AUA MATRICULATION CEREMONY

 

 

The first-ever Matriculation Ceremony at the American University of Armenia (AUA) on September 5 marked the launch of the new bachelor’s degree program. Students, faculty, staff, and family gathered to formally welcome the first generation of undergraduate students to the AUA community. The new program offers Bachelor’s degrees in Business, English and Communications, and Computational Sciences. The incoming undergraduate class consists of nearly 300 students from all over the world including Armenia, Belgium, Canada, Georgia, Russia, Syria and the United States. The university has received accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and a license from the RA Ministry of Education and Science to offer this four-year program. As AUA Director of Admissions Arina Zohrabian noted, the majority of the freshmen (170) are in the Business Management Department. The Department of English and Communications has 60 freshmen, while Computational Sciences has 50 incoming students.

DEMYSTIFYING THE ARMENIAN DIASPORA: AGBU PRESIDENT BERGE SETRAKIAN'S INTERVIEW TO CIVILNET TV

 

On September 4, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received Mr. Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. A wide range of national and religious issues were discussed during the meeting. His Holiness Karekin II and Mr. Setrakian discussed their concerns about the continued challenging and escalating situation in Syria. Both underscored the critical need for all Armenian national organizations and individuals worldwide to provide assistance to the Syrian-Armenian community.

AGBU ARMENIA SUMS UP THE SUMMER

 

 

AGBU Summer Youth Programs throughout the world offer something for young people of nearly every age group. Over 500 Diasporan youths visited Armenia during the summer of 2013 through AGBU’s Antranik Scout Camp, Yerevan Summer Internship Program, Discover Armenia, Musical Armenia Program, Arménie, Terre de Vie and AGBU School visits. On August 23, AGBU held a press conference at the Noyan Tapan Press Club to summarize and discuss the summer youth programs. AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian, AGBU Performing Arts Department Director Hayk Arsenyan (New York) and AGBU Diaspora Youth Programs Coordinator Herminé Duzian (France) spoke with members of the media about AGBU programs. “Armenian youth and their education are critically important for us. These young people represent our hope, our faith and our future. Each summer, through various AGBU programs, Diaspora Armenian youth spend three-six weeks in our homeland, work in different companies and organizations, gain knowledge and experience, make new friends and connections, volunteer in community service projects and rediscover their heritage and identity. Through these programs, they become more connected with Armenia and become stronger Armenians,” said Vartanian. 

10TH JUBILEE SEASON OF AGBU’S DISCOVER ARMENIA PROGRAM

 

 

Ten years ago, AGBU’s Discover Armenia Program was launched. Since then, around 300 Diasporan Armenians (ages 15-18), from 20 countries, have discovered Armenia for themselves. This year, 28 youth from Canada, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and the United States gathered in Armenia to help celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary. The 3-week program offers sightseeing, cultural events and meetings with public and social sector representatives. Highlights of the program include the community service component and a 3-day visit to Artsakh. Volunteering on a community service project is an important part of Discover Armenia. Participants are not merely tourists in Armenia - they also give a part of themselves to Armenian society. For many years, Discover Armenia has worked with Fuller Center for Housing Armenia to help families in need.

AGBU’S MUSICAL ARMENIA PROGRAM PROVIDES NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG AND TALENTED ARTISTS

 

 

 

AGBU’s Musical Armenia Program’s (MAP) second annual season took place between July 15-August 3. Seven talented Diasporan Armenians from Bulgaria, Canada and the USA journeyed to their homeland to benefit from the unique opportunity offered by AGBU: spend three weeks in Armenia, participate in training and master classes, attend different cultural events and, at the end of program, perform in their own Gala Concert. The program is designed for people age 18 and above, with some musical knowledge, who are skilled at vocals or playing an instrument, with a desire to expand their musical horizons, and doing it all in their homeland. Participants this year specialized in composition, French horn, harp, percussion, viola, violin and vocals. The intense three-week program included joint classes and one-on-one master classes given by professionals: Anna Mayilyan, Tovmas Poghosyan, Armen Tutunjyan, Alina Pahlevanyan, Gagik Ginosyan, Mher Navoyan, Bagrat Vardanyan, Alexander Kosemyan, Arthur Shahnazaryan, Arusyak Sahakyan and Aram Hovannisyan. New York-based AGBU Performing Arts Department Artistic Director Hayk Arsenyan was in Yerevan and lectured on Armenian composers of the Ottoman Empire. In addition to classes, the participants enjoyed concerts, sightseeing, museums, met famous musicians and artists, socialized with many of their talented peers.

 
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