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Collaboration with Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences after V. Brusov
Author: Lilit Tarkhanyan (Wikimedia Armenia)
The article tells about the collaboration of Wikimedia Armenia and Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences after V. Brusov.
In October Wikimedia Armenia ED Gayane Vardanyan initiated a collaboration with Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences. As a first step the ED and the Education program coordinator Lilit Tarkhanyan met the Head of the University Career Center - Levon Babamyan. The parties agreed on collaborating in several ways: include Wikipedia editing in the education process of the University, to create an opportunity for students to get an internship at WMAM and to pass their working practice at WMAM, as well as to participate in the events of the Career Center organized in different regions of Armenia introducing Wikimedia Movement to different ages school students.
The partners agreed on signing a Memorandum with the University which would allow to have an official, documented and more productive collaboration. The draft Memorandum was sent to Levon Babamyan for the University lawyers’ approval. Meanwhile the Career Center announced the Internship opportunity at WMAM and as a result of the Internship announcement we now have 3 interns who help WMAM in the translation of different blog posts and communication materials. The interns also participate in the “I create a vital article” campaign translating articles from English and Spanish Wikipedias.
Thanks to the Internship announcement via University mailing list, the practice coordinator of the University contacted WMAM for further collaboration in November. As a result of the meeting with the Dean of the Faculty of Translation and Intercultural Communication, 20 students will pass their working practice at WMAM in February. The students will translate articles from English Wikipedia. As a next step of the collaboration we will work closely with the Faculty to include wikiediting in the education process as well.
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