Vazgen Sargsyan Military University

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Vazgen Sargyan Military Institute
Վազգեն Սարգսյանի անվան ռազմական համալսարան
Armenian soldiers at the Vazgen Sargsyan Military Institute.jpg
Armenian soldiers at the Vazgen Sargsyan Military Institute in September 2013.
Former name
Higher Military Combined Arms Command College
TypeMilitary academy
EstablishedJune 24, 1994 (June 24, 1994)
CommandantColonel Arthur Yeroyan
Address
77 Shopron Street
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LanguageArmenian, Russian
Websitemil.am/en/structures/65

The Vazgen Sargsyan Military University (Armenian: Վազգեն Սարգսյանի անվան ռազմական համալսարան) is a higher educational institution functioning in the system of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. Its mission is to prepare and train officers capable of implementing defense tasks in peace and war. It is roughly the equivalent to the United States Military Academy at West Point.[1][2]

History[edit]

Armenian army soldiers at the university.

The "Higher Military Combined Arms Command College" was founded on June 24, 1994. The Izmirlian Foundation had a major role in the process of establishing the college, financing the construction of two barracks and the heating and power system from 1996-1998.[3] A presidential decree issued by Robert Kocharyan on 28 December 1999, renamed the college to the Military Institute named after Vazgen Sargsyan, the first Armenian Defense Minister and the Prime Minister of Armenia who was killed in the Armenian parliament shooting two months prior.[4] On 12 February 2000, the institute was awarded the Battle Flag as a symbol of military honor.[5] On 27 January 2006, a center for raising the qualification of officers was established at the Military Institute.[5] On 28 April 2012, by the decision of the Government, the Military Institute was reorganized into a military university.[5] In 2013, the university admitted its first group of female cadets.[6] In 2019, the Minister of Education and Science awarded the university with a 4-year institutional accreditation certificate.[5]

University educational aspects[edit]

Requirements[edit]

Applicants will need to pass a medical examination as well as take entrance exams. High scores in the Armenian language, physics and mathematics is required for the exam.[7]

Faculties and departments[edit]

The faculty of infantry trains commanders for motorized infantry, tanks, intelligence, field engineer platoons, engineers of military wheeled vehicles and officers with a civil bachelor's degree.[8][9] In 2013, the Faculty of Command and Staff was established, which was named in 2017 after Marshal Ivan Bagramyan.[5] With the donation of the Vardanyan family, the Department of Physical Fitness and Sports of the Military University was supplemented with new training equipment and a wrestling mat.[5]

Courses[edit]

The Greek language is among the taught languages at the university.[10]

Student life[edit]

State functions[edit]

The cadets of the university are regular participants in all military parades in Yerevan.[11][12]

Church[edit]

On 2 August 2020, the Church of St. Mesrop Mashtots was opened. The first stone of the church was laid in 2013 at the initiative of the former head of the military university. Construction was interrupted for a period of time, but in 2020, by order of Defense Minister David Tonoyan, the construction of the church was resumed and was brought to an end. The Church of St. Mesrop Mashtots functions on the territory of the military university.[13]

Cooperation[edit]

The Military University actively cooperates with leading Armenian universities, non-governmental organizations, the Yerkrapah Volunteers, local self-government bodies, and cultural and artistic figures. Visits to concert halls, theaters, museums, historical and cultural centers, participation in Olympiads, competitions are an integral part of the cadets' daily life.[5]

List of Commandants of the University[edit]

  • Colonel Alexander Minasyan (1994–1996)
  • Major General Ashot Petrosyan (1996–1997)
  • Major General Arshaluys Paytyan (1998–2000)
  • Lieutenant General Stepan Mirzoyan (2000–2007)[14]
  • Major General Garegin Gabrielyan (2007–2008)[15]
  • Lieutenant General Martin Karapetyan (2008–2015)
  • Major General Armen Ghahramanyan (2015–2018)[16][17]
  • Colonel Khachatur Khachatryan (2019–2022)[18][19]
  • Colonel Arthur Yeroyan (2022–present)[20]

Notable graduates[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian (2020-11-28). "Remembering Senior Lieutenant Gevorg Arshakyan: Friend, Patriot, Hero". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  3. ^ "Vazgen Sargsyan Military Institute to transform under new program". mediamax.am. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  4. ^ "Parliament Shooting Victims Commemorated". Asbarez. 28 December 1999. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g LLC, Ayb Solutions. "ՀՀ ՊԱՇՏՊԱՆՈՒԹՅԱՆ ՆԱԽԱՐԱՐՈՒԹՅԱՆ ՎԱԶԳԵՆ ՍԱՐԳՍՅԱՆԻ ԱՆՎԱՆ ՌԱԶՄԱԿԱՆ ՀԱՄԱԼՍԱՐԱՆԸ 25 ՏԱՐԵԿԱՆ Է". Hay Zinvor. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  6. ^ "The Artsakh War brought about Armenia's first all-women military unit". We Are The Mighty. 2020-11-16. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
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  9. ^ LLC, ZOOM GRAPHICS. "Министерство Обороны Республики Армения | Военный университет им. Вазгена Саркисяна". www.mil.am. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  10. ^ "Greek to be taught in the Military Institution of Vasgen Sargsyan in Armenia - Greek City Times". 21 March 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  11. ^ "Yerevan military parade: Units' march kicks off (PHOTOS)". news.am. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  12. ^ "Army Displays Military Might on Independence Day". Asbarez.com. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  13. ^ "В Военном университете имени Вазгена Саркисяна Минобороны РА открылась церковь Месропа Маштоца". armenpress.am (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  14. ^ "POGHOS POGHOSYAN APPOINTED COMMANDER". A1Plus. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  15. ^ "Четвертый батальон БВОКУ - Генералы Армении". kombat-bvoku.com. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  16. ^ "Arminfo: Armen Ghahramanyan is the new head of Vazgen Sargsyan Military Academy". arminfo.info. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  17. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Vazgen Sargsyan Military University head dismissed from post - aysor.am - Hot news from Armenia". www.aysor.am. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  18. ^ "Armenia President appoints head of MOD Vazgen Sargsyan Military University". news.am. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  19. ^ "Head of Vazgen Sargsyan Military University appointed". A1Plus. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  20. ^ "Suren Papikyan introduced the new head of the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University".

Coordinates: 40°11′04″N 44°33′41″E / 40.18444°N 44.56139°E / 40.18444; 44.56139