Since its establishment, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) has been a staunch supporter of education around the world. In Armenia, this has been no exception, with AGBU supporting many institutIons of higher education. Over the past ten years, the French University of Armenia (UFAR), and its students, have benefited from AGBU’s commitment to education. On June 21, at the Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan, two events were held: presentation of UFAR Alumni Yearbook and UFAR’s Certificate of Excellence presentation ceremony to the 22 best students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) in the 2012-2013 academic year. This year, UFAR published its first Alumni Yearbook. It is hoped that this yearbook will be a useful tool, strengthening cooperation among alumni, companies and enterprises. Information about graduates, including their areas of expertise and places of employment are included and will further promote cooperation and networking. UFAR has been operating in Armenia since 2000. As a result of cooperation with Jean-Mullen Lyon 3 and Toulouse Capitol universities, UFAR’s Management, Law and Marketing Departments boast 1,057 graduates as of June 2013, more than 70% of whom work in their fields of expertise. Currently only about 6% study or work abroad. Thanks to AGBU support, 22 UFAR students were able to continue their education without worrying about tuition costs. AGBU’s financial support to these outstanding students was 30,000 USD for the past year. The certificate ceremony was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Armenia Henri Reynaud, RA Secretary of National Security Council and President of UFAR Board of Trustees Arthur Baghdasaryan, Rector of the French University of Armenia Jean-Jacques Montois, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Europe Chairman Alexis Govciyan, President of Jean-Mullen Lyon 3 University Jacques Comby, Chief Executive Officer of ACBA-Credit-Agricole Bank Stepan Gishyan, AGBU Armenian Representation Director Arpi Vartanian and Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, many officials, diplomatic representatives, and heads of organizations. In his speech, Rector Montois thanked university sponsors and supporters, in particular ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank, AGBU and Jean-Mullen Lyon 3 University for supporting UFAR in training first-rate specialists. The Armenian General Benevolent Union and French University in Armenia enjoy nearly a decade-long history of cooperation. Since 2004, with AGBU support, 73 students have enjoyed internships in Grenoble, Lyon, Paris and Valence. Since 2007, nearly 150 students have benefited from the tuition assistance from AGBU. Most recently, AGBU financed the construction and renovation of the university library.


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