On June 27, a meeting-presentation dedicated to the educational program for the study of Armenian language as the first Oriental language, Armenian history and culture established for the 2012/13 academic year was held at the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University after Lomonosov.
Among participants were RA Ambassador to Russia Oleg Yesayan, Head of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University after Lomonosov, M. Meyer, as well as representatives of community organizations and Armenian presses in Moscow.
In his speech, RA Ambassador to Russia Oleg Yesayan mentioned that the instruction of Armenian language at the university was of special significance and underlined that the study of language was the most important means of maintaining contacts between nations. The Ambassador also expressed confidence that the established educational program would be for the benefit of further development of Armenian-Russian ties and would help bring the societies of both countries closer together. Oleg Yesayan added that the RA Embassy in Russia was willing to show support to the Institute of Asian and African Countries to implement the program.
According to Head of the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Moscow State University after Lomonosov, M. Meyer, the study of Armenian language at the university is a primary objective, based on the need of studying Armenian history and the rich Armenian cultural heritage. According to Meyer, one of the goals of establishing the program is to ensure the dissemination of knowledge of Armenia and the country's history and culture among the Russian society.
The head of the Institute also expressed confidence that it was necessary to prepare Russian experts that would be fluent in Armenian and grabar (classic Armenian) and would be involved in Armenian studies.