
Within the framework of cooperation between “Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry” and European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT) on the 2nd of December until the 8th of December, 2015 two employees and three students of Armenian-Greek college participated in “Christmas in Europe” 2015 annual cultural programme which this year took place in Luxembourg. It should be noted that, Armenia has participated in this great and youth event for the first time in 2014, in Slovakia. Armenian-Greek college is the first and the only to take part in “Christmas in Europe” programme the aim of which is intercultural communication, the consolidation of the young people from different European countries studying the fields of service and tourism and what is the most important the presentation of the christmas customs and traditions of vaious countries. This year the students of Armenian-Greek college presented properly how Armenians celebrate Christmas, cooked and treated the Europeans Armenian traditional dishes, performed an Armenian dance with national costumes. “Christmas in Europe” is unique among the various events organized by the European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT) as it includes almost all the elements essential for the young: culture, religion, language, history, knowledge and skills. Having performed its mission successfully this year, Armenian-Greek college is going to participate in “Christmas in Europe” 2016 programme which is to take place in Italy.

“SAY YES TO NON-FORMAL IN SCHOOLS”


Within the framework of Erasmus+ “Say Yes to Non-Formal in Schools” programme has taken place recently in the Republic of Georgia, in Qobuleti. The programme lasted seven days and four countries participated: Georgia, Armenia, Estonia and Latvia. Armenia was represented by Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry. There were two teachers and two students in the college group. The aim of the programme is to implement a revolution in the classic, traditional learning system making learning process more attractive and full of games. During the programme cultural events took place too due to which the participants got to know each other’s countries better. The delegation of the Armenian-Greek college presented Armenia, the Armenian nation properly and also organized an Armenian evening which was full of Armenian songs and dances.


COOPERATION BETWEEN ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE AND MOSCOW PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

After signing an agreement of a new cooperation between Armenian-Greek College and Moscow Professional College of Innovative Technologies, 6 students studying “Technology of public food” and 2 teacher-masters arrived in Armenia from Moscow from the May 31st until June 6th. The representatives from Moscow had their professional practice at Armenian-Greek college learning about the history of Armenian cuisine and the preparation of a variety of traditional dishes. Within the framework of the exchange programme excursions to the sights of RA were organized. The guests visited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia too were they were warmly welcomed and took part in the discussion about youth issues. The principal of the Armenian-Greek college A. Vardanyan made a special surprise for the Russian students. He arranged a meeting with the kitchen expert, president of an Armenian NGO "Preservation and Development of Armenian Culinary Traditions”, chief cook and general director of “Ararat Hall” restaurant who especially for the Russians did a master-class presenting the very famous Armenian dish “Ararat plav”, its way of preparation and what it symbolizes. The master-class was followed by the sincere interview between S. Mamulyan and the Russians. Due to this new Armenian-Russian cooperation many similar visits are expected among the two educational institutions the result of which will be that students will combine studies with other cognitive events.

VISIT OF ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE TO GREECE

This year again Armenian-Greek College made a journey to Greece, Thessaloniki and Athens. At the beginning of the journey the delegation which consisted of the staff, the students as well as of the social partners of the college visited Kobuleti Community College “Akhali Talgha” (New Wave) of the Republic of Georgia. There they had the opportunity to get acquainted with the principals of the organization of the learning process, to participate in the practical lessons and as a result the delegation members were awarded with certificates. Afterwards, the delegation went to Thessaloniki visiting the historical monuments and the sights of the old city. In Athens, with the invitation of Zoi Kostandoupoulou, the president of Hellenic Parliament, the college delegation visited the Hellenic Parliament where they were warmly received by the President and the deputies.


Greek Parliament President's Visit To The Armenian-Greek College For The 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

The President of the Greek Parliament Zoi Kostandoupoulou visited Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide where she was warmly received by all the staff and the students of the college. During the meeting the President of the Parliament said that it is a great honour for her to be by the Armenian people at such a historical moment, moreover, it is very pleasant being in an educational institution where the Armenian-Greek historical and friendly relationship is brightly reflected. While leaving, Zoi Kostandoupoulou said excitedly: “ As a Greek, I’m very proud to see Armenians who despite being Greek, are familiar with Greek history, culture, speak and sing Greek not less than Greeks themselves. I promise to formally receive these enthusiastic students in the Parliament of Greece, as I know that a delegation of the college is to arrive in Athens very soon”.

DOUBLE HOLIDAY AT THE ARMENIAN-GREEK COLLEGE

April the 2nd was a special day for Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry. That day the college hosted inside its warm walls the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiory Ambassador of the Republic of Greece in Armenia Mr. Ioannis Taghis, the staff of the Ministry of Education and Science of RA and its social partners in order to celebrate together Easter as well as Mother’s and Beauty Day. At first the guests were present at the open lesson organized by the students at the tasting hall of the college. The open lesson started with a historical review made by the president of “Development and maintenance of culinary traditions" NGO Sedrak Mamulyan then the students of the Armenian-Greek college presented the dishes served on Easter and explained what they symbolize, made quotes from the Holy Bible, afterwards, the guests tasted the traditional Easter dishes. At the second half of the day all the staff, the students of the college and the guests moved to the college hall to listen to the concert dedicated to Mother’s and Beauty Day. Many dance groups, singers and actors made performance such as Julieta Babayan, Margarita Khachatryan, Arayik Hambardzumyan and others. There was a festive high mood all over the college.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN ESTONIA

In November 2014, within the framework of the academic cooperation between “Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry” SNCO and “Ida Virumaa” professional educational institution of Estonia (c. Ihvi), once more two lecturers and six students went to Estonia to have their professional practice in the above-mentioned educational institution. The students of the Armenian-Greek College learned about modern food preparation technologies, about the European standards of service as well as they announced “Armenian evening” there and offered Armenian traditional dishes prepared with their own hands. During practice the students had also the opportunity to visit cultural venues not only in Estonia but also in Sweden and Finland.