6TH AGBU “ANTRANIK” SCOUT CAMP GATHERS 300 SCOUTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN ARMENIA

 

 

 

The AGBU Antranik Scout Camp, carried out within the framework of AGBU Summer Youth Programs, runs two sessions each summer in the Lermontovo Valley, in Armenia’s Lori region. This year, participants of the 6th annual camp included 300 male and female Scouts, ranging in age from 13-18. Under the able and dedicated leadership of Kevork Santourian, Executive Director of AGBU-AYA of Lebanon, the Scouts enjoyed the nature of their homeland, visited historical sites, enriched their knowledge, and became inspired. Life-long friendships were rekindled and new ones were made. Santourian has been the driving force behind the AGBU Antranik Scout Camp in Armenia since its inception in 2007. About 2,000 Scouts have participated and benefited from his guidance and experience. A typical day for the Scouts included morning exercises and a flag-raising ceremony, followed by breakfast, tent and territory cleaning, hikes, lectures, games and supper. In the evenings, Scouts enjoyed their campfire, while singing, dancing and sharing their daily impressions, before lowering the flag. In addition to their regular, daily activities, Scouts traveled around the country to visit beautiful and historic sites such as the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Goshavank Monastery, Haghartsin Monastery, Lake Gosh, Lake Sevan, and St. Etchmiadzin. The Scouts spent an unforgettable day at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies. They met with staff and students, became acquainted with the center’s activities, and watched videos made by Tumo students. Scouts visited a military unit in Vanadzor, where they met officers and soldiers, and learned weapons-handling skills. Scouts visited AGBU Armenia office, learned about Armenian Virtual College, and attended an impressive performance by the children at AGBU and Holy Etchmiadzin’s Nork Children’s Center.

INFECTED WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE HOMELAND

 

 

 

 

Since 2007, AGBU has made the dreams of Armenian Diasporan students come true by providing them the opportunity to visit our homeland. They come not as tourists, but rather as interns who live and work in the capital and contribute to Armenia. During the six-week program, interns begin to better understand today’s Armenia and strengthen the bonds with their homeland. They discover and explore our rich heritage, teach while being taught, and reassess their role in Armenia’s future. The 2013 AGBU Yerevan Summer Internship Program (YSIP) brought together 29 young adults from Australia, Lebanon, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Interns were immersed in Armenia by living and working in the capital. In addition to their daily work schedules, program elements included Armenian language classes at AGBU Armenia Virtual College (AVC), dance classes, discovering Yerevan’s hidden gems, and weekend trips around Armenia to sights many of them had previously only heard about from their parents and teachers. Interns now can proudly add to their resumes the international, professional and practical work experience they gained by working in a myriad of local and international organizations including the American University of Armenia (AUA), Arabkir Medical Center, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), Emporium, Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Grant Thornton, Hetq News Agency, RA Ministry of Diaspora, National Art Gallery of Armenia, Office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia, RepatArmenia Foundation, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Women’s Resource Center, and more. One of the highlights of the program was the 4-day visit to Artsakh. The memorable trip to the south began with a visit to the Khor Virap Monastery, just 100 meters from the Turkish border and in the shadow of majestic Mount Ararat. Other stops included Noravank Monastery in Areni and the breathtaking Tatev Monastery – including a ride on the Tatev’s Wings tramway – before finally arriving in Stepanakert.

20 YEARS LATER: AUA CLASS OF 1993 ESTABLISHES ALUMNI ENDOWMENT FUND

 

 

 

Graduates of the American University of Armenia (AUA) have always been distinguished by their high levels of professionalism. Today, many of them hold top-level positions in both the public and private sectors, both in Armenia and abroad. It is gratifying that AUA graduates always try to keep ties with the university and, on different occasions, support the university’s ongoing and future projects and development. In 1993, AUA held its first commencement ceremony. Twenty years later, on July 12, 2013, those first graduates gathered at their alma mater to celebrate their milestone anniversary. Many alumni participated in the festivities, coming from Armenia, its regions and abroad. The Class of 1993 also had a goal - to establish a lasting legacy. These dedicated alumni, now well-established in their careers, were determined to give back to the university that helped and educated them years before. They decided to create a foundation of AUA graduates, with the goal of providing scholarships to needy students of the university. Symbolically, marking their 20th anniversary, they set themselves a goal of collecting 20,000 USD. They exceeded their expectations and almost immediately collected 24,000 USD. Others present, including alumni from later years were encouraged, and through their contributions, raised the total to 35,000 USD in just one evening. “These graduates played a very important role in the life of the university. Being good students they played an important part in the process of founding the university. Today, I would like to congratulate them. Many of them hold high positions today. It is very gratifying to me that they return to Armenia. They seem to be a large family, they are very united. They hope that the money they collected will increase, so that the next generation will be able to study, even if they cannot afford it. They pave a way for future generations,” said Armen Der-Kiureghian, AUA Trustee and Founding Member.

AGBU SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCELLENCE TO 22 UFAR STUDENTS

 

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.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA

 

 

 

June 2 marked an important day for 124 students of the American University of Armenia (AUA). They received their Master's degrees and joined the family of AUA alumni, raising the number to 2,448 graduates. The commencement ceremony was attended by state officials, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, AUA faculty members, students and alumni, parents and guests. The Commencement began with the ceremonial procession of the Class of 2013, the President of AUA, Deans of the Colleges and faculty. The anthems of the Republic of Armenia and the United States of America were played and the invocation was delivered by His Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan, Rector of the Religious Educational Institutions of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Opening speeches were delivered by AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian and AUA Provost Dr. Dennis Leavens. AGBU President Mr. Berge Setrakian and US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern gave the keynote addresses. Valedictorians Tatevik Khachatryan and Tamar Kabasakalyan spoke on behalf of the Class of 2013. Graduates were presented collectively by their respective Deans and then called to the stage individually to receive their diplomas. Degrees awarded were: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Master of Business Administration, Master of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Master of Law, Master of Political Science and International Affairs, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Computer and Information Science. Some of the graduates now hold two Master’s degrees from AUA. Also present at the ceremony were AGBU Central Board and AUA Board of Trustees Member Carol Aslanian, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and AGBU Armenia Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian.

 
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