• Nagorno Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan and AGBU President Berge Setrakian discuss issues of concern, including education, with Delegates of the AGBU 87th General Assembly.

  • AGBU President Berge Setrakian presents a special medal from the Union to Nagorno Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan for his outstanding leadership of the republic.

April 1, 2013 | Press Releases

AGBU Initiates a New Long-Term Project in NKR

Commits $575,000 to AUA to Implement Joint Program

In October 2012, on the occasion of AGBU’s 87th General Assembly in Yerevan, a new AGBU educational and cultural initiative was announced by Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakyan and AGBU President Berge Setrakian.

Today, plans are already underway for the development of the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s (AGBU) cultural, educational and artistic complex in Stepanakert – the AGBU NKR Campus. This dynamic initiative will provide new and innovative opportunities to the scholastically diverse urban and rural communities throughout NKR. The Center will serve students of all ages, Members of Parliament, Government officials and other entities, and offer courses in English language improvement, preparatory classes for university entrance exams, and creative and media technologies (animation, video game design, web development and more). In addition, classes in music, management, tourism development and more will be offered.

AGBU President Berge Setrakian remarked, “AGBU is pleased to announce the latest AGBU program in Nagorno Karabakh. We are convinced that education and culture are key factors in the development of any nation. The AGBU NKR Campus will become a hub of learning activity that will provide people of all ages in Nagorno Karabakh new opportunities.”

President Sahakyan commended AGBU for making education in Karabakh a priority.

To realize this ambitious initiative, AGBU signed an agreement with the American University of Armenia (AUA) in February, to develop a Continuing Education Program (CEP), through its Extension Program. This program will begin operations in April 2013 at a temporary location while the AGBU NKR Campus is being built in Stepanakert and it is expected to serve several hundred students. AGBU has committed to supporting the CEP in the amount of $575,000, over the course of five years.

For video links, visit:

tv.am:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q-MaxGnwtA&list=UU3yutohFhN89xD4u6GdSOKQ&index=43

Artsakh TV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW5pqMi7ywE&list=UU3yutohFhN89xD4u6GdSOKQ&index=56

To view this press release in Armenian, please click here.

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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