AGBU Papazian Library Provides Students with Access to World’s Library Catalogs

15 December, 2011

The American University of Armenia’s  AGBU Papazian Library is pleased to announce that it now offers its users access to the WorldCat Local “quick start” enhancements. The great advantage of WorldCat Local is that it makes a huge amount of information resources (more than 892 million items) readily available in one search—in one place. The Papazian Library has had a subscription to WorldCat, and now has taken the first step towards WorldCat Local by implementing WC Local “quick start,” the Web-based cooperative library management service. WorldCat Local connects its users’ search experiences with library management systems. Today this means that WorldCat-subscribing libraries, including the  Papazian Library, will receive a library-branded view of with their local library holdings and WorldCat resource sharing. Soon WorldCat will also add modules for Web-scale delivery and circulation, license management, print and electronic acquisitions, and more. The Papazian Library is confident that this will dramatically enhance the experience of its over ten thousand patrons in the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Deputy Minister of Health Discusses “The Current State of the Armenian Healthcare System” at AUA

December 9, 2011

On December 9, 2011, the College of Health Sciences hosted Dr. Sergey Khachatryan, RA Deputy Minister of Health, for a seminar on “The Current State of the Armenian Healthcare System.” Dr. Khachatryan presented the Armenian system and talked about challenges and successes of the current health reforms. The seminar was very interactive; AUA MPH students and alumni, CHS faculty and researchers asked many questions and shared their views in a frank dialogue with the Deputy Minister. At the end of the seminar Dr. Khachatryan encouraged AUA MPH students and alumni to apply for employment and internship opportunities in the Ministry of Health. He noted that the Ministry needs a competent public health workforce, particularly for evidence-based health policy development in the country. MPH students and alumni excitedly continued their discussion with the Deputy Minister Khachatryan and Head of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health Dr. Alexander Bazarchyan during the reception following the seminar.

Dr. Khachatryan was a Senior Specialist in the Health Policy Unit of the Ministry of Health from 1998 to 2000. From 2000-2010, he was the Director of the Health Projects Implementation Unit. In 2010, Dr. Khachatryan was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Health. He participates in health policy development, health system reforms, and expansion of international collaboration. Dr. Khachatryan leads the World Bank supported projects, the Global Fund financed projects, active collaboration with USAID and other international donor organizations. He has multiple publications on neurophysiology, urology, and public health.

Deputy Minister of Health Sergey Khachatryan Audience

MPH Students and Alumni with Dr. Khachatryan during the reception


AUA Alum Tsovinar Harutyunyan Joins Faculty

15 December, 2011

The College of Health Sciences at AUA is pleased to announce Dr. Tsovinar Harutyunyan’s appointment as an Assistant Professor of Public Health; she will also contribute to the work of the Center for Health Services Research and Development as a Research Consultant.

Dr. Harutyunyan earned her PhD in Health Services Research from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in 2011. Her doctoral
dissertation explored complex relationships between multiple socio-economic factors and nutritional status of children under five in Armenia. While at UNCC, Dr. Harutyunyan held a position of a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Associate. She developed and taught undergraduate courses, and assisted teaching several courses at graduate level.

She received her MPH degree in 1999 from the American University of Armenia, and worked in the Center for Health Services Research and
Development for over seven years as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist before joining the doctoral program at UNCC.

She has published multiple articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


President Boghosian Visits Synopsys

December 9, 2011

AUA President Bruce Boghosian recently toured the Yerevan headquarters of Synopsys, Inc. The visit, which took place on Wednesday, December 7, provided an opportunity to explore the potential for future cooperation between AUA and Synopsys, particularly in the area of engineering education and in light of AUA’s plan to offer a BS degree in Computational Sciences beginning in September of 2013, subject to approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

Synopsys, Inc., which established its presence in Armenia in 2004, has a great deal of experience in Information Technology education, especially designing courses on electronic design automation and VLSI design which are offered by multiple universities in Yerevan and throughout the world.

AUA and Synopsys have long enjoyed a close relationship and, earlier this fall the Synopsys headquarters in Mountain View, California was the US site of AUA’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Synopsys Director Hovik Musayelyan; AUA President Boghosian; Synopsys Director of Educational Department Vazgen Melikyan and Synopsys Public Relations Manager Gayane Markosyan




VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian Recipient of SBM Award

16 December, 2011

At a special ceremony of honor held at the American University of Armenia on December 16, 2011, VivaCell-MTS General Manager, Mr. Ralph Yirikian, was awarded the AUA School of Business and Management’s Business Leadership Award. Mr. Yirikian received the award in recognition of exceptional professional excellence and accomplishment, and the demonstration of a clear strategic vision with effective implementation at the organizational and industrial level.

A representative committee composed of the faculty, students, alumni and external stakeholders voted to recognize Mr. Yirikian as the first recipient of this Award.

The AUA Business Leadership Award was established by the AUA School of Business and Management. This is an annual award with the following selection criteria for the nominee:

  • A notable level of professional excellence and accomplishment
  • Demonstration of a clear strategic vision with effective implementation at the organizational or industrial level
  • Institutionalization of policies and practices within the organization, resulting in significant improvement in the quality of work life
  • Adherence to corporate ethics and responsibility
  • Significant contribution to the alignment of the model of the organization with sustainable business practices
  • Commitment and service to the community at large in significant and meaningful ways.

The award was presented to Mr. Yirikian by Dr. Bruce Boghosian, President of AUA, and Mr. Eric Guevorkian, interim dean of the School of Business and Management. In his remarks, Mr. Guevorkian said: “One of the reasons that makes the choice of Ralph Yirikian a very relevant one is that he has all the qualities to be a good role model for current and future businesspeople in Armenia. I sincerely hope that this award will somewhat open the way for more Ralph Yirikians in the future.”

After the official award ceremony, Mr. Yirikian presented his vision of the effective business leader: “One can list hundreds of preconditions of effective business leadership – such as being able to sense the thirst of the market, gathering a good team of professionals and becoming its engine, ability to bring together breakthrough ideas, understanding industry trends, and commitment to innovation and keeping up with R&D, etc. No doubt, all of them are necessary but yet insufficient conditions for creating a sustainable business model. Yet the true leadership is leadership by example. And it’s not limited to new business behavior and approaches being successfully institutionalized and ingrained across all levels of the Company. As a team we share the belief that we have to roll out our successful business model further across the whole business community in Armenia.  If we could create a business and make a success story out of it, so can you. VivaCell-MTS is a living example that could not have been achieved without the efforts of our VivaCell-MTS family members. We have an obligation to share with all Armenians the prosperity we see in our homeland and the potential of its growth,” concluded Mr. Yirikian.   

Mr. Yirikian (center) received the AUA Business Leadership Award 2011 from Dr. Boghosian (right) and Mr. Guevorkian (left)

Mr. Yirikian, Dr. Boghosian and Mr. Guevorkian surrounded by MBA students who actively took part in organizing the award ceremony

VivaCell-MTS (K-Telecom CJSC) is Armenia’s leading mobile operator, having the widest 2G/3.5G/4G network reach and spreading a wide range of Voice and Data services all across Armenia. Having the best of the Armenian people interest at heart since its launch on 1st July 2005 and in a short period of time VivaCell-MTS has managed to build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base. VivaCell-MTS drives innovation and aims at always being at the forefront of any development serving the Armenian mobile communications market. For more information, visit

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company services over 100 million subscribers. The regions of Russia, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, in which MTS and its associates and subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services, have a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about MTS can be found at

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The AUA School of Business and Management (SBM) is the leading business school in Armenia and in the region and has catered to Armenian and international students, business corporations, and communities for the past 20 years. Its flagship program, the MBA degree, is a rigorous program that offers a balance between theory and practice, the quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and the economic and social responsibilities of business leadership. SBM values entrepreneurship and innovation, rigor and excellence in academic work, and adheres to strict ethical standards. Additional information about AUA can be found at .

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