By: The PH Team
The Republic of Artsakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, is an unrecognized country located in in the Caucasus region. Although predominantly inhabited by ethnic Armenians, the unrecognized country is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
The conflict of which ethnic group the territory belongs to goes back to before the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union, in which today's Artsakh was a part of.
At the time however, the territory was incorporated into the former superpower as the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast.
Travelling to Artsakh is simple, safe and affordable. Although the unrecognized country has no functioning airport, the territory of Artsakh can easily be accessed by crossing a land border from neighbouring Armenia.
Once travellers make their way to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, transport is abundant to this territory, even though it isn't recognized on the map.
Artsakh State University
Artsakh State University is the oldest, largest and the most respected university in the Republic of Artsakh.
Originally established as the Stepanakert State Pedagogical Institute, during the time of the Soviet Union, the Artsakh State University has produced over 20,000 graduates in its roughly 50 years of operations.
Currently, the university prepares specialists in 31 areas, with the language of instruction being primarily Armenian, but also Russian.
Although the university is located in an unrecognized country, it has established close ties with educational institutions in other countries.
These foreign educational institutions include; the University of Central Europe (Slovakia), the Russian-Armenian University (Armenia), the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and California State University (USA).
In addition to partnerships with these universities, students from California State University are even able to spend a summer in Artsakh and take courses on politics, history, and economics, regarding issues surrounding Artsakh.