European Projects

European Projects

Erasmus+ programme “Introducing work-based learning in higher education systems of Armenia and Moldova for better employability of graduates” (WBL4JOB) project

The WBL4JOB project aims to enhance partnership between enterprises and HEIs and to increase graduates’ employability through development and implementation of supporting policy, legal framework and generic, flexible Apprenticeships Higher Education Model (AHEM) with the ultimate aim of promoting the work-based learning (WBL) in Armenia and Moldova.

The following project outputs/outcomes are expected to be sustainable after the end of the Erasmus+ programme funding:

- WBL Policy and Implementation Toolkit,

- 52 trained staff on WBL/apprenticeship policies, schemes and tools,

- 60 trained teaching staff/mentors on apprenticeship-oriented teaching/learning,

- National Policy for implementation of WBL in HE systems,

-  2 AHEMs, including an undergraduate one year apprenticeship based programme  “Specialized Licence in Banking and Insurance” (SLBI),

- Amendments to national legislations supporting apprenticeship,

- 4 equipped universities,

- Partnership agreements for activities after lifetime of the project.    

Project budget: 847433 euros.

Period of realization: 2021-2024.

Project consortium


  • French University in Armenia (UFAR) – Coordinator
  • Shirak State University (ShSU)
  • Union of Banks of Armenia (UBA)
  • Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia (MESCS)


  • Trade Cooperative University of Moldova (TCUM)
  • Alecu Russo Balti State University (USARB)
  • Moldinkombank (MICB) 
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of Moldova (MECR)


  • Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (JML3U)
  • University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA)


  • University of Applied Sciences Krems (IMC)


  • European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN)


Associated partner: Moldovan Banks Association Xarxa FP


“Reforming doctoral education in armenia in line with needs of academia, industry and current eu practices” (ARMDOCT)



Since 2019 UFAR is integrated to the project “Reforming doctoral education in Armenia in line with needs of academia, industry and current eu practices” (ARMDOCT). ARMDOCT is an initiative of the French University in Armenia and represents the continuation of the C3QA project, coordinated by UFAR.

The ARMDOCT project addresses an urgent need in Reforming Doctoral Education (DE) in Armenia in line with the Salzburg Principles with the emphasis on policy, legal framework (including by-laws) and institutional procedures supporting integrative and internationally-oriented doctoral studies involving universities, research institutions and industry.


The action foresees:

  • strengthening strategic, infrastructural & human capacities in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Institutes of the National Academy of Sciences (SRIs), the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia; 
  • development of national new policy and legal framework, including by-laws for doctoral education in Armenia and further approval by national Ministry for pilot implementation;
  • revision of institutional policies, procedures based on the redesigned national regulatory framework and design of the Institutional Handbook for Doctoral Education;
  • establishment and operationalization of 5 Doctoral Schools creating synergies between HEIs, SRIs and industry;
  • promotion of networking and long-term cooperation between Armenian and European HEIs for further internationalization of higher education research in Armenia.

Major outcomes

  1. National Framework for Doctoral Studies and Award of National Diploma of Doctor (NFDS)
  2. Legal framework (NPD and NFDS) adopted by the Armenian Government for pilot implementation
  3. Institutional Handbook for Doctoral Education adopted by institutional authorities
  4. Training packages developed by EU partners (publicly available in the project's download area)
  5. Pilot reports of newly established 5 Doctoral Schools
  6. Trained staff of higher education institutions, Scientific-Research Institutions and the Ministry
  7. Network created (memorandum signed between consortium members and beyond for doctoral education development)

Doctoral schools (DS) to be piloted

  1. DS in Pedagogy (YSLU and ASPU) to be mentored by the UCP
  2. DS in Technological Sciences (NPUA, UFAR and IIAP) to be mentored by the UNITE
  3. DS in Mathematics (YSU, VSU) to be mentored by the VU
  4. DS in Economic Sciences (ISEC, EIU) to be mentored by the JML3U
  5. DS in Medical Sciences (YSMU) to be mentored by the UCP

AM partners 

  • French University in Armenia
  • Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovian (ASPU) 
  • Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU)
  • Vanadzor State University named after Hovhannes Tumanyan (VSU)
  • Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS)
  • Yerevan State University (YSU)
  • National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA)
  • Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (IIAP)
  • International Scientific-Educational Center of NAS RA (ISEC)
  • The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia (MESCS)

EU partners 

  • Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) (Portugal)
  • University of Teramo (UNITE) (Italy)
  • Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 (JML3U) (France)
  • Vilnius University (VU) (Lithuania)


UFAR has coordinated European Tempus and Erasmus + projects



In 2014, the French University in Armenia has coordinated the project of ''Quality assurance and recognition of transnational education in Armenia and Georgia''. The project aimed to develop a system and mechanisms to ensure the quality of transnational higher education, to be applied in Armenia and Georgia.

The program included 19 institutions from Belgium, Germany, Armenia, United Kingdom, Georgia and France as well as Armenian and Georgian Ministries of Education and Science.

The project results can be found on the TNE QA website.



In 2016, the French University in Armenia coordinated the project "Promoting internationalization of research through establishment and operationalization

of cycle 3 quality assurance systems in line with the European integration" (C3QA). The project consortium included 21 institutions from Armenia, Belgium, France, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Ukraine, including higher education institutions, quality assurance structures and the Ministries of Education and Science of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Ukraine. 
The purpose of the C3QA project was to develop and test the conceptual framework and instrumentation of Cycle 3 education, in particular the quality of PhD programs, as well as practical mechanisms and procedures that would then be applied in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Ukraine.

The project results can be found on the C3QA website.



UFAR is part of the UNESCO Chairs' Network for Education, Training and Research for Sustainable Development, which brings together 21 Francophone Universities worldwide.