Important Mechanism proposed to reduce Corruption in Universities

After the April war, the public want to see real steps, real action and real results. Mr. Karen Zadoyan, President of the Armenian Lawyers’ Association (ALA) and Coordinator of CSOs’ Anti-Corruption Coalition Secretariat said today at the discussion of the repot “Monitoring of enhancing Anti-Corruption Education and Integrity in the Universities of the RA”.

Referring to the education sector, he proposed to introduce a mechanism of anti-corruption audit tool. Mr. Zadoyan cited the experience of Poland, “The management of universities in Poland, for example, at the meeting with the Rector of Wroclaw Medical University the latter said, “If the opinion of the Anti-Corruption Audit is not published on the website of our University, then it will be considered corrupt and students will not apply to this university.” In other words the public opinion is very sensitive to this issue, and if universities do not have the tool, and have not applied it, then they shall be deemed as corrupt and the students would not want to study in such university,” the President of Armenian Lawyers’ Association said, informing that this experience was studied a few years ago as part of the study tour to Poland.

According to him, active steps should be undertaken to introduce this tool in our country.

“ELEGIA” NGO prepared the report “Monitoring of enhancing Anti-Corruption Education and Integrity in the Universities of the RA” in the scope of the project “Corruption Prevention and strengthening of Integrity in Educational System of Armenia” implemented with funds of small sub-grants provided in the framework of “Multi-Faceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project implemented by the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO and the partner “Freedom of Information Center” NGO with funds received from the European Union and the OSCE Yerevan Office.

Mr. Harutyun Aleksanyan, the President of “ELEGIA” NGO, speaking about the report said that the project duration was two months, “During this period we sued up the corruption risks in 9 Universities of the RA, of which 7 were state educational institutions and 2 were private,” Mr. Aleksanyan said and then introduced the results.