• Students at the AGBU Marie Manoogian School in Buenos Aires take advantage of the Armenian Virtual College courses that are a part of their current curriculum.

  • Founder of the Armenian Virtual College, AGBU Central Board member Dr. Yervant Zorian, presents online classes in Armenian culture, history and language to Argentinian youth at the AGBU Marie Manoogian School in Buenos Aires.

August 6, 2013 | Press Releases

AGBU Armenian Virtual College Founder Dr. Yervant Zorian Visits Argentina

Meeting with AGBU Cordoba Chapter Reaffirms Demand for Distance Learning Program

AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC), which is used by over 2,700 students from 63 countries, reached even more potential users this spring—in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba. During a recent trip there, AGBU Central Board member Dr. Yervant Zorian, who founded the program in 2009, saw firsthand the positive impact that AVC’s digital community is having on the Armenian diaspora.

Dr. Zorian spent a weekend in Cordoba that began at the local AGBU Center, where he met with Chapter leaders and members of both the Youth League (Liga de Jóvenes) and the Ladies Committee. He spoke with local youth who have already taken advantage of AVC, as well as dozens of prospective students who were eager to explore the AVC course offerings in Armenian culture, history and language. Pointing to the success of the AGBU Marie Manoogian School in Buenos Aires, which has incorporated AVC into its current curriculum, Dr. Zorian discussed the possibility of doing the same in Cordoba’s Armenian elementary and middle schools.

The AGBU meeting was attended by AGBU Cordoba Chair Javier Petenian; President of the Armenian Community of Cordoba Eduardo Guedikian and his Steering Committee; Pastor of the Saint Kevork Church of Cordoba Father Ieremia Khachatryan; and former AGBU Cordoba chairs Artin Bilikian, Ricardo Erezian, Juan Guedikian, Juan Nourikhan and Adriana Torcomian. They, along with the chapter’s youngest members and students from the nearby schools, turned to Dr. Zorian with questions on how AVC connects international students. As he explained, “When we designed AVC, we wanted to give Armenians scattered across the globe, especially those who don’t have access to traditional, face-to-face Armenian educational programs, the opportunity to both deepen their Armenian language skills and connect with their Armenian peers. By providing courses at different skill levels and allowing for virtual interaction among classmates, we accomplished just that.” Participants left the meeting ready to enroll in classes taught in Spanish, as well as Eastern and Western Armenian, English, French, Russian and Turkish.

Dr. Zorian’s Cordoba trip also included a visit to the Saint Kevork Church and a tour of the nearby Sahag Mesrob School with AGBU Central Board Member and Buenos Aires Chapter Chair Rubén Kechichian. To learn more about the AGBU community in Cordoba, please email chapters@agbu.org.

For more information on AVC, visit: http://www.avc-agbu.org.

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian diaspora. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to create a foundation for the prosperity of all Armenians.

To learn more visit www.agbu.org.

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