• At the press conference announcing AUA's new undergraduate program (l. to r.) Director of Accreditation Sharistan Melkonian; Vice President of Operations Ashot Ghazaryan; AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian; AUA Foundation Board Member Dr. Yuri Sarkissian; Vice President of Finance Gevorg Goyunyan.

August 22, 2012 | Press Releases

American University of Armenia to Launch Undergraduate Program in Fall 2013

AGBU Among Early Founders

Yerevan, Armenia — The American University of Armenia (AUA) announced plans to launch its first-ever Bachelor’s degree program, set to begin in the fall of 2013. In its over 20-year history, AUA has become one of the country’s premier research institutes. With the addition of a new, four-year undergraduate curriculum, the university raises the bar for education in Armenia even higher.

The momentous announcement was made by AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian at a recent press conference which garnered worldwide media coverage. Dr. Boghosian noted that the undergraduate program will enroll approximately 300 students every year, with the goal of accommodating 1,200 undergraduates by 2017.

AUA’s new undergraduate program will offer majors in Computational Sciences, Business, and English & Communications. The Bachelor’s degree in Computational Sciences will include topics in applied mathematics and computer science, as well as courses in computational techniques for the simulation and modeling of systems of relevance to science and engineering. The coursework for the Bachelor’s degree in Business will include a solid grounding in economics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, and business communications. The Bachelor’s degree in English & Communications will include courses in journalism, public relations, writing, translation and other aspects of communications.

AUA’s 4-year program will help lay a foundation for graduates who are well-positioned to pursue careers and advance progress in their homeland. All three programs will have a strong general education component, and will be taught in English. These new majors will complement the seven Master’s degree programs that AUA currently offers.

The new AUA undergraduate program will allow the university to further its mission of providing accessible, high-quality education for the next generation of Armenian professionals – while at the same time making the school a destination for international students. “All of us at AUA are excited about reaching this new milestone…We remain committed to offering rigorous academics and an Armenian education, and look forward to a vibrant, international faculty and student body from Armenia and abroad,” noted Dr. Boghosian. He further emphasized, “The university will keep in place its ‘need-blind’ admissions policy, continuing to ensure that no qualified Armenian student is denied an education at AUA because they lack the means to pay tuition.”

AGBU has played a critical and important role in the founding of AUA. In the aftermath of the devastating 1988 Shirak earthquake, as part of the organization’s broad efforts to help Armenia recover and rebuild, AGBU agreed to underwrite a major share of the operational funding necessary to establish the university. AGBU has helped AUA grow and expand by establishing the AUA Endowment Fund, the earnings of which are distributed to AUA on an annual basis. In the past 15 years, the university has received $10,000,000 in support from the AUA Endowment Fund at AGBU.

AGBU President Berge Setrakian expressed enthusiasm for the new initiative by stating, “Since its earliest days, AGBU has staunchly supported education, and we are proud to have played a role in the development and expansion over the years of such a vibrant institution that attracts some of Armenia’s brightest minds. We look forward to a new cadre of students benefitting from all that AUA has to offer.”

The American University of Armenia is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. Following an intensive proposal process, which included a visit to the university, the Commission approved the offering of the new undergraduate program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The undergraduate program has also already received a license from the Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of Education and Science.

For information on application requirements and to learn more about the American University of Armenia, please visit www.aua.am/undergraduate or email AUA directly at ugrad@aua.am.

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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