From 2008, Prof. Aram Simonyan has been the Rector of Yerevan State University (YSU) and he has been the Director of Institute for Armenian Studies of YSU. From 1995 until 2000 he was Head of YSU Educational Administration and from 1986 he was Assistant of YSU chair of USSR History, Associate professor of the chair of Armenian History. In 2000 he defended his doctoral thesis and in 1983 he defended his PhD thesis. In 1977 he graduated from the Yerevan State University, Faculty of History and in 1981 from Moscow Institute of History of USSR AS, Postgraduate studies. He is the author of eighty scientific studies, three of which are monographs. His field of research includes history of the Armenian nation (in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century), especially historical statistics, industrial capital, as well as the issues of Artsakh and Zangezur history 1917-1921. He was the supervisor of 6 defended PhD theses. He took part in numerous international and republican symposiums. He was repeatedly invited in scientific-educational centres of Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, USA and a number of other countries, where he was engaged in scientific-educational activities.