Former German Ambassador Hans-Jochen Schmidt Became Honorary Professor of Russian-Armenian University
On March 23, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany Hans-Jochen Schmidt, was awarded with the title “Professor Honoris Causa of Russian-Armenian University” as an acknowledgment for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening of the German-Armenian relations, appreciation of the genuine friendship with the Armenian people and cooperation with Russian-Armenian University.
The diploma was handed over by Ms. Larisa Alaverdyan, Head of RAU Institute of Law and Politics. She highlighted that it was the highest honor to present the title on behalf of Russian-Armenian University and RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan.
During the last month, on February 26 – March 23, former Ambassador Schmidt delivered a series of lectures on international relations for RAU students. In an academic environment, he outlined the development of international relations, touched upon theoretical approaches to diplomacy and analyzed real cases. In particular, he elaborated on EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, the Iranian nuclear deal, the EU-Armenia agreement, issues of terror, religion and liberal thought etc. The students, who successfully completed the course, received certificates of completion.
“The lectures were delivered with an in-depth approach and were very informative, since the Ambassador provided us with first-hand information on international relations. Having years of diplomatic experience, he shared useful information from behind the scenes of the real diplomatic process”, shared her impressions Inga Kazhoyan, a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Russian-Armenian University.
Ms. Larisa Alaverdyan in her turn encouraged the students to put the knowledge gained during the course to good use and employ it in their research papers. She expressed her hope that Ambassador Schmidt will continue the collaboration with RAU and highlighted that the students of Russian-Armenian University will now have an exceptional opportunity to work on their Master’s theses under his academic supervision.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany Hans-Jochen Schmidt served as an Ambassador of Germany to Armenia in 2009-2012.