MONTREAL (Horizon Weekly)–Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science–Levon Mkrtchian–is in Canada for a series of meetings with government and academic officials of the science and educational sectors–and to take part in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Toronto’s Armenian Community Center and ARS School.
Minister Mkrtchian started his 10-day visit at Montreal’s Dorval airport–where he arrived on Saturday–accompanied by his chief of staff Artur Mkrtchian and the ministry’s Diaspora section director Youra Navoyan.
Greeting him at the airport were Armenia’s ambassador to Canada Levon Barkhoudarian and members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Canada. That same evening–he visited the Armenian Community Center of Montreal–where he met with members of the Vicarage Council of Canada and Church Councils–regional and local executives of the Armenian Relief Society–the Hamazkayin–the Homenetmen–the ARF and the ANC.
On Sunday–May 9–Mkrtchian met with the Armenian National Committee of Canada. He also attended the ARS Day celebration event at the Armenian Community Center of Montreal–while Navoyan represented the Minister at the Graduates reception organized by the Hamazkayin.
On Monday–May 10–the Minister and his entourage–accompanied by Ambassador Barkhoudarian–headed for Quebec city. At the ministry of International Relations–they were greeted by Henri Dorion–chief counselor of the Russian desk and Alexandra Berranini–counselor at the Armenian desk.
The Minister and his delegation then went to the Quebec National Assembly–where the Armenian flag had been raised in honor of the visiting dignitary. After a guided tour of the building–they had a meeting with Roger Bertrand–President of the National Assembly’s delegation with Europe. The meeting continued over lunch–which was hosted by Bertrand.
After lunch–the Minister’s delegation was taken on a guided tour of the historic city–following which they headed for the Laval University campus where they met with Claude Godbout–Executive vice-Dean–the University’s International Bureau director–Gilles Breton–Philippe Dub–professor of museum sciences and David Carel–professor of art history.
The discussions centered around various issues of cooperation between the University and its Armenian counterparts–as well as the eventual participation of the Laval University in the creation of a French University in Armenia–which is an ongoing project involving the French government and the universities of Montpelier and Paris XII.