Welcome to the website of the American University of Armenia. AUA was founded with the mission of providing an American institution of graduate education in Armenia. The university opened for classes on September 21, 1991, the very day the Republic of Armenia declared its independence.
Since its establishment, AUA has endeavored to combine Armenia’s longstanding tradition of excellence in higher education with the American ideals of academic freedom, critical thinking skills, strong faculty and student governance, emphasis on social responsibility and public service, encouragement of interdisciplinary study, and embracing of modern technologies. AUA students are thereby prepared for productive careers that will benefit the country and the world.
In addition to providing Armenian students with the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate study according to the American model, AUA gives students from the Armenian diaspora an American-accredited venue at which to study in the Armenian homeland. Moreover, AUA accords non-Armenian students an opportunity to live and learn in a fascinating and historically important center of world civilization.
AUA offers eight master’s degree programs in business and management, economics, law, industrial engineering and systems management, computer and information sciences, health sciences, political science and international affairs, and English language programs. Starting in 2013, AUA also offers three bachelor’s degree programs in business, computational sciences, and English and communications.
In addition, AUA has research centers and programs wherein faculty and students conduct cutting-edge scholarship and publish in a variety of fields. For example:
- The Acopian Center for the Environment teaches all AUA students an appreciation for critical environmental issues, while playing a leading role in researching the country’s fragile ecosystems.
- AUA’s Extension program enrolls thousands of students annually in non-degree and training courses both in Yerevan and in our new and modern classroom facilities in Gyumri, Dilijan and Stepanakert.
- AUA’s Turpanjian Rural Development Program provides education, consulting services and loans to encourage the development of small businesses throughout Armenia and the surrounding region.
- AUA’s Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature is the largest electronic library of its kind for the collection, digitization, preservation and presentation of Armenian literature.
In many ways, Armenia itself is the ideal classroom for students who wish to understand the dynamics of today’s world and become agents for its improvement. It is at once ancient and modern, industrial and developing, urban and rural, and devoted to its past traditions while hopeful about its future potential. In this environment, AUA students have unique opportunities to connect their education to real world issues of vital importance. Through internships and involvement in research, they learn firsthand about the roles of governments, banks, corporations and NGOs in the developing world. Through AUA’s encouragement of “Active Citizenship,” they become part of the process of building a new social contract in Armenia, and thereby participate in the development of a stronger, healthier society.
AUA’s diverse faculty and student body represent over 17 countries of origin. Most find their experience at AUA to be transformative. Students who complete a graduate degree at AUA make lasting friendships and enter into the community of AUA alumni who are supported for life by the university’s career services organization.
If you have questions, comments or ideas about AUA, please do not hesitate to contact my office by telephone at (+374 10) 512 526 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite you to visit the AUA campus to learn more about this unique, vibrant and evolving institution of higher learning.
Dr. Bruce M. Boghosian