The Melikian Center has deep ties to Yerevan State University, whose faculty have contributed to teaching Armenian at the Critical Languages Institute for many years. The Melikian Center played a supporting role in the creation of a public policy program, including a Masters’ program which began accepting students in 2016; as well as the establishment of the Center for Gender and Leadership, with start-up support provided by USAID in the years 2012-2105. YSU has also hosted ASU students studying abroad, many of whom participated in the Critical Languages Institute.
In 2019, The Department of International Relations at Yerevan State University was awarded funding from the U.S. Embassy to design and launch an initiative to enhance research in American Studies in Armenia and provide students the opportunity to take Master’s level courses in American Studies. YSU leadership proposed to draw on ASU’s expertise and experience in the interdisciplinary field. As well as input into curricular organization, ASU will provide in-person training and orientation to YSU teaching faculty.
Covid-19 delayed the arrival of the first cohort of faculty (scheduled for September 2020) but the collaboration continues virtually, with the goal of training at least six YSU faculty members to deliver courses for the new interdisciplinary M.A. degree, scheduled to accept students by the end of 2021.