From the AGBU High School – Pasadena website:

On March 27, 2009 and upon the invitation of the AGBU High School Pasadena Administration, 8th grade students from sister schools Alfred & Margaret Hovsepian, Armenian Sisters’ Academy and Mekhitarist Fathers’ School spent half a day on campus to get acquainted with the school and attend an Armenian theatrical performance by students of the only Armenian high school in southern California established in 2006 to meet the needs of high school students. It is worth mentioning that for the past three years AGBU High School – Pasadena (HS-P) has enrolled many students from all three middle schools. The sixty-four visiting 8th graders were accompanied by their principals Shahé Mankerian (Hovsepian), Vosgan Mekhitarian (Mekhitarian) and several teachers from all three schools.

Upon arrival around 10:00 am, School Principal Hagop Hagopian and Vice Principal Dr. Talin Kargodorian welcomed the guest students and gave them a brief campus tour. The guests enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere surrounding the school and were excited to see some of their former schoolmates who are continuing their high school education at AGBU.

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From the World Bank we receive the following news about the AGBU-funded American University of Armenia:

YEREVAN, MARCH 9, 2009 – Today, the World Bank Yerevan Office and the American University of Armenia (AUA) held the launching ceremony of a partner initiative – the Knowledge for Development Center. The Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Mr. Aristomene Varoudakis, WB Country Manager in Armenia, and Dr. Haroutune Armenian, President of AUA.
The Agreement outlines the basis for cooperation and joint activities of the two institutions in knowledge dissemination, learning and capacity building for the development arena. The WB and AUA jointly set up the Center within the AUA Papazian Library to provide the public with free access to information on development and to encourage knowledge sharing and policy dialogue among the widest audiences possible.

The World Bank has partnered with the American University of Armenia Papazian Library to bring the public up-to-date and thorough information on World Bank-sponsored development projects in Armenia, as well as research and analytical works on the country and global development issues through the Knowledge for Development Center. The Center provides hard copies of recent World Bank publications, reports, studies, project information, videos, and documentaries and other materials, as well as on-line access to the World Bank archive dating back to 1947, with the ability to download and print any publicly available document in the database.

“We are very pleased with this cooperation with the American University of Armenia, said Aristomene Varoudakis, the WB Country manager for Armenia. – The Center also aims to play as a hub for facilitating dialogue, consultations, and knowledge-sharing sessions among academia, the media, the government, the Civil Society, and as well as the private sector in the area.”

For Haroutune Armenian, President of the AUA: “This is a great addition to what will be available to the broader public of Armenia. In the long term history of nations, wealth of intellectual products is more consequential and significant than material wealth. A knowledge society is what most nations are striving for and we as a University have an important role to play in the development of such a society. The World Bank has developed so many similar initiatives to help move the nations of this world in such a direction.”

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rtemagicc_agbu__uci_young_professional_of_oc__assemblyRep. Ed Royce (center) pictured with Assembly Western Region Director Yeghig Keshishian, UCI ASA Board Members and AGBU Young Professionals of OC Board Members

AGBU Young Professionals of Orange County, the Armenian Assembly of America, the University of California, Irvine and the Armenian Students’ Association held two separate Congressional forums last month in Fresno (Central Valley) and Irvine (Orange County). The forums, which featured Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and George Radanovich (R-CA), both members of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and long-time supporters of U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide, offered a unique opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues.

More information on the Armenian Assembly website here.

Click here to download the PDF (164KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletin.

Click here to download the PDF (140KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletin.