• Armenian Virtual College founder Dr. Yervant Zorian (left) presents AVC’s recently launched, free chess course to President Serzh Sargsyan at the October Digitec Expo, as FIDE master and AVC chess program specialist Aghasi Inants looks on.

  • AVC representatives welcome students, entrepreneurs and international businesses during the Digitec Expo in Yerevan.

March 12, 2014 | Press Releases

Enrollment Approaching for Armenian Virtual College Spring Term

Free Chess Course, Praised by President Sargsyan, Offered Again

Spring registration for AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC) will begin on March 14, 2014. The free AVC chess course is back by popular demand for the third consecutive term, in addition to AVC’s for-credit classes in Armenian language, history and culture.

The AVC chess course was met with widespread praise when it first launched in the fall, most notably from Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan. President Sargsyan and his delegation visited the AVC booth at the annual Digitec Expo, which draws thousands of individuals and international businesses to Yerevan. There, AVC founder and ABGU Central Board member Dr. Yervant Zorian demonstrated the chess program’s user-friendly features, including exercises, puzzles and quizzes—the product of an ongoing partnership with the Armenian Chess Federation. The state delegation welcomed the course as a way to further promote chess in public schools, keeping in line with the Ministry of Education’s mission.

President Sargsyan wasn’t the only one to take notice: during last year’s World Chess Federation (FIDE) Presidential Board meeting in Armenia, Smbat Lputyan, vice president of the Armenian Chess Federation, also applauded the AVC model. The Federation’s chess grandmasters are among the narrators who offer step-by-step instruction to students of all ages and levels throughout the AVC course. Their expertise, and AVC’s multimedia approach, has been key to the initiative’s success.

Dr. Zorian, who saw the program’s enrollment increase after its pilot semester, remarked on its quality: “We are pleased that the AVC chess course was so well-received in the fall and winter terms. Through events such as the Digitec Expo, and our growing community of online subscribers, we’ve shown that AVC is truly at the forefront of the e-learning movement. We look forward to continuing to expand our reach, and connecting with even more chess talents, in the spring.”

The AVC spring term will run from April 21 – June 24, 2014. To register for the AVC chess course and other AVC classes, email enrollment@avc-agbu.org. Or, visit the AVC portal at www.avc-agbu.org to create your login and submit your enrollment application.

The chess course is offered free of charge. Standard rates apply for all other AVC courses.

AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC) is the world’s first accredited online learning program that aims to facilitate Armenian studies through new technologies. Courses in Armenian language, history, and culture, are offered in seven languages of instruction: Western and Eastern Armenian, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Launched in 2009, AVC classes are open to anyone who is interested in Armenian studies, delivering a virtual classroom to students who do not have access to traditional, face-to-face Armenian educational programs, while supplementing the curriculum of those who do. Lessons are tailored to each student’s individual needs—regardless of their age, country of residence or knowledge level—to ensure that all can benefit from this unique resource. To date, more than 3,000 students have enrolled from over 65 countries, offering an Armenian education—anytime, anywhere!

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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