October 30, 2018

Armenia Hosts UWC International Governance Meetings for the First Time

For the first time, United World College (UWC) Dilijan hosts the meetings of the UWC international governance bodies.

On October 21-28, the college hosted the annual UWC Governance meeting and the regional meeting of the UWC National Committees of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The event brought together over one hundred participants - members of the international governance bodies of the UWC movement – including the Heads and Chairs of the 17 UWC colleges in four continents, the Executive Director of the UWC International Office, representatives of the UWC International Board and International Council, as well as the National Committees of the MENA region.

The agenda of the international governance meetings included a vast array of topics related to the activities of the United World Colleges, admissions, as well as other issues relating to the exchange of best practice among the UWCs.

Aside from this, during their stay in Armenia, the participants of the governance meetings had the chance to learn about the Armenian culture and history by visiting places of interest and historic sights.

“For the first time, Armenia, represented by UWC Dilijan, is hosting the annual governance meetings of UWC international bodies, during which various issues related to modern education were discussed. The fact that these meetings were held in Armenia comes to prove that through the work of UWC Dilijan, Armenia is reinforcing its place on the global education map,” said Veronika Zonabend, the Chair of the Board of Governors of UWC Dilijan.

During the event organized for the college guests, the students and local children presented their model of peaceful coexistence of various cultures and traditions under the roof of UWC Dilijan. The spouse of Acting Prime Minister of Armenia, Anna Hakobyan, the Acting Minister of Culture of Armenia Lilit Makunts, foreign ambassadors accredited in Armenia, representatives of international and partner organizations attended the event.

“This is the first time I am visiting UWC Dilijan. This is an educational institution where children are not just taught math, literature and other subjects but are also taught how to live, communicate and come to know other nations, cultures and traditions. Having talked to the students and seeing how they present their college and knowledge, it is amazing what a broad window of opportunities and prospects the college opens for students. It embodies a window of opportunities that one can only dream of. I want to extend my gratitude to the founders of UWC Dilijan for creating such opportunities,” said Anna Hakobyan, greeting UWC Dilijan students and guests.

 

About United World Colleges (UWC) movement

The mission of the United World Colleges movement is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The movement founded in 1962 currently has 17 international schools and colleges in four continents and National Committees in over 150 countries, which select an international and diverse student body and implement short-term education programs.

UWC Dilijan is the first international boarding school of the UWC education model in Eastern Europe and CIS. The college was opened in Dilijan, Armenia, in 2014, and currently has 218 students from nearly 80 countries. The admissions policy is need-based and allows everyone to apply, irrespective of their socioeconomic state. 40% of students receive full or almost full scholarships and 50% receive financial aid. In 2016, the first cohort of graduates left UWC Dilijan. The majority went on to pursue their education in top educational institutions in the world.

For more information click here: www.uwc.org.

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