The graduation ceremony of the French University of Armenia (UFAR) took place on December 5th, at the Gabriel Sundukyan National Academy Theatre. 250 students from UFAR’s Management, Law and Marketing Departments received their undergraduate and graduate diplomas. The day was festive for both the students and guests with speeches by the President of the Board of Trustees of UFAR Arthur Baghdasaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Armenia Jean Francois Charpentier, Rector of the French University of Armenia Jean-Jacques Montois, Representative of the Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University Jacques Kombi and AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian. As in previous year, the best 23 students in years 2-4 received AGBU Scholarships of Excellence. Vasken Yacoubian first delivered the congratulatory speech on behalf of AGBU President Berge Setrakian, after which presented Certificates of Excellence to the students. The Armenian General Benevolent Union and have enjoyed a decade-long history of cooperation. Since 2004, AGBU has financed internships for the top UFAR students in various French cities. Thanks to AGBU, almost 100 UFAR students have worked in leading organizations in France. Since 2007, AGBU has also covered the tuition fees of the top students in years 2-4. During this period more than 200 UFAR students have received AGBU scholarships. In 2012, AGBU also financed the construction and renovation of the university library. The French University of Armenia was founded in 2003. The administrative and educational management of the university is carried out by staff consisting of Armenian and French specialists headed by the Rector of the university Jean-Jacques Montois. Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University is UFAR’s first educational partner. Among the long-term partners of UFAR is the ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank. At present more than 900 students study at the university. The university has had more than 1500 graduates, 80% of whom work in Armenia, 12% continue their education in the University’s Master’s Degree Program and only 6-7% study and/or work abroad.



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