May 2, 2011

American University of Armenia Corporation
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Contact: Gaiane Khachatrian
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AUA Increases its Capacity to Enroll More Students and Initiate New Academic

Last week, a shipment of 450 new high-quality student chairs, as well as
office desk chairs and equipment for the Acopian Center for Environment
arrived at the Yerevan campus of the American University of Armenia (AUA).
The chairs, purchased in the US and shipped to AUA with the help of the
United Armenian Fund, will be used in the newly refinished and furnished
classrooms of the university's original building. The complete renovation
of this building, along with the recent opening of a new campus building,
has upgraded and substantially increased the university's capacity to enroll
more students and initiate new academic programs.

It has been two and a half years since AUA opened a new, state-of-the-art
building, the Paramaz Avedisian Building (PAB), on its Yerevan campus. This
construction was made possible by significant contributions from the
Avedisian family, the Manoogian Simone Foundation, the TF Educational
Foundation, and many other past and present supporters of AUA. The PAB is a
four-story, 108,000 square foot building designed to accommodate the latest
in classroom video, computer, and telecommunications equipment.

The renovation and furnishing of the classrooms and offices, as well as the
upgrade of AUA's information technology infrastructure in the PAB was made
possible by a grant from USAID's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad
program. This grant also included replacement of all old windows in the
original building, installation of air conditioning system, improvement of
network connectivity, purchase of desktop computers, printers, notebooks and
software. These infrastructure improvements were necessary for the
furtherance of AUA's mission to develop as a learning institution that
introduces new and transformational methodologies for training and educating
future leaders and entrepreneurs in Armenia and the surrounding region.

By increasing its classroom space and improving its facilities, AUA will
have the capacity to more than double its current enrollment, and also to
welcome new students from outside of Armenia, in order to create a more
diverse campus environment. The university also aims to expand adult and
professional education programs and to host more academic conferences, to
reach a wider audience.

The entire AUA community expresses its gratitude to The Lincy Foundation,
the United Armenian Fund and USAID for their past and present support to the
university, and for their assistance and cooperation in advancing education
in Armenia through AUA.

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Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia is affiliated with the
University of California system and is accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges, one of the six regional accrediting bodies
recognized by the US Department of Education. Through teaching, research
and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high
quality education in seven different major fields, encouraging civic
engagement, and promoting democratic governance.

From: A. Papazian