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AUA President’s Visit to UCLA

American University of Armenia President Bruce Boghosian met with UCLA faculty and colleagues, with the goal of initiating fresh collaborations between the two institutions.

On Thursday, May 19, the President of the American University of Armenia, Dr. Bruce Boghosian, visited UCLA during his recent trip to California. Boghosian, a distinguished mathematician and former Department Chair of Mathematics at Tufts University, met with UCLA faculty and colleagues whose research and scholarly interests overlap with those of the faculty at the AUA, with the goal of initiating potential collaborations and building interactions between the two institutions. The visit was sponsored by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, and coordinated by Interim Vice Provost Randal Johnson and Gohar Grigorian of the UCLA International Institute.

Attendees at UCLA luncheon with AUA President Bruce Boghosian. Seated, l-r: Prof. Ann Karagozian, AUA President Boghosian, Interim Associate Vice Provost Roger Waldinger. Standing, l-r: Founding AUA President emeritus Prof. Mihran Agbabian, Dr. Shant Shekherdimian, Prof. Claire Panosian-Dunavan, Nursing Director Salpy Akaragian, Prof. Peter Cowe, AUA President emeritus Prof. Haroutune Armenian, Prof. Richard Hovannisian, Fullbright Coordinator Ann Kerr, and Prof. Eric Esrailian.

The scholarly areas of particular interest are computer and information sciences, industrial management, civil engineering, finance, energy generation and distribution, public health/health sciences, and political science and international affairs. Boghosian also spoke with colleagues about the AUA digital library, one of the most extensive in the world containing Armenian documents.  

A luncheon was held so that Boghosian could meet with UCLA’s Interim Associate Vice Provost, Roger Waldinger, along with a number of other scholars from UCLA and other academic institutions in the greater Los Angeles area.  During the luncheon, Boghosian spoke about AUA’s past accomplishments, its recent growth and its future development.  He noted that, while no firm decisions have been made, AUA is now studying the possibility of instituting an undergraduate program. “I would like to see a great number of well-trained Armenian civil engineers in our country who will be able to participate in the construction of the projected North-South Highway from Georgia to Iran, passing through Armenia”, said Boghosian.

AUA and UCLA have long had close ties. The AUA Department of English Programs was designed by UCLA faculty, under the leadership of Professor Russell Campbell, a well-respected scholar, who served as professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at UCLA for many years, and who was the founding director of the UCLA International Institute’s Language Resource Center. “AUA is delighted to explore opportunities for developing even closer ties with UCLA in the years ahead, including possible summer programs, internships, faculty exchange, and curriculum development,” said Boghosian.

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 values.

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