Dr. Ashot Seferyan
Ph. D., Director of Executive MBA program, Institute of Business Studies, RANEPA, Moscow

“Armenia 2041”, the prepared strategy for the next 20 years, seems very interesting and reasonable. I believe, for the successful implementation of this strategy it is necessary to clearly rely on the two provisions mentioned in the manuscript. 

The first provision is largely ideological. It refers to the urgent need to reformat the national strategy and decisively move away from the prevailing image of the victim nation. This change in consciousness does not at all imply any oblivion of the tragedy of the people that occurred more than a hundred years ago or the abandonment of the legitimate requirements for the recognition of the Genocide. However, focusing on mental traumas, constantly turning to our tragic past does not help us to be integrated into the new digital and innovative global world. Today’s world is very pragmatic and less sentimental. It loves those in success! Fixing the attention of the global community on our achievements and successes makes us attractive in all aspects.

The second provision, closely related to the first, has a geopolitical character. Armenia, obviously, is a small and isolated country, which in the near future cannot hope for good neighborly relations with practically none of its neighbors. The lack of significant natural resources in the country only exacerbates this situation. We are an “island”! And this “insular” philosophy should be settled in the mind: we have nowhere to wait for help, and all our hopes are connected with internal resources. This means that human capital should become the basis for the development of the country. Which, in turn, implies paramount attention to the development of human resources – that is, the development of education! 

These provisions are to some extent reflected in the work. However, it seems to me that an effective optimization of the educational process and content is required, on the one hand, and widespread use of the scientific and educational opportunities of the diaspora through modern digital educational technologies, on the other.


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