AUA, UNICEF Confirm Plans for Partnership

YEREVAN–The American University of Armenia signed this week a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), marking a new chapter in collaboration between the two organizations.

AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian, Provost Dr. Dennis Leavens, Interim Dean of the College of Business and Economics Dr. David Blake, and Lecturer of Management and Internship Program Coordinator Mane Beglaryan met with UNICEF Representative in Armenia Henriette Ahrens, Operations Manager Marina Ter-Sargsyan, and assistant Hasmik Aleksanyan to discuss further details of the partnership.

The collaboration will initially provide promising students from the College of Business and Economics with internship opportunities at UNICEF. AUA hopes to expand the partnership to include internships in public health, human rights, and environmental sustainability

Dr. Blake expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating: “I think it’s a great thing to have them [the students] exposed in a hands-on way.” The internship program, which is still in the development process, will begin in early March.

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia. Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California. Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.

The AUA 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.