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AUA founding documents


Signing of the affiliation agreement with University of California  

1991 Achievements

  • The American University of Armenia is founded through the partnership and support of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the University of California, and the Government of the Republic of Armenia.
  • Throughout AUA’s existence, the University has continued to receive generous contributions from AGBU for its academic success and excellence.
  • AUA is launched as Armenia’s first institution of Western-style higher education with a commitment to teaching, research, and community service.
  • The University opens its doors on Armenian Independence Day, September 21, with 101 students enrolled in the Intensive English Program.
  • Within months, these students move into their respective graduate degree programs in Business and Management, Earthquake Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.
  • Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian and Dr. Stepan Karamardian assume positions of Deans of the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Management, respectively.

The founders of AUA:  Armen Der Kiureghian, Mihran Agbabian and Stepan Karamardian


Signing of the Agreement for the English Language Program with University of California

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