Banking And Insurance To Be Taught At French University In Armenia


by Erik Abrahamyan

Thursday, May 29, 23:59

Banking and Insurance specialty will be introduced in the French
University in Armenia (UFAR). On May 29, Samvel Chzmachyan, President
of the Union of Banks of Armenia, Hakob Andreasyan, CEO at ACBA-Credit
Agricole Bank, and UFAR Rector Jean-Jacques Montois gave a press
conference timed to the opening of the Banking and Insurance specialty
at the UFAR.

Jean-Jacques Montois said that the specialty has been introduced in
the University in partnership with L’Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3.

The graduates are awarded a bachelor’s diploma of Armenian type and
a French licence. As many as 60 people can be included in the first
cohort given the current demand from the financial structures. He
added that 80% of the 1300 UFAR graduates have already been placed
in job. Moreover, 30% of them have found a job in the banking and
insurance sector of Armenia.

Samvel Chzmachyan, in turn, said that the introduction of the
specified specialty aims to replenish the financial sector with skilled
specialists. “Our lasting cooperation with UFAR was built at various
levels. There are UFAR graduates among the employees of our Bank and
we are pleased with their knowledge, but in the future we would like
to have employees specialized in banking”, said Hakob Andreasyan.

Upon completion of the press conference, the Union of Banks of Armenia
and the French University in Armenia concluded an agreement on opening
of theBanking and Insurance specialty, while UFAR and ACBA-Credit
Agricole Bank agreed to launch cooperation.

To note, the Armenian Government and L’Universite Jean Moulin Lyon
3 signed the cooperation agreement in February 2001. Since its very
first days, UFAR has been a lighthouse of cooperation with France
and the backbone of Francophonie in Armenia. UFAR has 3 faculties.

To recall, “ACBA Credit Agricole Bank” CJSC has been operating in
Armenia since 1995. Since September 2006, the majority shareholder of
the Bank has been Credit Agricole S.A. with a 15.56% stake. Another
major shareholder, SJSC “Sacam International” (member of Credit
Agricole S.A.), has a 12.44% stake. By its key figures, ACBA Credit
Agricole Bank was among the top-5 Armenian banks in 2013.

From: A. Papazian

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