September 8, 2012

AUA: A Happy Place


YEREVAN—American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Student council affirmed a recent World Health Organization (WHO) survey that placed Armenian teens on the top of the “Happiest teens on the planet” list and kicked off the new academic year with a “smile” party on September 8 to welcome new students.


“No matter what we do, studying or having fun, we should smile and consider AUA a big supportive family,” said student council president Aleksandr Harutyunyan. “ Let’s be happy and make the most of our time at this institution.”


To the students’ surprise, AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian and Vice President of Operations Ashot Ghazaryan dropped in to greet first and second year students.


“These students are certainly happy and also bright and energetic. No doubt they will take advantage of all the university has to offer and use that knowledge to benefit Armenia,” said Dr. Boghosian. “It’s a pivotal year at AUA as we prepare to launch our Fall 2013 undergraduate program. We are smiling.”


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 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.