May 26, 2008

ARMACAD Yahoo! Group

If you are interested in receiving announcements on local and international workshops, conferences, awards, scholarships and more directly to your inbox, please, join the Armenian Association for Academic Partnership yahoo group.

This group aims to unite scholars in Armenia and abroad studying or working in the sphere of humanities and social sciences, and provide necessary mechanisms for mutual collaboration. The ARMACAD yahoo group already has more than 560 members active in different academic centers within Armenia, and its growing fast.

To join the mailing list, please, visit ARMACAD Yahoo! Group.

May 23, 2008

Economic Issues within Improvement and Globalization of the Higher Education System in Armenia

On May 22, 2008 Hrant Harutyunyan conducted a training entitled "Economic Issues within Improvement and Globalization of the Higher Education System in Armenia" at CRRC-Armenia premises.
Using the case of the developments in Armenia's higher education system, the lecturer illustrated the theoretical and methodological issues for discovering interrelations between education and economy.

To download the training material (PDF format, 407 KB), please click here.

May 21, 2008

SPSS Online Crash Course

CRRC Regional Team has put together online crash course on SPSS, statistical software for data analysis. Watch the video on extracting data to get started.

For doing advanced analysis with SPSS, turning data into attractive charts, generating output in Excel, and more please visit or CRRC website.

May 19, 2008

AIPRG holds its Annual Conference on the Economy of Armenia

From World Bank office in Yerevan, Armenia CRRC-Armenia Country Director Heghine Manasyan and Program Manager Arsen Aslanyan held a presentation on migration and remittances within AIPRG's annual conference on May 17-18, 2008. The conference was hosted at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, and for the first time this year program included three presentations from Yerevan. The two day conference entitled "Looking Forward: Global Competitiveness of the Armenian Economy" had sessions on exchange rate dynamics, productivity and market structure, the competitiveness of the Armenian economy and growth, tourism and IT, the role of Diaspora, education and more.

Based on data from CRRC DI surveys Heghine and Arsen reported on some migration related phenomena and trends that could impact Armenia's further development and position in the South Caucasus region. The presentation revealed follow up questions on the objective of the survey, data availability on investment in human capital and brain drain.

For more information on the conference, please visit AIPRG's official website at

May 15, 2008

Analyzing Data using Hierarchical Linear Models

On May 15-16 CRRC-Armenia organized a methodological training on "How to Analyze Data using Hierarchical Linear Models?" conducted by Katy Pearce.

Hierarchical linear models (HLM) are a type of model used for analyzing data in a clustered or nested structure. An example of such data is students who are nested within classrooms, which are nested within schools; in this situation, we would expect that students within a cluster, such as a classroom or school, would share some similarities due to their common environment. Hierarchical linear models are also known as multilevel models, random coefficient models, or random effects models. HLM can be used to analyze a variety of questions with either categorical or continuous dependent variables.

Ms. Katy Pearce is a Ph.D. student from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia. She has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Ms. Pearce is particularly interested in cross-cultural comparison, particularly looking at national cultural variables and attitudes towards adoption of technologies. She also is interested in social effects of technology adoption.

May 6, 2008

Fitch Ratings and Armenia’s Sovereign Rating Outlook

On April 29, 2008 CRRC-Armenia invited a round table on Fitch Ratings and Armenia's sovereign rating outlook during which Mr. Edward Parker, Senior Director for Russia and the CIS, Bulgaria and Slovakia in Fitch's Sovereigns team, and Mr. Andrew Colquhoun, Director in Fitch's Emerging Europe team, met with Armenian experts.

Fourteen experts from different insitutions such as AIPRG, FSDP, ICARE, Armenian Coppers Program, Yerevan State University, VGM Partners, Central Bank of Armenia, AEPLAC, Armimpexbank and CRRC-Armenia took part in two-hour round table to lay down their opinions and concerns about economic risks in Armenia.

Fitch Ratings is a leading global rating agency committed to providing the world's credit markets with independent, timely and prospective credit opinions. Built on a foundation of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Fitch Ratings has grown rapidly during the past decade gaining market presence throughout the world and across all fixed income markets.

In 2006, Armenia received an international credit rating for the first time. Fitch assigned a lower 'BB-' sovereign credit rating indicating a relatively high risk of doing business, as the economy remains vulnerable to shocks due to its high degree of dollarization, underdeveloped financial services, low value-added economic activity, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The last rating was published in May 1, 2007, when Fitch Ratings revised the Outlook on Armenia's 'BB-' IDRs to Positive.

The images illustrate how last ratings made Armenia relate to other countries in the peer group, as well as Armenia's particular strengths and weaknesses.

To learn more, please visit

2008 Yerevan Faculty Student Global Multidiscipline Conference on Research and Teaching

2008 Yerevan Faculty Student Global Multidiscipline Conference on Research and Teaching was held jointly by Olu Olu Institute Consortium for Teaching, Research, Learning and Development, a non profit global professional academic organization, and CRRC-Armenia on April 26.

The conference provided the opportunity to students and faculty throughout the world to present works on research and teaching in various area of academic discipline. It is the second year already CRRC-Armenia is helping in advancing the mission of the ooiCTRLD, which is collaborating internationally in search of knowledge for the benefit of humankind. The ooiCTRLD offered to include in its publications the English version of any of the research article submitted to CRRC that has never been published in any English publication, free of charge.

For more details, please visit

Migration and Remittances: Data from CRRC DI Surveys

At the conference Migration from Armenia to Russia: the Role of Civil Society, Networks, and Dialogue with Government CRRC-Armenia Country Director Heghine Manasyan and Program Manager Arsen Aslanyan presented CRRC findings related to migration and remittances from its yearly Data Initiative.

Migration from Armenia to Russia: International Conference on Migration

Eurasia Partnership Foundation, together with the Armenian organization Zinvori Mair convened a two-day international conference entitled Migration from Armenia to Russia: the Role of Civil Society, Networks, and Dialogue with Government on April 29-30 at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan. Total number of 90 experts on migration issues from state and non-governmental entities from Armenia and Russia attended. The conference was part of Eurasia Partnership Foundation’s labor migration program, which provides information to migrants and potential migrants through NGO-based service centers, which also aid in migrants’ return and reintegration.

At the conference, EPF presented for the first time the findings of new CRRC research study on migration (2007-2008). The survey research was conducted in eight communities in Armenia in close cooperation with seven Migration Resource and Returnee Centers established as a part of EPF’s Migration Program. The Migration Research Project aimed at building the professional capacity of regional NGO-based service centers to collect and analyze data about their communities. Its aim was also to enrich knowledge on migration trends in communities and serve as a baseline study for further research.

A total of 1862 households with or without migrants participated in the survey, and an additional 388 migrants were interviewed separately for their migration experiences. The survey is representative on a community level and describes migration trends in specific communities. Yet, some similarities across communities allow us to make generalizations. Based on the aggregated study results, 92 percent of interviewed migrants choose Russia as their major destination country, and 82 percent of them migrate for employment as seasonal migrants. The majority of migrants prefer to find their lodging with their employer, since it allows them to save money on rent and food expenses.

The results demonstrate that seasonal migrants for the most part have the intention of satisfying their basic needs, rather than becoming more affluent. It allows a migrant’s household to reach or maintain a socio-economic status equal to their reference group – the other members of the community. The main difficulties that migrants experience upon return are related to job opportunities in the country: finding a job and starting a new business. The job market in Armenia cannot meet the demand of those with a low level of education and professional skills.

In addition to CRRC’s migration research study, Advanced Social Technologies presented the results of its 2005 nationwide migration study, and CRRC presented its findings related to migration and remittances from its yearly Data Initiative. The conference, which was made possible by funding from USAID, brought together different stakeholders to present the experience of government and non-government entities in addressing migration-related issues. The conference also encouraged bilateral cooperation between government and non-governmental organizations in Russia and Armenia to develop migration policies, as well as special assistance and reintegration programs for migrants.

May 5, 2008

Making Deposit Insurance Work for Transition: Form, Substance and Implementation

On April 15, 2008 in the frame of CRRC 2007 Fellowship Program Mr. Hayk Zayimtsyan presented the results of his study entitled "Making Deposit Insurance Work for Transition: Form, Substance and Implementation" to the larger audience. The study covers the peculiarities associated with implementing deposit insurance in the countries in transition, particularly, in Armenia.

The young researcher has analyzed and presented the possible ways of regulation, management and financing of deposit insurance in Armenia.

As usual the draft paper is available on CRRC-Armenia website. Your comments are most appreciated.