Shirak State University is the largest educational institute in the northern part of Armenia. It was opened in 1934 as a pedagogical institute during the Soviet, through the efforts of S. Movsisyan.
In 2016, the institute was restructured to become the public university of the Shirak Province. It currently offers 28 bachelor’s degrees as well 16 master’s degrees. As of 2017, the university has around 6,000 students. It has produced around 80,000 graduates throughout its existence since 1934. In 2014, the university celebrated its 80th anniversary.
Shirak State University has its own emblem as well as an anthem written by Sonik Khachatryan and composed by Robert Amirkhanyan. The university complex is located on Paruyr Sevak Street of Ani district at the northwestern suburbs of Gyumri.